The last of Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) three state-of-the-art, new Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels, the CSL Tacoma, embarked on her maiden voyage from the Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China on October 12 at 12:00 local time, en route to Port McNeill, British Columbia where she is set to join her sister ships, the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin and the CSL Tecumseh.
Commanding the CSL Tacoma as she crosses the Pacific Ocean are Captain Denys Symonov and Chief Engineer Orlov Sergiy. She is expected to take approximately 18 days to complete her voyage.
The three new Panamaxes are part of the CSL Group’s broader fleet renewal program, which includes four new Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers and two new bulk carriers for the Canada Steamship Lines fleet. The Thunder Bay, the Whitefish Bay, the Baie Comeau, and the award-winning Baie St. Paul are already operating in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway; they will be joined by two new bulk carriers in the spring of 2014.
CSL’s Trillium Class vessels are currently the most advanced self-unloading ships in the world. Equipped to meet the evolving business needs and high environmental standards of customers, CSL’s next-generation vessels feature the latest engine technology and hull design to increase fuel efficiency and decrease air emissions, as well as state-of-the-art cargo handling systems to minimize dust and cargo residue.