Paterson sets another record - Press release06/04:
N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited, Marine Division, is pleased to announce that the flag ship of the fleet, MV PATERSON, has set another record load in the Port of Thunder Bay. On May 24, 1997, MV PATERSON sailed for the Port of Windsor with a load of Number 1 Canola which totalled 26,881.588 metric tonnes.
Mr. Robert J. Paterson, Chief Executive Officer, Paterson Marine Division, commented "The PATERSON has added to her record of
achievements. This vessel has set records for the carriage of wheat, barley, soybeans, and iron ore on the St. Lawrence Seaway System. Our ability to offer customers efficient transportation of all bulk commodities is consistently enhanced by this ship. By extending the overall length of the ship when we built her, additional cargo can be carried which ensures the economic viability and competitiveness of the vessel in a tough marketplace."
The Paterson company is a recognized leader in the carriage of bulk cargoes on the Great Lakes and innovative grain elevator design and construction on the prairies. The company currently operates seven modern bulk carriers in its Marine Division and 50 grain elevators across western Canada in its Grain Division.
Other records set by the vessel are as follows:
MV PATERSON set a record load for wheat loaded at Thunder Bay, Ontario, May 18, 1994. The amount was 29,016.427 metric tonnes and was delivered to the lower St. Lawrence River for eventual export.
MV PATERSON set a record load for barley loaded at Thunder Bay, Ontario, August 17, 1987. The amount loaded was 27,960.765 metric tonnes and was delivered to the lower St. Lawrence River for eventual export.
MV PATERSON set a record load for soybeans loaded at the Port of Duluth, Minnesota, May 5th, 1996. The amount loaded was 28,941.613 metric tonnes (1,063,471.20/60 bushels). The supplier was Harvest States Cooperatives, Superior Terminal, and the destination port was Three Rivers, PQ.
MV PATERSON set a St. Lawrence Seaway record for iron ore pellets loaded at Sept Isles, Quebec, November 20, 1995 and delivered to Burns Harbour, Indiana. The amount loaded was 29,651 metric tonnes.
The MV PATERSON was launched in Collingwood, Ontario on April 18, 1985. The shipyard delivered the vessel in June of that year to N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited. At the time of delivery the ship represented the pinnacle of Great Lakes shipbuilding technology and design, including such features as the most hydrodynamically optimized hull form combined with a single fuel efficient diesel engine burning heavier and cheaper fuels. The shipyard anticipated the vessel's ability to carry heavier loads due to the advent and use of higher tensile, hence lighter, steels during construction. Through computer aided design and close attention to detail the ship is a full two metres longer than any other in her class. This added length is found under the waterline in her bow design which saw the creation of an extended ram portion which can be inserted below the lowered boom at the exits from the various locks within the seaway system.
When contacted regarding this most recent achievement, Paul Kennedy, Director of Marketing and Communications, Port of Thunder Bay commented "The Port of Thunder Bay is encouraged to see new benchmarks in customer service and operational efficiency being established. The record canola cargo aboard the MV PATERSON illustrates that the Port of Thunder Bay and the Great Lakes transportation route are exceeding customer needs for economic bulk transportation."
For further information please contact:
N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited
1918 Yonge Street, P.O. Box 664
Thunder Bay, Ontario. P7C 4W6
Reported by: D.C. Paterson