Monday, July 26, 2010

Algoma Guardian - new to the Canadian flag.

Algoma Guardian made it official on Friday and raised the Canadian flag, after registering in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The bulker will now operate with Canadian crew. Algoma Central Marine is based in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, but their operational headquarters is in St. Catharines, and they have entrusted the management of the ship to Seaway Marine Transport (a partnerships with Upper Lakes Group) which is also based in St.Catharines.

Goviken seen downbound on the St.Lawrence River June 21, 2001, from Jean Parisien
The ship was built as Omislaj by the "3 Maj." shipyard in Riyeka, Yugoslavia for Jugolinija. During the war in that country, she was reflagged to Malta in 1991 and then assumed the Croatian flag once the hostilities had ended. Her first call in Halifax was October 8, 1988 when she called for bunkers. She was a regular caller, with the large "Croatian Line" banner on her blue hull.
When she was sold in 1997, new owners Viken painted her hull green and renamed her Goviken. Instead of the banner named on the hull, they painted "Viken" in large letters on her funnel casing, facing aft.

Omisalj anchored off Beauharnois, QC September 1, 1998.

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