Canada welcomes a new shipping line

Canada has a new shipping line. Founded by a family-run Ontario construction company Doornekamp Lines has been launched to take boxed cargoes inland from the nation’s eastern seaboard.

The new company has taken a 2007-built, 869 teu boxship on charter and will start biweekly services this May from the port of Halifax on the Atlantic, down the St Lawrence River to Picton at the northeastern end of Lake Ontario.

The line has been set up as an alternative to rail and truck transport from the east coast to the Ontario market. Heavylift, breakbulk and project cargo are accepted as well as containers. French liner CMA CGM is one of Doornekamp’s first confirmed big customers.

Future plans include a bi-weekly service between Picton and Cleveland on the southern shore of Lake Erie in Ohio.

Doornekamp Lines is subsidiary of Doornekamp Construction, a family-owned business with a head office in Odessa, Ontario.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. I enjoy your articles, but you should know that the St.Lawrence River flows “downhill” to the ocean. Therefore ships sailing inland from the sea are going “up” the St.Lawrence (upstream) not down.

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