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New Vessel For Canada's Upper Lake Shipping

Posted on February 8, 2010

Upper Lakes Shipping, Ontario, Canada, has announced that it and its unrelated partner in Seaway Marine Transport, also located in Ontario, Canada, have entered into an agreement with Chengxi Shipyard in China for the construction of an aft end that will be joined with a completed second coastal forebody. The contracted delivery date of the vessel is January 31, 2011.

The completed self-unloader will be named Canadian Mariner in honor of all the sailors who have contributed to Upper Lakes Shipping’s success on the waters of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and Eastern Seaboard.

The Canadian Mariner will be fitted with a 7200 kW MAN B&W Tier 1 emissions-compliant engine and built to full Seaway size. The vessel will also accommodate other equipment and systems that will enable it to be one of the most environmentally-friendly vessels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The company’s former gearless bulker of the same name served the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, first as the Newbrunswicker when built in 1963, and then as Canadian Mariner when purchased by Upper Lakes in 1972 until her retirement in 2007. The vessel will be crewed by Upper Lakes and bareboat chartered to Seaway Marine Transport for service beginning in the 2011 shipping season.

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