Algoma rolls with the punches

The Algoma Discovery ran aground due to mechanical reasons, off the coast of Ile d’Orlean, just off Quebec City, on the St Lawrence River, on the evening of Monday, February 8. The vessel was freed the following day (yesterday) helped by high tides. According to, the MV Algoma Discovery, ex MV Daviken, is registered in Nassau, Bahamas and is currently under charter to Fednav. The vessel is 222 m long, 23 m wide by 14.6 meters, with a cargo capacity for 34,980 tons. The vessel was loaded with titanium and nickel, bound for Norway.

This is not the first time this particular vessel has grounded, as a matter of fact, this is the second time in almost six months. The last time was in Germany’s Weser River in September 2009. In both incidences, mechanical failure has been cited as possible causes.

In other Algoma news…

New pictures have surfaced and can be seen on the main site‘s Marine Picture Archive of the MV Algoport sinking in late 2009.

On September 6, 2009, the MV Algoport broke in two and sank in the East China Sea, south of Japan, while being towed to a Chinese repair yard. Friend of the site, SR – (thank you), submitted the pictures below of the ship going down. The ship was being towed from Panama to China, by the tug Pacific Hickory operated by Vancouver based Island Tug & Barge. According to, the Algoport broke her back while encountering rough seas resulting from Tropical Storm Dujuan, one week away from her destination. The ship now rest under 16,404′ (5,000 m) of water, at 30°0’0″ N by 130°0’0″ E.

The ship made her own way down to Balbao, on Panama’s western shores, where the crew signed off, and she was mated to the tug Pacific Hickory, for the tow east, across the Pacific. She was to follow her fleetmate, MV Algobay, which received a new fore body at the Chengxi Shipyard Co. Ltd. in Jiangyin, China. The cost for the refits was to have cost Algoma $65 million, instead, the company recorded a net $2 million gain in the third quarter, due to insurance payout, which was bigger than the book value of the vessel. They will, however, look for another stern section to fit to the already built fore body now in China.

Owner – Algoma Central Corporation
Operator – Seaway Marine Transport
Gross tonnage – 20,222
DWT – 31,970
Type of ship – Great Lakes Self-Discharging Bulk Carrier
Length – 200 m
Breadth – 23 m
Draught: 14 m
Main Engines – 2x Crossley Pielstick 10PC 2V MK3, V-10 (7,980 kW total)
Built – Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, Ontario
Year of build – 1979
Cost – Approximately $25 million
Flag – Canada
Total loss – Sept 6, 2009, East China Sea while under tow (no loss of life, no reported pollution)

This article has 1 Comment

  1. Accidents may happen anytime, and it's sad to know that the victims don't have enough knowledge on what to do after an accident. And sometimes, they didn't even get enough support from the government. If only we are equipped with proper procedures on what we are going to do in times of trouble, then we may be able to get out and talk to some injury lawyers. Ottawa has been supporting victims of different accidents. It was really a relief for us living in Ottawa to know that the government will support us no matter what.

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