Rt. Hon Paul J. Martin christened at Port Weller Dry Docks03/30:
The newest member of the Canada Steamship Lines' fleet, the M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin was christened Wednesday in a colorful ceremony attended by hundreds at Port Weller Dry Docks at the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal. The M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin joins the CSL Niagara as the one of two "SeawayMax" vessels, the largest Canadian ships ever built for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence.
The M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is the second of three forebodies to be built by Port Weller Dry Docks as part of a $100 million fleet reinvestment program by CSL. The keel of the third CSL vessel in the contract was laid just minutes before the christening ceremony.
At 225.5 meters (740 feet) in length, 23.75 meters (78 feet) in width and 14.75 meters (48 feet) in depth, building the M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin required more than 6,000 tons of steel. In this unique shipbuilding project, an entirely new hull was constructed, and joined to the engine-room portion of the M.V. H.M. Griffith. The M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin is only the second ship to be built to the St. Lawrence Seaway's new maximum-size allowances, and features the most up-to-date self-unloading system available, unloading its cargo at rates up to 5,445 tonnes per hour.
Heralding the arrival of CSL's newest vessel and welcoming it into the fleet, Canada Steamship Lines Vice President, Marketing & Customer Services, Tom Brodeur said, "We can all appreciate the scope of the project today when we see one ship being named and the keel for another being laid. It's a proud and exciting day for Canada Steamship Lines. This vessel is a showcase to all who have been involved in this satisfying project, and a tribute to the men and women of Port Weller Dry Docks."
Noting that more than 300 Port Weller shipbuilders constructed the new forebody, Alan Thoms, President and CEO of Port Weller Dry Docks' parent company, Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering, said, "We're proud of the skill and teamwork of the Port Weller shipbuilders. Their expertise ensured that this ambitious project was completed on time and on budget."
The third vessel in the $100 million contract is scheduled for delivery in 2001, ensuring work for approximately 300 Port Weller Dry Docks employees on a year-round basis for the duration of the contract. CSL holds options on two other ships with Port Weller Dry Docks for delivery in 2002 and 2003.
Canadian Shipbuilding & Engineering Ltd. (CSE), one of Canada's premier shipbuilding and repair companies, is the parent company of Port Weller Dry Docks, the only Canadian shipbuilder on the Great Lakes.
The vessel is named for the late Right Honourable Paul J. Martin constructed at Port Weller Dry Docks, St. Catharines, Ont. from an entirely new forebody joined to the engine-room portion of the M.V. H.M. Griffith .
She is the second of three forebodies commissioned at Port Weller Dry Docks as part of a CAN$100 million fleet renewal project by Canada Steamship Lines.
M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin is identical in size to its sister ship, the CSL Niagara; they are the two largest vessels ever constructed for the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence: a "Seamax"-class vessel .
The vessel's self-unloading equipment is a twin-belt gravity system with a loop-belt elevator. It will unload at a rate of 5,4000 tonnes per hour. The principal dimensions of the M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin are: Overall length 225.5 metres (740 feet) Beam 23.76 metres (78 feet) Depth moulded 14.75 metres (48 feet) Draught 9 metres (29.6 feet) Deadweight 35,560 tonnes Horse power 9,000 BHP Cargo capacity 40,207 cubic meters Unloading capacity 5,445 tonnes (6,000 short tons) per hour .
The M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin carries a compliment of 24, consisting of 18 crew and 6 officers. Capt. Steve Pauley, of Port Elgin, New Brunswick, is Master of the vessel. Dave Mellor is Chief Engineer.
She is owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines Inc., Montreal. With the addition of the M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J Martin, the number of self-unloading vessels in the CSL domestic fleet is maintained at 11. With a number of ocean-going vessels in addition to its domestic fleet, CSL is the largest self-unloader fleet in the world.