For the first time in the shipyard’s five-decade history, two ships were christened on the same day at Port Weller Dry Docks
in St. Catharines. The vessels, Hull 79 and Hull 516, were renamed and welcomed at a ceremony at the yard on March 3.
The third of three CSL vessels to have forebody replacements at Port Weller
, Hull 79, which was sponsored by Kimberley Pauley, wife of Capt. Steve Pauley, is the last part of a $100 million contract with Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering.
In addition to a completely new hull, which has been attached to the engine room portion of the former MV Louis R. Demarais, Hull 79 also boasts automated self-unloading equipment. Hull 79 also holds the distinction as one of the largest ships on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway, at SeawayMax size.
Known as the former MV Tadoussac, Hull 516 has been converted to a single-belt unloading system from a three-belt system. The vessel has also undergone a mid-life refit, and has been widened from 75 to 78 ft.