Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature - Algofax
This lake and ocean class tanker was launched Dec.16, 1968 as the Imperial Bedford for Imperial Oil Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON. She was built by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Lauzon, PQ with an ice-strengthened hull to Ice Class 1 standards. She is powered by a 5 cylinder 6410 horsepower MAN diesel engine driving a single propeller giving her a rated service speed of 13.5 knots and is equipped with a controllable pitch bow thruster. Her 20 tanks, 7 of which are heated, can hold 110352 barrels of petroleum products at maximum Seaway draft of 26 feet and are capable of holding 117602 barrels (equivalent to 14204 tons dwt) at her maximum mid-summer draft of 27 feet 2 inches.
For Imperial Oil, many of her summers were spent on the Canadian Arctic runs; sometimes as far as Resolute Bay, a round trip of about 5325 miles requiring up to 30 days to complete.
Algoma Tankers Ltd. (division of Algoma Central Corp, Sault Ste. Marie, ON) assumed ownership of Imperial Oil's tanker fleet at the beginning of the 1998 season. The Imperial Bedford was renamed Algofax at that time. Not a frequent visitor to the Great Lakes; the Algofax continues using her ice handling capabilities by servicing communities in the Canadian Arctic.
Overall dimensions Length 485'05" Beam 70'02" Depth 33'03" Capacity (barrels) 117,602