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CSL and Viterra set grain load record at Port of Thunder Bay

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Canada Steamship Lines reached a historic milestone at the Viterra terminal in the Port of Thunder Bay last week, when it loaded a record-setting 31 362 t of grain on CSL Welland, breaking the previous record of 31 143 t. The cargo of wheat will be discharged in Montreal, Canada, destined for international markets.

CSL and Viterra set grain load record at Port of Thunder Bay

The 36 364 DWT Trillium Class bulk carrier is currently running on second generation biodiesel made from non-food biomass, adding to the significance of this remarkable accomplishment.

“I commend Captain Rowe and his crew, the Viterra team, the Port of Thunder Bay, as well as our CSL teams on the ground who contributed to this achievement,” said Louis Martel, CSL President and CEO.

“Safely maximising cargo load on a ship depends on many factors such as load sequencing and distribution, draft restrictions, vessel weight, water level and weather. In collaboration with the Viterra team, we were able to plan for and make the most of favourable conditions.”

CSL Welland is part of CSL’s biodiesel testing programme – the longest ongoing trials of pure B100 biodiesel on vessels in Canada. Over the course of the tests this year, which were conducted on half of CSL’s Great Lakes fleet, CSL Welland was able to achieve a lifecycle reduction of 6800 t of CO2 compared to marine gasoil (MGO).

Across the entire Canada Steamship Lines fleet, the CSL biodiesel programme has to date resulted in a 22% lifecycle reduction of CO2 compared to MGO.

Introduced in 2018, CSL’s biodiesel programme has accumulated the most running hours on B100 with marine engines worldwide.

Replacing fossil fuel with biodiesel on vessels requires no modification of existing equipment and provides a viable carbon neutral fuel source over its lifecycle.

Image courtesy of CSL.

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