Built by Collingwood Shipyards, Collingwood, ON; the self-unloading bulk freighter CSL Laurentien was side launched July 8, 1977 for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd., Montreal, PQ. as the Louis R. Desmarais. She is powered by 2 Pielstick V-10 cylinder 4,500 horsepower diesel engines feeding through a single reduction gear box to a controllable pitch propeller giving her a rated service speed of 14 knots and is equipped with a bow thruster. She is also equipped with a fitness/recreation room for the benefit of her 32 crew members.

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