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Williston Transporter

In 1994 John Harding obtained a contract from Canfor Mackenzie to build an “ice breaking log carrying ferry” for operation year round on Williston Lake. The vessel was built to ABS ice class rules and construction inspections were conducted by Transport Canada.  The 7400 hp, 360 foot long “Williston Transporter” went in to service in November 1995 and provided year-round marine transportation for the forestry and mining industries on the lake.

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Williston Transporter Construction

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The frame and bulkhead modules were constructed in a shop in Prince George and shipped to Mackenzie by rail for welding to the hull plate

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Williston Transporter Hull Launch

The “Williston Transporter” could transport 5,500 tons of cargo and dramatically improved the economics of shipping raw materials to market

Williston Transporter Construction