By Skip Gillham
Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Ferbec
Ferbec is the last straight deck bulk carrier in the Canada Steamship Lines fleet. But she will not be seen on the Great Lakes as the hull is too wide for the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Instead, the ship keeps busy on the St. Lawrence hauling ilmenite ore from Havre St. Pierre to Sorel for QIT-Fer et Titane.
This vessel dates from l966 and construction by Ishikawajima-Harima heavy Industries at Tokyo, Japan, as their Hull 922. She entered service for the NYK Line as FUGAKU MARU.
The 732 foot long (overall) by l04 foot beam (223.11 x 3l.70 metre) bulker has a capacity of close to 56,000 tons deadweight.
She spent eleven years in the deep sea ore trade before a sale to CSL in l977.
In May, on her first trip as Ferbec, she loaded 26,000 tons of Alberta coal at Vancouver, BC, for delivery to Contracoeur, Que., and this cargo was transshipped to Stelco at Hamilton.
Over they years Ferbec has been busy on the St. Lawrence but has taken time out for travels to South American and European ports. A $2 million refit at Montreal during the winter of 1995/96 should keep the 35,562 gross ton freighter plying the St. Lawrence for at least a while longer.
Overall dimensions Length 732'00" Beam 104'00" Depth 60'00" Capacity (tons deadweight) 56,000
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