MV Paul J. Martin Christened At Port Weller

Canada Steamship Lines christened M.V. Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin at Port Weller Drydocks at the Lake Ontario entrance to the Welland Canal. The vessel is the newest addition to Port Weller's fleet joining CSL Niagara as one of two Seamax vessels - the largest Canadian ships ever constructed for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence.

Paul J. Martin is the second part of a forebody trio to be built by Port Weller as part of a $100 million fleet reinvestment program by CSL.

Measuring 740 x 78 x 48 ft. (225.5 x 23.7 x 14.7 m), the vessel required 6,000 tons of steel, and a new hull was constructed and joined to the engine room portion of M.V. H.M. Griffith.

Paul Martin is designated as the second ship to be constructed to the St.

Lawrence Seaway's new maximum size allowances, and boasts the most technologically driven, self unloading system available. The vessel holds the ability to unload cargo rates up to 5,445 tons per hour. The third vessel of this $100 million contract is scheduled for a 2001 delivery. CSL holds options on two additional vessels with Port Weller Drydocks delivery in 2002 and 2003.

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