Monthly Archives: March 2018

Fundy Rose Nears Completion

the Digby to Saint John ferry Fundy Rose has spent the winter at pier 9 undergoing a work period. She arrived in Halifax in December 2014 from Greece, and was put into service in the summer of 2015 replacing the Princess of Acadia.

Bay Ferries operates the former CN Ferry routes between Digby / Saint John NB, and Caribou/wood Islands PEI (as Northumberland Ferries) as well as the revived Yarmouth Ferry.

Fundy Rose is scheduled to return to service April 10th.

CSL Frontier sails from National Gypsum

CSL Frontier is no stranger to Nova Scotia waters. She was built as the Gypsum Centennial, specifically to trade out of the gypsum dock at Hantsport on the bay of fundy. As a result, she is built to a shallower draft, and is wider then most bulk carriers of her size. Painted Black, and Flagged in Barbados, she trades for CSL’s international arm.

Todays voyage was bound for Georgia.

British Research Vessel at Pier 9

the British flagged research vessel Commander Iona arrived last week and tied up at pier 9. She was built in 2008, and recently refurbished in 2015. Owned by Hays Ships Ltd, of Aberdeen, she’s outfitted for survey work, and is likely here as part of BP’s upcoming exploration program.

Athabaskan to be towed for disposal Thursday.

Word from Marlant is that Athabaskan will make her way to the Scrap yard Wednesday at 10am. She is the Last of the Iroquois Class destroyers – Algonquin, Huron, And Iroquois having all previously been scrapped.

Athabaskan was Paid off March 10 2017, and has been sitting at the dockyard having salvageable parts removed.

UPDATE 03/28:

She is now scheduled depart at 5pm, under tow of the Atlantic Larch.

Update 03/28 19:00:

She is now scheduled to sail, 0800 on the 29th

Damia Desgagnes at anchorage #5

The Desgagnes tanker Damia Desgagnes has spent the past few days at anchor in the inner harbour. running between Montreal and Halifax, she’s carrying asphalt to the McAsphalt Dock in Eastern passage, and is scheduled to move to the dock at 10:30 tonight. The ship was built in 2017, And is a hybrid – she can run traditional fuels as well as LNG – or Liquefied Natural gas, which is stored on deck in 2 large tanks.

Canadian Flagged, she is home ported in Quebec.

Muntgracht to Fairview Cove.

Arriving into the setting Sun, the Spliethoff  M-class vessel Muntgracht put in for a very quick stop.  Tieing up just after 6 pm, she is scheduled to sail at 8pm. so short is the stay, that the tug Atlantic Oak tied up against the se wall behind her.

Cargo operations began right away, and appear to 20′ flat racks with radioactive material casks. You may recall a failure of one of these caused a scare on a ACL ship a few years ago. US Customs rules make it simpler to import these to Canada, then truck them to the US, rather then shipping directly.

Spliethoff seems to have taken over this business as of late.

Ferbec for CSL

the CSL Geared bulk Carrier Ferbec made her way to pier 9 this evening. She is here for a short changeover – she was charted in South America over the winter and will be returning to Canadian Flag and Crew before returning to work in Quebec.

Her last port was in Venezuela.

Zim Changes – Halifax Added to CFX, Dropped from ZCP

Arsos in 2011 when she called on CMA-CGM’s Black Pearl Service.

Zim Has added Halifax to its new Canada Florida Express (CFX), service and  removed Halifax from ZIM Pacific (ZCP) loop Service. The Pacific loop was responsible for the arrival of the first 10000teu+ ship to call on Halifax.

The CFX Service will Operate as a fixed-day weekly service, the CFX will deploy two 1,300-TEU vessels and will have a rotation of Kingston, Miami, Halifax and Kingston. the vessels scheduled are AS FELICIA and ARSOS, and are scheduled to arrive April 3 and 10th respectively. Arsos Previously called on Halifax in 2011 as part of CMA-CGM’s Black Pearl Service.

Zim Operates 2 Other services to Halifax. The Mediterranean service (ZCI) is run in conjunction with the Alliance (who calls it AL6) and includes the following port rotation Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno and is served by 5 smaller K-Line vessels (Brevick Bridge, Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge) at Ceres.

Bilbao Bridge on the ZCI and AL6 Services.

The Zim Atlantic Service (ZCA) covers a port rotation of Mersin – Ashdod – Haifa – Izmir – Aliaga – Piraeus – Barcelona – Valencia – Algeciras – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Valencia – Tarragona – Mersin and is served by Panamax ships ZIM Luanda, ZIM Alabama, ZIM Constanza, ZIM Monaco, ZIM Texas, and ZIM Qingdao

ZIM Monaco on the ZCA Service

A summary of the various Container line alliances can be found here.

For More Information:

Our Shipspotting 101 feature includes Primers on Container ships  and how a container terminal works

TSB Report into Arca1 Grounding

The Transportation Safety Board released its report into the Grounding of the Arca 1 Off Sydney NS.  The investigation found that

the main propulsion clutch was not checked and adjusted before or during the voyage as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. As a result, the clutch failed due to slippage, causing the loss of port propulsion and a reduction of vessel speed. The loss of speed increased the time required to reach Sydney, preventing the vessel’s arrival before weather deteriorated. The vessel gradually could not continue moving forward in the severe weather, causing it to drift to the west. The anchor was deployed to attempt to secure the vessel, but it could not hold and the vessel continued to drift further west towards the shore until it ran aground.

as well, the report notes

the master was not qualified to act as master of the vessel and the motorman was not qualified to act as chief engineer. Voyage planning was carried out in a manner that was not consistent with best practices, as contingencies and limitations were not taken into account.

You can read the Report Here (PDF).

APL Salalah – Biggest Container Ship yet

(Port of Halifax Photo via Facebook)

APL Salalah is due to arrive at Halterm in the pre dawn hours of Sunday morning and  will become the record holder for the largest containership to call in Halifax. ZIM Rotterdam Holds the record now at 10,064 TEU, and set it with her first arrival in June 2017. She and her sisters are now regular callers.

APL Slaah, now owned by french Shipping line CMA-CGM comes in at 10,960 TEU, handily beating the previous record. She is currently set to sail again after dark, so good pictures are unlikely.

Sunday Update – the Walkway along the Sea side of halter was gated shut, SO not even a photo from there was possible.

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