Naming and Launching Ceremony

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...

Block Assembly

The prefabricated blocks that will form the vessel are lifted into place by a crane and assembled on the slipway according to a welding sequence. After each block is lowered into position, joints are welded together. Quality control inspections are critical at this...

Keel Laying Ceremony

The keel laying ceremony is a milestone event in the construction of a vessel as it marks the moment when the first block of the newbuild ship is placed on the slipway. Throughout the rest of the construction process, the vessel will remain on the slipway until the...

Steel Cutting

Steel plates are the starting blocks of the new ship. Cut into carefully dimensioned sections, they will form the new vessel’s hull and deck. The steel plates are lowered into a plasma cutting basin and then submerged in water to control overheating and excess dust....

Steel Block Production

The ship’s structure begins to take shape as steel panels are welded together to form blocks. Constructed in the shipyard’s hull workshops, each block – 223 construction blocks in all – are assembled into 42 larger units that will be erected on the slipway prior to...