Rand Logistics, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a shipyard contract for the construction and assembly of a new forebody which will be affixed to the aft section of the Company’s recently acquired Danish flagged chemical tanker. When introduced into service in the second half of calendar 2015, this vessel will increase the size of Rand’s fleet to 17, including 10 Canadian flagged and 7 U.S. flagged vessels and will be the first new Canadian flagged river class self-unloader introduced into service on the Great Lakes in over 40 years.
The conversion project will take place in Jiangyin, China at the Chengxi Shipyard. Chengxi Shipyard Co., Ltd. is one of the leading shipyards in China and is highly regarded globally for its specialized ship repair and large-scale conversion projects.
“We are very pleased to be working with the Chengxi shipyard on this important project for our Company,” commented Scott Bravener President of Lower Lakes Towing. “As previously disclosed, much of the tonnage that will be dedicated to our 17th vessel is a result of market share gains that we have been awarded beginning in the 2015 sailing season. Subsequent to introducing the vessel into service, we will operate five of the seven Canadian flagged river class vessels in the market. The new vessel will not only have the largest carrying capacity of any existing Canadian river class self-unloader, but it will also be the most efficient river class vessel on the Great Lakes.”