Canadian flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carrier Algoma Central Corporation has received a new Equinox-class lake bulk carrier from Nantong Mingde shipyard in China.
The Algoma Harvester vessel is the second in the series of eight new Equinox carriers and will join the first ship, the Algoma Equinox, as part of the company’s 32-vessel Canadian-flagged Great Lakes fleet.
Around $300m has been invested by Algoma to build six Equinox-class vessels, while the remaining two will be constructed by CWB.
Algoma Harvester will provide the extra capacity required to meet the needs of Canadian grain farmers to take last year’s record crop to market.
Algoma president and CEO Greg Wight said: “We are looking forward to the Algoma Harvester’s arrival in Canada this summer.”
“We continue to be pleased with our decision to develop an innovative and advanced vessel and our commitment to sustainability is evident in the performance we are achieving from the Equinox-class vessels.”
Representing the next generation of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels, the Equinox-class ships are equipped with a modern tier two compliant engine for optimised fuel efficiency and a fully integrated IMO approved exhaust gas scrubber.
The use of exhaust gas scrubbers will remove 97% of all sulphur oxides from shipboard emissions.
Designed with increased cargo capacity and improved hull form, the ships deliver operating performance and minimise environmental impact.