Jurong Converts Bulk Carrier To Great Lakes Ore Carrier

In November 1976, Jurong Shipyard Limited of the Republic of Singapore signed a major conversion contract, valued at $4.5 million, with Nipigon Transport Ltd. of Canada for jumboizing a bulk carrier, the M/V Lake Nipigon, from 22,000 dwt to 25,000 dwt for Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River service.

A main feature of the conversion was the jumboization of the vessel with an additional 202 feet of parallel midbody. The new vessel is 729 feet 7 inches long and has a breadth of 75 feet.

The Lake Nipigon arrived at the yard on November 20, 1976, carrying her last transoceanic bulk cargo of cement kinker from Japan. After completion, she left the yard at the end of March this year for Canada.

In his remarks at the christening ceremony of the vessel, the chairman of Nipigon Transport Ltd., Howard F. Andrews, reported that the Lake Nipigon would spend her time in the international movement of iron ore and grain. She will transport highgrade iron ore from Sept-Iles, Quebec, on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, some 900 miles into the lower Great Lakes. She will then proceed in ballast north to Lake Superior.

There, she will pick up grain and move it out to either the Canadian or American side of the St. Lawrence River. Part of the grain will be processed for consumption in North America, and part will be transshipped around the world.

Other people attending the christening ceremony of the vessel included the Canadian High Commissioner to Singapore, R.K.

Thomson, Mrs. R.K. Thomson, and the chairman of Jurong Shipyard Limited, Tan Teck Chwee.

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