During a ceremony held on May 20, 2021, at Chengxi Shipyard in China, vessel sponsor Elizabeth (Betsey) Nohe gave the virtual signal to name and launch M/V Nukumi, the new state-of-the-art self-unloading ship under construction for Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) to serve long-time customer Windsor Salt. Ms. Nohe is the Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Windsor Salt.
The name Nukumi was submitted by a Windsor Salt employee as part of a company-wide naming contest. Pronounced “noo-goo-mee,” it refers to the legendary, wise figure of the Indigenous Mi’kmaq people, a culture with deep roots in Canadian Maritime Provinces. The nearly 200 names submitted by Windsor Salt employees were narrowed down to three by a cross-functional committee and then put to a vote.
The new 26,000 dwt vessel is the result of a strategic partnership between CSL and Windsor Salt to bring a long-term, safe, sustainable and reliable solution to the delivery of deicing salt from Windsor Salt’s Mines Seleines in the Magdalen Islands to stockpiles throughout Quebec and Eastern Canada. M/V Nukumi is expected to commence operations at the start of the 2022 navigation season.