FERBEC - Montreal, Quebec, Canada       Call sign - VCPZ     IMO number - 6609456
Owner - Canada Steamship Lines Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Location - Anchored in the St. Lawrence River near Sorel, Quebec, Canada     Photograph Date - October 2002
Photographer - Willem VanMaanen     Added to archive - 5 Mar 2003     Last updated - 5 Mar 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - January 1965
  Keel laid -
  Launched -
  Delivered - January 1966

  (a) Fugaku Maru - Japan (1977)
  (b) Ferbec - Canada

  As of March 2003 she was in service as Ferbec however she is to be retired later this year

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Bulk Iron Ore Carrier
  Gross tonnage - 33,792
  Net tonnage - 21,051
  Deadweight tonnage - 56,887
  L.O.A. - 223.27 meters (731'8")
  L.B.P. - 213.01 meters (698'10")
  Width overall - 19.84 meters (104'2")
  Width moulded - 19.82 meters (104'0")
  Draught - 11.81 meters (38'9")
  Depth - 17.61 meters (57'9")

CONSTRUCTION

  Yard name - Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.
  Country - Tokyo, Japan
  Hull number - 922
  Engine builder - Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries (I.H.I) - Aioi, Japan
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine type - Sulzer 6RD90 diesel
  Horsepower - 15,000 bhp or 11,032 kW
  Speed - 15 knots
  Bow/stern thuster hp - none
  Official # - 371560

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* 1966 until 1977 she was owned by Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Japan (NYK) under the name Fugaku Maru
* As a dedicated iron ore carrier Fugaku Maru was built with one large cargo hold that was accessible through 4 hatches that each measured 105 feet by 29.5 feet (32.0 meters by 8.9 meters)
* 1977 she was purchased by Canada Steamship Lines, Canada and renamed Ferbec
* 1977 on her delivery voyage to the east coast of Canada from Japan she stopped in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to load 26,000 tonnes of Alberta coal that was later delivered to Contracouer, Quebec. From there it was re-loaded aboard 2 Great Lakes ships for delivery to Stelco in Hamilton on Lake Ontario
* She was immediately put into service hauling iron ore from Havre St. Pierre and Port Cartier, Quebec to Sorel and Contracoeur, Quebec
* It takes Ferbec less than a week to complete the 885 kilometer (550 mile) round trip between Havre St. Pierre and Sorel for QIT-Fer et Titane. The ilmenite ore is mined in the Lake Tio-Allard region of Quebec and brought 43.5 kilometers (27 miles) by rail to the shipping dock on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. The trips are repeated as many as 40 times each year and usually accounts for over 2 million tons of cargo for a season - Skip Gillham
* 1995-1996 - over the winter months a $2 million refit was completed which extended her career by several more years
* 2003 Ferbec is expected to retire and be replaced by either Spruceglen or Birchglen

Information sources - Lloyds Registers
Additional information - The Postwar Ships of Canada Steamship Lines - by Skip Gillham

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