Salarium
IMO 7902233

St. Marys River.
(Jeff and Greg Barber)


The motor vessel Nanticoke (sailing as Salarium since 2009) was launched on December 18, 1979, at Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON, for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. She is strengthened for ocean service and is considered to be of the Nova Scotia/St. Lawrence-class standards. She is 730' x 75' 8" x 46' 6," is powered by two Crossley-Pielstick diesel engines producing 9,000 h.p., and has a mid-summer draft capacity of 35,100 tons.

Canada Steamship Lines is known for its vessel utilizations and experimentations, and during the Nanticoke's maiden year of service she took part in the first-ever direct unloading of coal to a deep ocean-going ship while at sea. This was considered a success, and CSL continues to actively use their vessels to discharge coal and iron ore cargos on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Canso Straits.

The Nanticoke made history again during the 1997 navigation season as she and two other sister ships, the Atlantic Huron and Atlantic Erie, participated in one of the most complex and challenging projects ever taken on by Canada Steamship Lines. The Hibernia Challenge, as it was named, called for CSL to directly deliver magnetite ore into an offshore drilling platform for ballasting the rig to the ocean floor. The project called for 411,000 tons of the dense material to set the giant caissons firmly to the seabed off the coast of Newfoundland. The three ships were fitted with a Dutch-designed operating/discharging system where the magnetite had to be mixed with water to form a slurry. Her forward most cargo hold was used specifically to house the added machinery and pumps and a special discharge unit was attached ahead of the bow.

Nanticoke, Atlantic Huron and Atlantic Erie each made four round trips from an exclusively built ore dock in Newfoundland to the Hibernia platform, taking an average of 12 days to complete the trip. The three CSL captains and officers received advanced ship handling techniques and training while utilizing simulators due to the often volatile sea conditions in the northern Atlantic. On August 13, 1997, the Nanticoke delivered the last load of magnetite to the project, and the specially designed equipment was removed from all three vessels and each returned to their Great Lakes/Seaway trades. The Hibernia oil rig was expected to produce up to 150,000 barrels per day and has a storage capacity of over 1,000,000 barrels.

In April 2009, Nanticoke was chartered by Societe Quebecoise D'Exploration Miniere, Ste-Foy, QC to replace Algoma Central's Sauniere, which they had held under charter from 1982 until her retirement in March 2009. Nanticoke was fittingly renamed Salarium in Montreal (meaning a 'payment made in salt') and deployed to carry salt between Iles-de-la Madeleine (Magdalene Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence) and Quebec ports along the lower St. Lawrence River as well as Great Lakes and East Coast ports. She occasionally makes trips to the upper Great Lakes to load coal and iron ore when not required on the salt run.


Written by Todd Davidson.



Ship Particulars
Length 730' 00" (225.51m)
Beam 75' 11" (23.14m)
Depth 46' 06" (14.17m)
Midsummer Draft 32' 0" (9.75m)
Unloading Boom Conveyor Length 250' (79.2m)
Capacity 35,100 tons
Engine Power 10,700 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Nanticoke 1979 - 2009
Salarium 2009 - Today

 


Nanticoke 1979 - 2009
(Canada Steamship Lines)

With black hull.
(Todd Davidson)

Approaching Lock 7 in the Welland Canal, Oct. 27, 2000.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Underway.
(CSL)

Passing Detroit River Light, Jan. 3, 2001.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Stuck in the ice.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Samuel Risley works to free her.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Bow profile.
(Neil Schultheiss)

Heading to the elevators in Toledo, Oct. 15, 2001.
(Jim Hoffman)

Pinned by the current up against the bridge in Toledo, Oct. 17, 2001.
(Jim Hoffman)

Tugs work to free herother view.
(Dave Wobser)

A view of the spectators with the tugs making progress.
(Bob Densic)

The tugs pushing her twards the dock to tie up.
(Bob Densic)

Stern view on the Detroit River, Nov. 9, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Loading grain in Windsor, Nov. 16, 2001.
(Mike Nicholls)

Entering Lock 7 in the Welland Canal, Dec. 3, 2001.
(Alex Howard)

Stack & web site address.
(Alex Howard)

Downbound on the Seaway, April 11, 2002.
(Peter Carter)

Passing Grassy Island on the Detroit River, June 9, 2002.
(Mike Nicholls)

Downbound at Mission Pt., Aug. 7, 2003.
(Ben & Chanda McClain)

Clear of Lock 3 upbound, July 20, 2007.
(Randy Martens)

Close up of the pilothouse.
(Randy Martens)

       
Salarium 2009 - Today
(Societe Quebecoise D'Exploration Miniere - SOQUEM)

Name being painted out while in Montreal, March 27, 2009.
(René Beauchamp)

A closer view.
(René Beauchamp)

New stack markings, April 12, 2009.
(René Beauchamp)

St. Lawrence River by Trois-Rivieres, 2009.
(René Beauchamp)

Upbound Welland Canal, Apr. 15, 2010.
(Paul Beesley)

New stack markings.
(Paul Beesley)

Inbound Maumee Bay at Toledo, Apr. 16, 2010.
(Jim Hoffman)

Above Sarnia at Buoys 1 & 2, April 21, 2010.
(Marc Dease)

Making the turn at the buoys.
(Marc Dease)

Downbound at Port Huron above the Blue Water Bridge, April 21, 2010.
(Bruce Hurd)

Close up of the stack and pilothouse.
(Bruce Hurd)

Passing by Algonac, April 21, 2010.
(Don Detloff)

Close up of the stern.
(Don Detloff)

Outbound Hamilton, April 23, 2010.
(Eric Holmes)

Out into Lake Ontario.
(Eric Holmes)

Undergoing work on the propeller at Montreal, 2011.
(Adrian Platts)

Closer view.
(Adrian Platts)

Kort Nozzle.
(Adrian Platts)

Upbound at Mission Pt., June 13, 2011.
(Herm Klein)

Close up of the bow.
(Herm Klein)

Entering Soo Harbor.
(Herm Klein)

Docking at Warf 2 below Lock 1 to take on supplies, Aug. 31, 2011.
(Michel Gosselin)

All tied up.
(Michel Gosselin)

Up goes a load of supplies.
(Michel Gosselin)

Atlantic Larch swings the bow of Salarium as it leaves the drydock, Sept. 4, 2012.
(Mac Mackay)

As part of the refit, the hull was repainted from the deck down to the keel.
(Mac Mackay)

Under the EJ&E bridge with G-Tug Massachusetts leading, July 25, 2013.
(Lou Gerard)

Waiting for NS5 to go up.
(Lou Gerard)

Clear of NS5 she approaches 100th St.
(Lou Gerard)

With G-Tug Colorado working her stern at the Morton Dock at 100th St.
(Lou Gerard)

Upbound on the St. Clair River at Harsens Island, July 28, 2013.
(Rod Burdick)

Downbound above the Soo Locks, Aug. 7, 2017.
(Roger LeLievre)

Heading into the MacArthur Lock.
(Roger LeLievre)

   

 


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