SL’s new purpose-built diesel-electric self-unloading vessel enters service for Windsor Salt.

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Earlier this week, Canada Steamship Lines’ new diesel-electric self-unloading vessel, MV Nukumi, successfully completed its first loading and unloading of de-icing salt for a dedicated customer, Windsor Salt.

The vessel’s technology and characteristics were put to the test for the first time during loading at the Mines Seleines salt mine in the Magdalen Islands last week, and during unloading in Montreal. On her maiden voyage to the Mines Seleine salt mine, the ship’s modern hull design and dual-daggerboard diesel-electric propulsion system demonstrated the ship’s ability to traverse narrow channels faster, at low tide. and with exceptional maneuverability.

The vessel’s fully automated single-point cargo loading and handling systems performed as intended and eliminated the need to move the vessel during loading, resulting in a safer and more efficient operation.

During unloading in Montreal, the layout of the ship’s shuttle unloading boom significantly reduced displacement, while sensor technology installed on the boom and programmed in automatic stacking mode helped save time and crew effort.

Several innovations incorporated into the design of MV Nukumi also reduce the vessel’s overall environmental footprint and are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants by 25% and 80% respectively, compared to previous vessels serving the same routes. . These include Tier 3 diesel-electric motors, a ballast water treatment system, a waste heat recovery system and overall quieter machinery.

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