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 Salarium near Trois-Riviers

Rene Beauchamp

Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature - Salarium

By Todd Davidson

The Nanticoke was launched on December 18, 1979, constructed by Collingwood Shipyards for Canada Steamship Lines Inc. She has been strengthened for ocean service and is considered to be of the "Nova Scotia/St. Lawrence" class standards. The Nanticoke is 730' x 75' 8" x46' 6" and is powered by two Crossley-Pielstick diesel engines producing 9,000 h.p. and has a mid-summer draft capacity of 35,100 tons. She is active in the ore, stone and coal trades.

Canada Steamship Lines are known for their vessel utilizations and experimentation, 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. As we all know, this was a great 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 2 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 sea bed off the coast of Newfoundland. The 3 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.

The Nanticoke, Atlantic Huron and Erie each made 4 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 3 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.

So, as long as CSL has the vision and commitment to excellence, the Nanticoke and all of her sisters have a great future still yet to come as they eye new markets to be explored and current ones to be expanded.

In 2009 Nanticoke was renamed Salarium and chartered to Societe Quebecoise D'Exploration Miniere, Ste-Foy, QC.


Overall dimensions
Length 730'00"
Beam 75'08"
Depth 46'06"
Capacity (tons) 35,100


Stuck in Toledo, 2001. Jim Hoffman

Another view. Bob Densic

Tugs work to free her. Bob Densic

Another view. Dave Wobser

Passing Detroit River Light, January, 2001. N. Schultheiss.

Stuck in the ice

Samuel Risley works to free her.

Bow profile.

With black hull. Todd Davidson

New stack markings. Rene Beauchamp

ToledoJim Hoffman

Aerial view loading in Sarnia. Don Coles

Loading in Windsor. Mike Nicholls

Welland Canal. Alex Howard

On the Seaway. Peter Carter

Detroit River. Mike Nicholls

Stern view. Mike Nicholls

Web site address. Alex Howard

Underway. CSL

Welland Canal. N.S.

On the St. Lawrence River. Marc Piché

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