St. Lambert, Quebec ---- March 22, 2013 ---– The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced today the opening of the Seaway’s 55th navigation season with the transit of Canada Steamship Lines’ newly built Baie St. Paul through the St. Lambert Lock. Marking the first of a series of new vessels being constructed specifically for use in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Baie St. Paul ushers in a new era in domestic shipping.
“Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) ranks prominently among a number of Canadian shipowners who are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to build new vessels, testifying to the confidence these firms have in the future of the Great Lakes-Seaway System,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC. “The new vessels coming into service will bolster marine transportation’s competitive edge as the most energy efficient means of moving cargo.”
“The Baie St. Paul is the first of CSL’s Trillium Class of vessels, which sets new standards in operational and energy efficiency, reliability and environmental protection,” said CSL’s President Louis Martel. “The Baie St. Paul is 15% more fuel efficient than CSL's previous class of ships – vessels that were already among the most efficient in the Lakes – and will save approximately 750 tonnes of fuel per year, amounting to a yearly carbon emission reduction of 2,400 tonnes.”
Companies seeking to bolster their supply chain’s sustainability are taking note that ships have a very small carbon footprint. The SLSMC’s Bowles said: “A peer-reviewed study, released in February of 2013, confirms that marine generates the least greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of any transportation mode. The new vessels can move a tonne of cargo very efficiently, and when compared to the state-of-the-art equipment in alternate modes, generate 38% less GHG emissions than rail and 88% less GHG emissions than trucks.”
In terms of the outlook for cargo volume on the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2013, the SLSMC’s Bowles noted that he continues to be upbeat. “Seaway tonnage is forecast to exceed a total of 40 million tonnes for the year,” said Bowles.
Craig Middlebrook, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, stated: “The resurgence of manufacturing in North America is fueling demand for both traditional and new Seaway cargoes, having positive implications for Great Lakes shipping. Just as the private sector is investing in new vessels and new engines, public sector investments in lock rehabilitation, port infrastructure, and new navigation technologies are laying the foundation for sustained future growth.”
Over 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes-Seaway System. For more information on the St. Lawrence Seaway, including the findings of the recently published environmental study comparing transportation modes, please consult the www.greatlakes-seaway.com website.
Baie St. Paul
The Baie St. Paul is Canada Steamship Lines’ first new Trillium Class Laker and the first newbuild self-unloading Laker to be introduced into the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway since 1985. On her first trip of 2013, the ship is sailing to Superior, Wisconsin to pick up iron ore pellets destined for Quebec City. The vessel features the latest engine technology and hull design to increase fuel efficiency and decrease air emissions; double hulls to prevent spills in the event of an accident and state-of-the-art cargo handling systems to minimize dust and cargo residue.
The Baie St. Paul is 15% more fuel efficient than CSL's previous class of ships, and will save approximately 750 tonnes of fuel per year – amounting to yearly carbon emissions reductions of 2,400 tonnes. She received the International Bulk Journal’s 2012 Bulk Ship of the Year Award and was selected by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as a Significant Ship of 2012.
Length: 225.5 metres (longer than two football fields)
Height: 14.75 metres (Higher than three-story office building)
Deadweight: 30,034 metric tonnes at maximum Seaway draught
34,490 metric tonnes at Scantling draught
Built: Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China
Delivered: December 2012
Crew: 15-18 Canadian crew members
Captain: James (Jim) Leaney, Commodore