CSL's Trillium Class Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin Sets Sail on Maiden Voyage

JIANGYIN, China, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - The Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin, CSL International's (CSL) first of three new Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels set sail today on her maiden voyage from Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China to Port McNeill, British Columbia.

The new vessel will be deployed for service immediately upon arrival, loading her first aggregate cargo for discharge in the San Francisco area.

"The delivery of the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin represents an important milestone in the modernization of CSL's fleet", said Paul Cozza, President of CSL International. "Employing leading-edge technology, this new vessel and her sister ships will set new standards in operational and environmental performance, energy efficiency and reliability. For customers, this means a significant enhancement in CSL's capability to meet their evolving needs."

Commanded by Captain Vladyslav Tarasov and Chief Engineer Volodymyr Romanchenko, the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin will use a weather technology service to plan her route across the Pacific Ocean. She is expected to take 17 days to complete her first voyage.

As part of CSL's ambitious fleet renewal program, the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin will set the course for two additional Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels in 2013. The three new Panamax ships will join the CSLI Pool along with two other vessels of the same class and design being constructed for Torvald Klaveness of Norway under CSL supervision.

"We are very proud of our new vessel, which was developed thanks to the vision, dedication and hard work of our design and newbuild teams," continued Mr. Cozza. "CSL's passion for continual improvement extends to our commitment to providing our customers with value-added solutions that contribute to their success."

Also departing from Chenxgi shipyard today is the Baie St. Paul, a new CSL Trillium Class self-unloading laker. The Baie St. Paul will be the first of four new Trillium Class self-unloading lakers and two new gearless bulkers to enter CSL's Canada Steamship Lines fleet between 2012 and 2014.

A real-time map tracking the voyages of both the Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin and the Baie St. Paul and is posted on CSL's Web site at www.csl.ca.

CSL International and Canada Steamship Lines are divisions 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 80 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors. Trillium Class is a trademark of The CSL Group.