CSL Group

Eureka Shipping, a joint venture established six years ago between SMT Shipping and Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) Group based in Montreal, has commissioned Holland Shipyard Group to construct a 12K DWT cement carrier slated for operation in the Great Lakes. Scheduled for delivery in 2025, this new vessel will replace two older cement carriers, effectively maintaining the same cargo capacity. The newly ordered 12K DWT cement carrier will feature advanced technological enhancements, including a diesel-electric propulsion system equipped with four generator sets. This setup not only ensures redundancy for both navigation and cargo operations but also supports engines capable of running on HVO biofuel. In further commitment to sustainable maritime technology, Eureka Shipping, a joint venture established six years ago between SMT Shipping and Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) Group based in Montreal, has upgraded another bulk carrier in its fleet, the 8.6K DWT MV Sunnavik, by installing two Ventofoil wing sails from Econowind. These additions underscore Eureka Shipping’s ongoing efforts to enhance operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact across its fleet. 19-April-2024


The Montreal-headquartered Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has entered into a 50% ownership agreement with the Bergen-based maritime company Peak Group, marking a significant collaboration in shortsea operations within Northern Europe and the coastal and offshore shipping industries. This strategic partnership between Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) and Peak Group, now known as Peak CSL Group, is set to enhance marine logistics offerings for industrial customers throughout Europe. Under the unified Peak CSL Group brand, an enhanced range of services is anticipated, especially to support the burgeoning offshore renewable energy sector. The Peak CSL Group is poised to offer comprehensive logistics support for offshore wind farms, including rock and ballast transportation, complete material handling solutions, and a fleet of project carriers featuring vessels with low to zero emissions. In 2023, Peak Group, alongside its joint venture partner Grieg Edge, committed to constructing up to eight 7K DWT Multipurpose Ships (MPP) at Huanghai Shipbuilding in China, with the inaugural vessel expected in Q3 2025. These ships are designed to accommodate future-ready fuels and technologies such as ammonia or methanol, batteries, and shore power connectivity. On the other hand, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), a leader in the self-unloading bulk carrier sector based in Montreal, is set to introduce the first fully electric, battery-capable 11K DWT bulk carrier for Adbri in 2026, along with two 72K DWT methanol-ready bulk carriers, with the initial delivery scheduled for the following year. The establishment of the Peak CSL Group fosters a robust partnership, reinforcing the strategic direction for the forthcoming years. Collaborating with a strong ally allows the Peak CSL Group to diversify its service offerings into the renewable, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors, laying a sturdy foundation for future growth. “This partnership marks a thrilling phase of expansion and cooperation for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL),” stated Louis Martel, President and CEO of the CSL Group. “Uniting with Peak Group enables Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) to augment our capacity to deliver cutting-edge and eco-friendly marine logistics solutions across coastal and offshore areas. With the Peak CSL Group, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) is set to broaden our product and service portfolio, catering to the evolving needs of our existing and future charterers.” 9-April-2024


Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has formed a groundbreaking partnership with Adelaide Brighton Cement (Adbri) to construct and operate the world’s first fully electric, battery-capable self-unloading bulk carrier. This innovative ship, boasting a deadweight tonnage (DWT) of 11K, is slated for delivery in Q1 2026. Under a 20-year strategic alliance, the specially designed ship will replace Adbri’s Accolade II and play a crucial role in the company’s limestone operations in South Australia. The new ship is expected to transport up to 2.7 million tonnes of limestone annually, marking a significant 35% increase in carrying capacity compared to the current vessel. The newbuild will feature hybrid diesel-electric propulsion, supplemented by one of the most advanced battery installations on a bulk carrier. According to Canadian shipping company CSL, about 50% of the self-unloading vessel’s energy needs will be met through a mix of shore power and battery energy storage. There are also plans to equip the ship with enough batteries in the future to enable 100% electric operations. Louis Martel, President and CEO of Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), highlighted the self-unloading vessel’s alignment with CSL and Adelaide Brighton Cement’s (Adbri) joint commitment to decarbonization. Initially, the ship will operate on a hybrid system combining diesel and electric power, reducing diesel usage by 25% and cutting Scope 1 emissions by 40% compared to the Accolade II. By 2031, the goal is to operate the ship entirely on electric power, thereby further reducing Scope 1 emissions to less than 10%. This initiative represents a significant step forward in the maritime industry’s efforts towards sustainability and decarbonization. The development of such a ship demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing environmental concerns and signifies a notable advancement in green shipping technologies. 23-December-2023


In Panama, there was a recent clash involving fishermen and police during a protest against mining activities. The conflict occurred as the Montreal-based CSL Group’s bulk carrier, MV CSL Tarantau, attempted to dock at the Caribbean port of Punta Rincon. Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) controlled 2013 built 71K DWT MV CSL Tarantau found itself amidst heightened tensions due to ongoing anti-mining demonstrations. The focal point of these protests has been Minera Panama, a subsidiary of Canada’s First Quantum Minerals (FQM), which has been in the spotlight for the past two weeks over a contentious new contract with the Panamanian government. Local fishermen, who have been actively blockading the terminal, were involved in the disturbance. During the incident, they called for a restrained use of force by authorities. The situation escalated when authorities attempted to provide an emergency escort for the Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) controlled 2013 built 71K DWT MV CSL Tarantau, which was carrying a coal load. There was concern over the spontaneous combustion risk of the cargo if it overheated. The protesters responded by throwing stones and blunt homemade objects, leading to the cancellation of the docking operation. The MV CSL Tarantau had departed from Colombia at the end of October, arriving during a period of heightened local unrest. These protests were triggered following the signing of a 20-year contract renewal by Panama President Laurentino Cortizo. On the same day as the incident, the mine’s union announced that it had reached an agreement with the company to ensure salaries, as the ongoing protests and blockades had prevented workers from carrying out their duties. 17-November-2023


Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has obtained a minority stake in bulk material handling systems designer and supplier EMS-Tech Incorporation. Previously, EMS-Tech Incorporation’s material handling creative solutions were installed on self-unloading ships owned and operated by Canada Steamship Lines (CSL). EMS-Tech Incorporation considers that project partnerships with Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) will take self-unloading industry-leading expertise and know-how to new markets. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) is the biggest shipowner and operator of self-unloading vessels in the world. Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) ships more than 70 million tonnes of cargoper year. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has offices in Canada, the Netherlands, and China. 8-December-2021


Montreal based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) controlled bulk carrier 35K DWT MV Rt Hon Paul J Martin grounded at the coast of Cardinal, Ontario, Canada. MV Rt Hon Paul J Martin was transporting iron ore to Quebec City. Currently, St Lawrence Seaway traffic is moving freely. According to Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), MV Rt Hon Paul J Martin’s grounding is under probe. No damage has been reported. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has been assessing the circumstances and adjusting a salvage plan for the disabled MV Rt Hon Paul J Martin. Montreal based shipowner and operator Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) stated regrets for any inconvenience prompted by the incident. 8-October-2019


Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) leads way by declaring carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Some listed shipowners are being provoked to demonstrate their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as part of their public reporting, a privately owned Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) commenced publishing. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) wants to decrease carbon emissions, enhance environmental compliance, and push social responsibility. CEO Louis Martel noted that Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) aims to run shipping business in a safe, responsible, and ethical manner. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) is the world’s biggest operator of self-unloading bulk carriers. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) concentrates on shortsea voyages for considerable industrial clients under long-term agreements. Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) is presumably ahead of many other shipowners when it comes to IMO 2020 practices given the company’s history of performing in environmentally sensitive locations such as the St Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has been consuming a reasonable amount of time and effort to enhance the efficiency of operation. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) does not plan to equip scrubbers on the fleet. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) believes that low-sulfur bunkers would be a more convenient way. Due to ballasting legs, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) carbon emissions rose by 10% in 2018. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has a tremendous emphasis on contemporizing the company. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has been spending time and effort to enhance the efficiency of ship operation. 2-September-2019


Montreal based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), which is currently the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships, has revealed that its joint venture with German shipowner Hans-Jurgen Hartmann has exercised an option for a second newbuilding at Chengxi Shipyard, China. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) is led by Louis Martel. After six years, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) returns to China for self-unloaders newbuilding. Self-unloaders are a niche market with limited charterers. Montreal based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) found a suitable tie-up with German shipowner Hans-Jurgen Hartmann’s aggregates trading group Mibau Stema which is an offshoot of Hartmann’s Denmark-­based Stema Shipping. After exercising the second newbuilding option, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) and Hartmann jointly have two new-buildings on order at Chengxi Shipyard, China. Two (2) self-unloader new-buildings 40K DWT are due for delivery in July 2020 and June 2021 for the account of Mibau Stema Shipping. Hartmann’s aggregates trading group Mibau Stema Group is one of the largest heavy-construction materials suppliers in Northern Europe. Mibau Stema Group ‘s shipping arm Mibau Stema Shipping is carrying more than 10 million tonnes per year in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. North Sea and Baltic Sea is a sort of niche market ­opportunity for Canadian shipowner Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) which foresees limited growth prospects in the Great Lakes. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has ­developed new markets in North America, Australia, and Europe through the years. In 2018, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) took a 50% stake in ­Eureka Shipping as a joint venture with Cyprus based SMT Shipping Group. Eureka Shipping is in the cement shipping business. Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) and SMT Shipping Group joint venture will combine the expertise, resources, and technologies of two strong companies. Montreal based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has a fleet of 44 ships which comprise of self-unloaders, conventional geared bulk carriers, and transshipment vessels. 26-August-2019


Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) acquired 2015 built kamsarmax bulk carrier 82K DWT MV SBI Electra and 2015 built kamsarmax bulk carrier 82K DWT MV SBI Flamenco for a total $48 million from Scorpio Bulkers. CEO Louis Martel-led Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) plans to convert these bulk carriers into self-discharger bulk carriers. Both MV SBI Electra and MV SBI Flamenco are a step up in size and price from Canada Steamship Lines’s (CSL) regular acquisition marks. Usually, Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) prefers handysize bulk carriers. Currently, Montreal-based Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has a fleet of 42 ships. 14-March-2019


A severe fire broke out on Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) self-unloader 1993 built 51K DWT MV Iron Chieftain. Fire began on ship’s conveyor belt in Port Kembla, Australia. MV Iron Chieftain’s 20 crew were evacuated and no injuries had been reported. MV Iron Chieftain was carrying dolomite cargo. Fire broke out during offloading operation. 20-June-2018


Panama based Cullan Maritime sold 1990 built panamax bulk carrier 67K DWT MV Anita (ex MV CSL Atlas) to Indian scrapyard for about $4 million. In May 2016, Cullan Maritime bought MV Anita (ex MV CSL Atlas) from Canada Steamship Lines (CSL). Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) also sold 1985 built dry bulk carrier 1985 built 38K DWT M/V Atlantic Erie for demolition for $2 million. 27-November-2016