MV Thunder Bay visits home

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THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) MV Thunder Bay freighter was in its namesake port on one of about eight visits this season.

The ship, which was loaded with grain at the Viterra elevator, was photographed by Steve Robinson, who kayaked near it in Lake Superior on July 14.

Built in 2013, the vessel was named Thunder Bay as part of the revival of the trusty Bay series in the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes fleet, in honour of the Port of Thunder Bay. The Trillium ship is equipped with what are claimed to be the most advanced, sustainable and safe technologies available on the market and state-of-the-art systems that reduce fuel consumption and air emissions.

The MV Thunder Bay freighter uses 15 per cent less fuel and releases fewer emissions and less dust while providing outstanding operational efficiency.

As part of the CSL family, it contributes to the fleet’s delivery of 70 million tonnes of cargo, agri-food, steel and energy for customers annually.

Much of these commodities pass through the Great Lakes from the Port of Thunder Bay, which serves as the gateway via the St. Lawrence Seaway system for Prairie grain exports overseas to European, North African and Middle Eastern markets.

A 2.4-metre long (eight-foot) model of the MV Thunder Bay was presented as a gift to the community from Louis Martel, CSL president, during the 2013 formal ceremony.

Sandi Krasowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Chronicle-Journal

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