this past weekend brought two Bulkers to national gypsum. the First was CSL’s Thunder Bay, a trillium class laker. while it was loading, the Handy size Algoma Integrity took to the anchorage in Bedford Basin to wait its turn.
Due to sail tonight at 2230, the CSL Trillium Class self unloading bulk carrier Thunder Bay finishing loading at National Gypsum.
CSL Tacoma at anchor in the Basin.
CSL Tacoma spent a few days at anchor in the basin, before moving to pier 27 this morning, presumably to take on bunkers. The ship moved to National Gypsum this Afternoon.
The Trillium class laker Baie St. Paul made her Second call to Halifax, stopping at pier 9. the ship visited National Gypsum in June 2019.
So far she is the only trillium Class laker to make to Halifax, though the Trillium Class Bulkers are a more common site, with CSL Tecumseh calling last week, and CSL Tacoma and, Rt. Hon Paul E Martin also making calls in the past.
The Baie St. Paul made its first call to Halifax, Loading Gypsum for Cote Ste. Catherine in Quebec. The ship sailed just after 1400 on Sunday.
Baie St Paul is the first of 4 trillium Class Geared Bulkers, and was completed in China in 2012. CSL Also built 6 new panamax Trillum Class Ships for its Americas fleet, though they are built like traditional ocean going bulkers, and lack the seawaymax form of the Lakers. 2 additional trillium class lakers were built without the self unloading gear.
Though built in China, the ships were not built for ocean voyages, and arrived with temporary reinforcing that was removed on arrival to Canada. Baie St. Paul had additional reinforcing added during last winters layup to allow it perform coastal work. – Previous CSL Lakers were common callers in Halifax, Particularly Atlantic Huron and Salarium
The CSL bulker Ferbec arrived in Halifax March 13. the ship was operating under the Barbados flag internationally over the winter, and will will be re-flagged to Canada. The ship is under contract to Rio Tinto and shuffles ore between the mine in Havre St-Pierre and processor in Sorel-Tracy
Built in 2012, and registered in the Bahamas, she trades as part of the CSL Americas fleet, which is dedicated to international trade. The Cargo is likely bound for a Drywall plant in Baltimore.
CSL Frontier is no stranger to Nova Scotia waters. She was built as the Gypsum Centennial, specifically to trade out of the gypsum dock at Hantsport on the bay of fundy. As a result, she is built to a shallower draft, and is wider then most bulk carriers of her size. Painted Black, and Flagged in Barbados, she trades for CSL’s international arm.
Todays voyage was bound for Georgia.