LE SAULE NO. 1 - Sorel, Quebec, Canada       Call sign - VYJZ     IMO number - 7007784
Owner - Socanav Incorporated, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Location - Le Saule No. 1 was photographed while she was transitting downbound in the Welland Canal south of lock 7 in Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Photograph Date - 31 July 1988     Photographer - Jeff Cameron     Added to archive - 12 February 2000     Last updated - 20 January 2004

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered - April 1969
  Keel laid - July 1969
  Launched - December 1969
  Delivered - 2 May 1970

  Newbuild price - unknown

  (a) Ludger Simard - Canada (27 Jan 1982)
  (b) Le Saule 1 - Canada (22 Apr 1982)
  (b) Le Saule No. 1 - Canada (28 Jun 1997)
  (c) Al Joul - Panama (2002)
  (d) Navstar 3 - Panama

  Arrived at Alang, India during April 2003
  Beached for demolition on 1 May 2003
  Scrap price - unknown

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - Petroleum products tanker
  Gross tonnage - 5,114
  Net tonnage - 3,382
  Deadweight tonnage - 7,175
  L.O.A. - 125.66 meters ( 412' 3" )
  L.B.P. - 118.27 meters ( 388' 0" )
  Width overall - 16.39 meters ( 53' 9" )
  Width moulded - 15.85 meters ( 52' 0" )
  Draught - 6.90 meters ( 22' 8" )
  Depth - 8.54 meters ( 28' 0" )
  Number of cargo tanks - 15
  Volume of cargo tanks - 10,038 m3 (63,000 bbls)
  Number of cargo pumps - 4
  Rate of discharge - 4 x 350 tonnes/hour
  Cargo hose crane - 1 (3 tonnes)
  Water ballast capacity - 223 tonnes
  Cargo tank heating coils - In all tanks
  Designed for service in ice conditions (Ice class 1)

CONSTRUCTION

  Builder - Marine Industries Ltd.
  Country - Sorel, Quebec, Canada
  Hull number - 396
  Engine builder - Akers/Nylands Verksted
  Country - Oslo, Norway
  Number of engines - 1
  Engine type - B&W (model 7-50VT2BF-110) 7-cyl diesel
  Horsepower - 5,400 bhp or 3,972 kW
  Fuel - Diesel fuel
  Diesel fuel oil capacity - 585.0 tonnes
  Rate of consumption - 20.5 tonnes/day
  Speed - 14.0 knots
  Propeller - 1 variable pitch
  Bow thuster - unknown
  Steering gear - standard rudder
  Generators - 2 x 400kW 550V 60Hz a.c.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - This section is open for all viewers to contribute any information about this ship that is known such as former owners, managers, charterers, accidents, conversions, drydockings, cargoes, voyages, sightings or ports of call etc..


** From the beginning of her career Ludger Simard made regular voyages to Canada's Arctic region during the Arctic summer months.. She and her fleetmates were charged with the task of re-supplying northern communities with engine fuels like diesel oil and gasoline, heating fuels such as kerosene and furnace oil as well as other petroleum grades.

** In 1970 Ludger Simard sailed north to Poste-a-la-Beleine and Fort George on the east side of James Bay and in subsequent summers she called at many northern ports

** On 12 June 1972 Ludger Simard ran aground in the Detroit River but she was able to free herself without tug assistance and thankfully without any hull damage.

** From her construction until early in 1982 Ludger Simard was owned and operated by Branch Lines Ltd., Quebec, Canada.

** In 1981 Ligne Blanche was formed to operate Ludger Simard and her fleetmates following their sale by Branch Lines. Early in 1982 she and her sisters were sold to the newly formed Sofati-Soconav also of Quebec, Canada. In 1986 They shortened their name to simply Socanav.

** From January 27th, 1982 until April 22, 1982 the renamed tanker sailed as Le Saule 1 for Sofati-Soconav before they extended the name to Le Saule No. 1

** On February 8, 1992 Le Saule No. 1 struck the Yamachiche light beacon in the Lake St. Peter section of the St. Lawrence River. The accident resulted in damage to her bow and the need for a visit to the drydocks for repair (location ??)

** In 1995 Le Saule No. 1 was active hauling calcium chloride out of Amherstburg, Ontario to various lower lake and Seaway destinations however her Great Lakes service was drawing to an end

** In 1997 she laid up at Sorel and was subsquently offered up for sale. On June 28th, 1997 she was renamed Al Joul, re-flagged Panamanian and re-enrolled under the management of Eltokaween International Shipping Corporation. She departed Sorel early in July of 1997 for the last time.

** In 1999 Warm Seas Development and Trading of the United Arab Emirates purchased Al Joul and they put the aging tanker to work around the African coasts..

** Early in 2002 the Navstar Shipping Company, Panama, purchased Al Joul and renamed her Navstar 3. It is not known whether she wver traded under that name for she was sold for scrapping only a few months later

** Late in April of 2003 Navstar 3 arrived off Alang, India and on May 1st she was run up onto the scrapping beached and subsequently dismantled


Information sources - Fairplay Internet Ship Register, Lloyds Registers & Marine News - The World Ship Society
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