A YEAR OF FIRSTS
CSL purchases two vessels from Australian National Lines’ (ANL) bulk division – the CSL Pacific and the Stadacona. CSL Australia is created to service bulk cabotage trades within Australia.
Today, CSL Australia operates 12 vessels and is the largest bulk operator in Australian trades.
CSL purchases 50% of Marbulk, which was servicing a fleet of self-unloaders in the Americas, and grows the CSL International Pool. Marbulk joins the CSL International Pool and becomes a partner with CSL and Oldendorff.
CSL invests heavily in a renewal program of its aging Lakes fleet. Three new forebodies are constructed and joined to aft ends of existing ships – a CSL innovation. Today, Canada Steamship Lines proudly operates the CSL Niagara, the CSL Assiniboine, the CSL Laurentien and the Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin – all Laker forebodies.
CSL orders the SST Berau for its Indonesian operations, the company’s first purpose-built transhipper. The SST Berau is followed by the introduction of the FOTP Derawan in 2008. Today, CSL remains at the forefront of belt transhipment technology.
• The CSL Niagara was originally called the J. W. McGiffin. In 1999, a new forebody (front-end) was attached to the middle and aft-end of the J. W. McGiffin and the CSL Niagara was born.