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New 740-foot freighter sets sail for Great Lakes from China

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 09:21:16-04

A brand new 740-foot freighter is expected to arrive in the Great Lakes by November after setting sail from the other side of the world.

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The Algoma Central Corporation said last week the first of its two new Equinox class freighters, named the Algoma Niagara, set sail from the Yangzijiang Shipyard for the two-month voyage to Canada.

It will sail from the shipyard through the East China Sea, the Pacific Ocean, through the Panama Canal and arrive in Canada in early November. 

As of Sept. 19, it was in the waters off the coast of Shanghai.

"We are looking forward to the arrival of the Algoma Niagara," Algoma President and CEO Ken Bloch Sorensen said in a release.

She is the fifth Equinox Class vessel to join the Algoma Great Lakes fleet. The class represents the next generation of Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Waterway freighters, according to the company. 

They were designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance with a 45 percent improvement in energy efficiency.

The Algoma Sault, her sister ship, is expected to join the Niagara in the first half of 2018.