Saturday was the first workday of the new year, and a busy day at Pier 41/42 ZIM Savannah spent the Day at 41, with Maersk Penang tieing up just after 7am. When she sailed, around 2pm, Her spot was Taken by CMA-CGM Bianca who worked well into the night. (Bottom: CMA-CGM Bianca backing into pier 42. (Provided Photo))
Fairview Cove was also busy, with Allise P and Rio Blackwater Occupying the East and West Births Respectively.
2015 was another eventful year at the Port of Halifax
Australian Spirit was towed to Portugal for repairs. Harefield also spent Considerable time at pier 9 waiting for a new rudder part after sustaining Ice Damage. She was Joined at Pier 9 by the Stadt Caditz who suffered engine troubles and also needed parts. Ex RCN Research vessel Cormorant took a List in Bridgewater, and Ex Sea Shepard Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat sunk. Also worth a mention was the March Crash of AC624 at Halifax Airport.
Svitzer Won the contract for tugs at Port Cartier, and imported Aussie Immigrants. They also won a contract for and imported Svitzer Nerthus And Njal. The Former Greek Ferry, Canada 2014 became the Fundy Rose went on trials and in the summer took her place as the replacement for Princess of Acadia. The New Halifax Transit Ferry Craig Blake was delivered and went into service in the spring.
The much delayed Bluenose II – was finally open to the public and sailed on her own. And the 2 new CCGS Hero class boats for the west coast sailed there under there own power.
The New Hibernia Atlantic Express Cable was laid. Irving demolished and began reconstructing their wharf in woodside, and The Bridge Commissions’ big lift got under way, with the arrival of Barges
removal of the walkways, and the replacement of the first sections.
The Kings Wharf Harbour Taxi went into service.
2015 saw visits from numerous foreign Naval vessels including the Submarine USS Virginia and the third LCS USS Milwaukee. US Coast guard Cutters USCGC Campbell USCGC Bristol Bay USCGC Morrow Bay and the First visit for a National Security Cutter USCGC James. French Rocket tracking ship FS MONGE also stopped in avoiding weather. The PCTC Glovis Century tied up at pier 9 and unloaded Cars. This was to reduce her draft to load a military cargo in Montreal. She picked up the cars on the way back.
CMA-CGM and the Oceans 3 Alliance add a stop in Halifax. This Service is responsible for setting the biggest Ship record, first with the CMA-CGM Vivaldi , which lost to Hapag Llyods Budapest Express and Colombo Express Finally regaining it with the Arrival of the USAC ZAMZAM
The RCN Paid off HMCS Iroquois on may 1,The Nova Dock was sold, Cut in two, and towed to Tampa Florida. and ACL began retiring and scrapping their conro vessels as the new series come online. The First, Atlantic Star arrives the first week of January.
The First Ship to enter the Port of Halifax in 2016 was the Atlantic Condor at 7:16 this morning.
The Last Departure of 2015 was Zim San Francisco, who sailed at 21:00 last night.
CSCL Oceania tied up at pier 42 for the oceans 3 service today. To my memory this is the first call for a China Shipping Company Line ship in Halifax.
The ship itself is owned by Vancouver based Seaspan and is on long term charter to CSCL.
Due today is the HH Emilia – On arrival, she is set to discharge all her containers due to engine troubles. presumably this will be picked up by the next Maersk vessel.
The ship is part of the Vespucci Service, Asia and the US East Coast via Panama. The port rotation is Qindao – Ningbo – Shanghai -(Panama)- Cartagena – Savannah – Charleston – Norfolk – New York – Norfolk – Charleston – Savannah – Qingdao, so the ship came north to offload.
This is the second time a CMA-CGM Ship has failed in Halifax – The Stadt Cadiz spent time at Pier 9B in May sorting out engine troubles. She also unloaded all her cans.
If the Ship looks Familer, she is the Ex Dresden Express – sold by Hapag Llyod earlier this year. – Hapag-Llyod is disposing of her class – either selling or scrapping the vessels.
Correction: I Originally posted that the ship was filling CMA-CGM’s slot on the weekly Maersk Service. this was incorrect, as now noted above.
Word is the Bahri, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia Has switched terminals and will now be calling at Fairview Cove. Yesterdays Stop of Bahri Janzan was the first.
I Suspected that as ships get larger, the smaller vessels would call at Fairview Cove, to leave space at Halterm on Piers 41/42 but Bahri Typically calls at pier 30
The Shot below provided by a Longshoreman.
Oceanex Sanderling took to the anchorage with ZIM Texas and ZIM New York at piers 41/42. While there she was passed by Northern Debonair Outbound from the Basin to Sea, and Inbound by Atlantic Compass for Fairview Cove, and the Bulker Alice Oldendorf for the basin.
The Container ship Northern Debonair Worked fairview cove yesterday, then proceeded to anchor in the Basin over night. Filling in for ACL, She is bound for Liverpool, and either has an issue, or is waiting out weather.
Balchen, a bulker scheduled to load at National Gypsum arrived and anchored in the basin on Arrival this morning.
The Car Carrier TOREADOR took a tug to help stay alongside this morning at Autoport.
Tied up last night at Fairview Cove. She Sailed around midnight.