SAULT STE. MARIE — In the early afternoon of Monday, Sept. 21, spectators could watch the Algoma Equinox travel through the St. Mary’s River as it was on its way to Thunder Bay, Canada.
The Algoma Equinox is a bulk carrier built in 2013 in Tongzhou, China, and is sailing under the flag of Canada. When built, it was one of the ships to feature a new design of lake freighters by Delta Marine, a design firm. Algoma Central claimed this novel design and technology made the vessels 45% more energy efficient compared to earlier vessels. According to BoatNerd.com, the ship can also carry 20% more cargo as a result of its highly efficient design. Additionally, it has a much lower fuel consumption with the benefit of a 97% removal of sulphur oxide emissions. The ship can operate with as few as 18 sailors.
Since this vessel is considered to be a gearless bulker, it utilizes shore facilities to load and unload cargo. Primarily, the Algoma Equinox travels the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway to transport iron ore and grain.
Algoma Equinox is approximately 740 feet long with a beam of 78 feet. The ship has a gross tonnage of 23,895 and a deadweight tonnage of 39,400. The ship even features individual cabins with washrooms, broadband internet and satellite TV for all crew members.
Source: The Sault News