Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) third of four Trillium Class™ self-unloading lakers, the Thunder Bay, has set sail on its maiden voyage. At noon local time on May 29, 2013, it departed Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China, and is expected in Montreal in late July where it will operate in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The vessel is commanded by Captain Michael Despotovich and Chief Engineer Jerry Stemmler, and is expected to take approximately 50-60 days to complete its voyage.

The Thunder Bay was preceded by the Whitefish Bay earlier this month, and by the award-winning Trillium Class Baie St. Paul, which began operating in the Great Lakes in December 2012. One additional Trillium Class self-unloading vessels and two new bulk carriers are set to join the Canada Steamship Lines fleet in 2013-2014.

A real-time map tracking the voyages of the Thunder Bay and the Whitefish Bay is posted on CSL’s Web site at

Canada Steamship Lines is a division of The CSL Group, the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal with divisions based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore and Australia, The CSL Group delivers more than 70 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.