Fednav’s FALLine Division is celebrating 55 years of consecutive direct maritime liner service from Europe to the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes’ ports. It was with the opening of the Seaway in 1959 that Fednav first transported parcels of steel westbound to the heartland of North America under the name Federal Atlantic Lakes Line (FALLine).
Initially an exercise of repositioning ships to load outbound grains at the head of the Lakes, FALLine developed into a competitive maritime service—combining steel beams, coils, plates, slabs, rods, etc., with bulk parcels and dimensional general cargo of various types including industrial and agricultural machinery (presses, transformers, generators, combines, large dryers), locomotives and railcars as well as yachts, windmill equipment, and tanks.
Today, FALLine offers over 40 sailings each year, mainly from Antwerp, Bremen or Brake (other load ports upon inducement) to Sorel, Hamilton, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Burns Harbor, and other ports. During the winter, the port of Sorel is called on a monthly basis. ISO/ISPS-certified FALLine employs a modern fleet of Seaway maximum-size vessels, including six new box-hold Lakers to be delivered in 2015 and a further six new Lakers in 2016, and remains committed to reducing its environmental footprint.