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Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature -- Saturn

By George Wharton

Built by S.B.A. Shipyards, Jennings, LA; this twin-screw lake and coastal tanker was launched Dec.5, 1973 as the Saturn(4) for Cleveland Tankers Inc., Cleveland, OH. The Saturn is powered by twin 1,750 horsepower V-12 cylinder G.M. diesel engines giving her a rated service speed of 9.5 knots and is equipped with a bow thruster. She is capable of carrying 45,000 barrels (equivalent to 7316 tons) in 10 tanks at her maximum mid-summer draft of 19 feet 10 inches. Heavy fuel oil and asphalt are Saturn's main cargos which she delivers to customers on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway, and the East Coast of Canada and the United States. She has 2 separate pumping systems allowing for the possibility of carrying both asphalt and heavy fuel oil on the same voyage. Being fully coiled allows the Saturn to maintain cargo temperatures of up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. She can unload at a rate of 5,000 gallons per hour.

Currently owned by Cleveland Tankers (1991) Inc., Cleveland, OH and operated by Cleveland Tankers Ship Management Inc., the Saturn sails under charter to Algoma Tankers Ltd., Dartmouth, NS. Algoma Tankers reportedly owns 25 percent of Cleveland Tankers Inc..

Overall dimensions
Length 384'01"
Beam 54'06"
Depth 25'00"
Capacity (barrels) 45,000

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