A Few New Ships

I left off yesterday in Sarnia, Ontario, where I saw the laid-up Lower Lakes vessel Ojibway. After enjoying lunch in downtown Sarnia, I headed back across the Blue Water Bridge, only to find that Algoma Equinox was passing beneath it! As soon as I got back into the U.S., I rushed downriver to hopefully catch the vessel. I stopped at the Boatnerd headquarters, where I found an even bigger surprise: CSL’s Baie Comeau was also there, on her way upbound!


I didn’t arrive in time for any bow shots of Algoma Equinox, unfortunately, but here she is.


Both vessels are still fairly new – Baie Comeau arrived on the Lakes from her builders in China in the summer of 2013, and Algoma Equinox entered service in December 2013.


Both vessels also have nearly the same dimensions – they measure 740 feet long and 78 feet wide, and both can carry nearly 40,000 tons of cargo.


Baie Comeau is a member of CSL’s Trillium Class, which consists of sister ships Baie St. Paul, Thunder Bay, and Whitefish Bay, as well as the gearless bulk carriers CSL St-Laurent and CSL Welland.


Just as quickly as she arrived, Baie Comeau rounded the corner and disappeared. But not for long…


As Algoma Equinox headed downriver, she approached the Algoma tanker Algoscotia that was docked in Sarnia.


Here’s a close up of the tanker, which was built in 2004 and measures 488 feet in length.


After the pass was completed, I headed back up to the Blue Water Bridge to catch Baie Comeau heading into Lake Huron. Unfortunately, I didn’t arrive in time for bow shots, but the angles were much better from this vantage point.


The ship has a total of 25 hatches on her deck, which open into 5 cargo holds below.


The ship’s unloading system consists of a gravity-fed two-belt system that feeds onto her discharge boom, which can unload cargo at a rate of up to 5,450 tons per hour.


The ship quickly picked up speed as she entered the open waters of Lake Huron.


I forget where she was headed on this trip – most likely Duluth, Two Harbors, or Thunder Bay to load.


But as Baie Comeau headed off into the distance, I noticed another vessel approaching.


The barge GM 6506, pushed by the tug Genesis Victory, made a little bit of a splash as she hit the waves produced by the much larger Baie Comeau.


The two vessels passed quickly, and Baie Comeau headed on her way.


The pair are owned and operated by Genesis Energy, and are registered in Houston, Texas.


The barge was built in 2007 in Louisiana, and measures 345 feet long.


Although the pair are from Texas, they spend most of the summer trading on the Great Lakes, and head back into the ocean late in the season.


Here’s a close up of the bow of GM 6506.


The tug Genesis Victory measures 104 feet long, and was purchased by Genesis Energy and paired with her barge upon its construction in 2007.


I don’t know where the barge was headed on this voyage, however my guess is it was bound for a destination on the St. Lawrence Seaway.


GM 6506 then passed under the international bridge and began her journey down the St. Clair River.

That concluded my time in Port Huron. We did stop in Detroit, however we were unable to visit the docks and get any good shots of the vessels docked along the river. Tomorrow, I’ll start with my photos from Sault Ste. Marie, which I’ll also break up into two shorter posts.





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