CSL’s new purpose-built diesel-electric self-unloading vessel enters service for Windsor Salt
“We are extremely proud of the early performance of our vessel, which is a testament to the expertise, ingenuity and skill of our design and newbuild teams who designed Nukumiand our sailors who now operate this highly sophisticated vessel.”
Specifically designed to meet the shipping and handling needs of Windsor Salt’s de-icing salt in Eastern Canadathe vessel’s advanced technology and innovative features were put to the test for the first time when loading at the Mines Seleines salt mine in the Magdalen Islands last week, and when unloading in Montreal yesterday.
On her maiden voyage to the Mines Seleine salt mine, the ship’s modern hull design and dual-daggerboard diesel-electric propulsion system demonstrated the ship’s ability to traverse narrow channels faster, at low tide. and with exceptional maneuverability.
The vessel’s fully automated single loading point and state-of-the-art cargo handling systems worked as intended and eliminated the need to move the vessel during loading, making the operation safer and more efficient. .
When discharging in Montrealthe ship’s shuttle dump boom layout significantly reduced travel, while boom-mounted sensor technology programmed in automatic stacking mode helped save crew time and effort.
Several innovations integrated into the design of MV Nukumi also reduce the vessel’s overall environmental footprint and are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants by 25% and 80% respectively, compared to previous vessels serving the same routes. These include Tier 3 diesel-electric motors, a ballast water treatment system, a waste heat recovery system and overall quieter machinery.
“Canadians rely on essential de-icing salts that Nukumi will deliver to stocks throughout Eastern Canada to help keep the roads safe during the winter,” said Luc B. SavoieVice President and Commercial Director, Windsor Salt Ltd. “Reducing the environmental impact of shipping our de-icing salt and ensuring everyone’s safety are important goals at Windsor Salt, and we are delighted that this new state-of-the-art vessel will help us achieve both. “
CSL would like to thank the Ministère des Transports du Québec for its financial contribution within the framework of the ministerial program to improve the efficiency of maritime, air and rail transport.
“With Avantage Saint-Laurent, our government has given Quebec a clear vision for the maritime industry: to align economic development and ecosystem protection. CSL Nukumi is a perfect example of what we want to do on the Saint Laurent. I am very proud to support this project which uses innovative and environmentally friendly shipping practices and which has concrete benefits for communities,” said Chantal Roll, of Quebec Minister of Transport.
For more information, visit mvnukumi.com.
About Canada Steamship Lines
Canada Steamship Lines is a division of The CSL Group, the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Based at Montreal with regional operations in the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia, CSL delivers millions of tons of freight annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and food and beverage industries. For more information, please visit cslships.com.
About Windsor Salt
Windsor Salt Ltd. has its registered office at Pointe Claire (Quebec) and employs approximately 775 people across Canada. The company‘s highly recognizable Windsor brand has been a part of Canadian life since 1893. Today, the Windsor The portfolio includes a full line of premium products for consumers, businesses and industry, from cooking salts and water softener salts to de-icing products and swimming pool salts. For more information, please visit WindsorSalt.com.
Windsor Salt Mines’ Seleine Mine has been in operation since 1982.
SOURCE The CSL Group Inc.