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Update on CSL’s new diesel-electric self-unloading ship 

The ship's fully automated single point of loading and cargo handling systems performed as designed and eliminated the need for vessel shifting during loading.

May 13, 2022   by CM Staff

SL’s new purpose-designed diesel-electric self-unloading ship begins service for Windsor Salt. (CNW Group/The CSL Group Inc.)

MONTREAL — Canada Steamship Lines’ new diesel-electric self-unloading vessel, MV Nukumi, completed its first loading and discharge of deicing salt for dedicated customer, Windsor Salt.

“The successful launch of Nukumi’s operations is the culmination of many years of planning with our visionary partner, Windsor Salt, to achieve the next level of safe, sustainable and efficient shipping in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Great Lakes region,” said Louis Martel, president and CEO, CSL Group in a statement.

“We are extremely proud of our vessel’s early performance, which is a testament to the expertise, ingenuity and skill of our design and newbuild teams who conceived Nukumi, and of our seafarers who are now operating this highly sophisticated ship.”

Purpose-designed to service Windsor Salt’s deicing salt shipping and handling needs in Eastern Canada, the vessel was put to the test for the first time during loading at the Mines Seleines salt mine in the Magdalene Islands last week, and during the discharge in Montreal yesterday.

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The company says the ship’s fully automated single point of loading and cargo handling systems performed as designed and eliminated the need for vessel shifting during loading, making for a safer and more efficient operation.

CSL also noticed that during discharge in Montreal, the vessel’s shuttle discharge boom arrangement reduced shifting. Sensor technology installed on the boom and programmed to auto-pile mode contributed to saving time and crew effort.