Algoma Central Corporation, St. Catharines, Ontario, has taken delivery of the Algoma Intrepid, its second Equinox 650-foot Class self-unloading dry-bulk carrier. The ship has begun her voyage to Canada from the 3 Maj Shipyard in Croatia and is expected to begin trading on the Great Lakes in November.
The Algoma Intrepid is the sister ship to the Algoma Innovator, which entered service in early 2018 and, like that ship, features a forward-mounted boom that enables cargo to be delivered at hard-to-reach docks.
“The arrival of the Algoma Intrepid will cement our position as the largest and most diverse fleet on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway,” said Gregg Ruhl, president and CEO of Algoma. “We are very much looking forward to her arrival and are eager to not only welcome her into the Algoma fleet but to also introduce her to our customers. I would like to thank the Algoma Equinox Class team for another successful delivery and to the crew on board, wishing you all a safe voyage bringing the ship home.”
In other Equinox Class news, Algoma Central the keel has been laid for the new Captain Henry Jackman at Jiangsu Yangzi-Mitsui Shipbuilding Company in China. This Seaway-Max gearless bulk carrier is expected to be delivered during the second quarter of 2021 and will be the newest and most efficient vessel in Algoma’s Canadian domestic fleet.
The design is being called “Equinox 3.0” and includes improvements in cargo deadweight capacity and equipment while maintaining the performance efficiencies of the original Equinox Class design.