In a naming ceremony held at Yangfan shipyard in Zhoushan, China on April 24, 2014, CSL unveiled the names of its two newbuild Trillium Class bulk carriers.
The first to be revealed was the CSL St-Laurent, named in honour of the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway in which CSL vessels have sailed for over 100 years. The second bulker, the CSL Welland, was named as a tribute to the Welland Canal, the intricate system of eight locks that enables ships to navigate to and from North America’s heartland.
The 36,100-DWT, seaway size gearless bulkers are part of CSL’s ambitious fleet renewal program which oversaw the delivery of four new Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers and three Panamax self-unloaders in 2012-2013.
The two new vessels are scheduled to enter the Canada Steamship Lines fleet later this year and will operate in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.
Featuring IMO Tier II compliant main engines and the latest environmental and safety technologies, the state-of-the art new bulkers will be consistent with the high standards set by the Trillium Class of operational efficiency, reliability and environmental sustainability.