The M/V American Century was formerly known as the Columbia Star. Columbia referred to the brig Columbia that carried the first cargo of iron ore through the St. Mary's Falls Canal in 1855. Star referred to the star that Oglebay Norton vessels formerly carried on their smoke stacks. The vessel came under the ownership of American Steamship Company in 2006.
The M/V American Century sailed its maiden voyage in ballast from Sturgeon Bay, WI in May of 1981 to load iron ore pellets at Silver Bay, MN for delivery in Lorain, OH.
The M/V American Century was built by Bay Shipbuilding Corp. at Sturgeon Bay, WI in 1981.
The M/V American Century is powered by four 3500 HP General Motors Electro Motive Division (EMD) diesel engines. The vessel uses a conveyor system below its cargo holds to transport cargo to a "loop conveyor" system that elevates the cargo to the massive deck-mounted boom conveyor. For maneuvering in port, the vessel is equipped with 1,500 HP bow and stern thrusters.
The M/V American Century is primarily used for long-haul transport of iron ore pellets and western coal on the Great Lakes.
|Midsummer Draft (MS)||34'- 3/4"|
|Deadweight Capacity at MS Draft||80,900 Gross Tons|
|Deadweight Capacity at 27'-6"||62,100 Gross Tons|
|Unloading Boom Conveyor Length||250'|
|Maximum Unloading Rate||10,000 Tons/Hour|
|Number of Cargo Holds||7|
|Number of Hatches||37|
|Number of Propellers||2|