Constructed by MedMarine Group’s Eregli Shipyard, Zonguldak, Turkey, this vessel was built at a cost of approximately $43 million (including the 25% Canadian import duty in force at the time) in conjunction with her close sister Algonova (2) for service as part of the Algoma Tankers domestic product tanker fleet.
This refined products tanker measures 426' 01" long, 65’ wide and 32' 08” deep with a carrying capacity of 11,453 tons. The vessel is of double hull construction and was built to Bureau Veritas (BV) class survey as a Chemical Class II, 1A Ice Class (mixed chemical/petroleum) tanker with unlimited ocean voyage capability. The vessel has 14 cargo tanks and 2 slop tanks with cargo, inert gas and tank-drying lines located within an enclosed trunk on the main deck. Motive power is supplied by a MaK 9M32C diesel engine producing 6,118 BHP driving a controllable pitch propeller which can push to a service speed of 13 knots. She is equipped with a 500kw bow thruster.
The Algocanada was launched on August 8, 2008 and following a several month delay due to procurement and scheduling problems at the yard, was delivered on December 2, 2008. After her crew was sufficiently familiarized with the new vessel, she departed Turkey for Canada arriving in mid January 2009. She made her first transit of the Seaway system in mid June 2009 upbound in ballast for Nanticoke ON.
The name Algocanada is derived from the standard company prefix "Algo" and "Canada" honoring the country in which her owners are based. The name was chosen via an employee contest. The Algocanada and her sister Algonova (2) were built as part of a program to phase-out single hulled tankers in the Algoma fleet in order to comply with new environmental regulations. This program had been initiated with the double hull conversion of the tanker Algoeast in 1999, followed by the purchase of the Algosar (2) and the subsequent divestiture of existing single hulled tankers.
Of note, on July 24 2009, while proceeding upbound in eastern Lake Ontario, the Algocanada experienced an explosion in her bow thruster compartment. The vessel sustained minor damage to the bow thruster compartment and forecastle in the incident, but there were no injuries or damage to the environment. The vessel continued on its voyage to Nanticoke ON before proceeding to Sarnia for layup and repairs.
The Algocanada can be seen in regular service between the Imperial Oil refineries in Nanticoke, Sarnia and Halifax as well as many other ports on the Great Lakes and East Coast.