British Columbia is seeing an unprecedented level of investment in ports, terminals and infrastructure to support Canada's growing trade with Asia. Each project helps create a more competitive environment for our ports and more jobs for communities throughout Western Canada.Read More
Shipping is the most efficient means of moving cargo worldwide, with ships carrying more than 90% of global trade by water. As ships transit through many jurisdictions and can cross several boundaries in one voyage, the international governance of shipping is essential for industry to maintain a degree of consistency and global acceptance.Read More
While international shipping has embraced the use of new technologies to enhance the mariner's toolkit for safe navigation, ships still look to our professional marine pilots to assist in the safe navigation of vessels along our coast and in the Fraser River. The requirements for the safe navigation of ships are embodied in the Canada Shipping Act 2001 and other key pieces of marine-related legislation in Canada.Read More
Tankers have been calling BC ports for several decades and continue to demonstrate that industry best practices, which often exceed regulations, can ensure that these transits are done safely and without any harm to the surrounding environment.Read More
Algoma Equinox inbound to the St. Lawrence on her maiden voyage Dec 2013
In a major contribution to renewal of Canada’s domestic fleet, Algoma Equinox has been built for Algoma Central for Great Lakes trading. She is the lead ship of a class of eight vessels and forms part of a $400 million investment in fleet renewal. Her sister vessels were set for delivery at approximately three month intervals throughout 2014 and 2015 and are designed to meet the increasingly stringent air emission standards expected over the next several years. With this in mind, she is the first dry-bulk cargo ship in the Great Lakes to operate with a fully integrated, closed loop, exhaust gas scrubbing system that eliminates 97% of all sulphur oxide emissions.
Built by Mingde heavy Industy, Nantong, China in 2013
Owned and managed by Algoma Central Marine, St. Catherines, Ontario
GRT 24,284 tons
DWT 38.450 MT (29,650 tons on Seaway draft of 26’06”)
5 holds, 17 hatches
The Equinox class is a gearless bulk carrier. The first four of the new class of vessels will be of this design while the second four will have self-unloading machinery, consisting of a conveyor belt below the holds, and a long boom with a converyer belt on deck which can be swung outboard to port or starboard.
Algoma Central Corporation was incorporated on August 11, 1899 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as the Algoma Central Railway Company and was founded to construct a railway from Sault Ste. Marie to a main Canadian Pacific Rail line for the transport of iron ore and timber. The company also assumed an obligation to maintain a Great Lakes fleet of four steel vessels, an obligation that was met.
Today as a public company, Algoma holds a wide portfolio of interests in many aspects of the transportation industry, including trucking, helicopters, air expediting services, while maintaining its focus on domestic dry-bulk, product tankers, ocean shipping, and real estate.