1979 Algoport 2009
Steel self-unloading Great Lakes bulk freighter
Built at Collingwood ON by Collingwood Shipyards Ltd., Hull 217
Keel laid Sept 27, 1978; launched May 7, 1978
658’ LOA, 638’3” LBP, 75’11” beam, 46’6” depth
1 deck, arch cargo hold construction, hatches @ 24’, oil-fired diesel engines, 10700 BHP
647.0 x 76.0 x 43.0, 20223 GT, 13071 NT Can 372054 to:
Algoma Central Railway, Sault Ste. Marie ON (home port Sault Ste Marie ON)
Entered service Aug 27, 1979 clearing Collingwood ON light for Calcite MI.
Management transferred 1993 to Seaway Self-Unloaders, St. Catharines ON, a vessel operation and management joint venture of Algoma Central Railway and ULS Corporation to operate their self-unloading vessels, ULS Corporation, Mgr.
Self-unloader and straight deck management organizations of these firms merged 2000 into a single firm, Seaway Marine Transport, St. Catharines ON
Fleet arranged late 2007 for MVs Algobay and Algoport to receive new forebodies at Jaingyin China by Chengxi Shipyard. Algobay towed to China 2008. Algoport followed in spring 2009.
Foundered Sept 6, 2009 in Pacific Ocean in Tropical Storm Dujuan while under tow by tug Atlantic Hickory. No lives lost. (Algoma announced that another vessel would be acquired for use of its stern to be attached to the forebody nearing completion at the shipyard.)