Maersk Line yesterday announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The fully Maersk Line-operated weekly Med/Montreal express(MMX) service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). The exclusive Maersk-operated service, the Med / Montreal Express, will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.
The new service will call Montreal’s Cast terminal, operated by MGT, which is conveniently located closest to the ocean and offers easy access to rail and trucking options.
In addition, the service will make an Eastbound call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, catering for an important Canadian perishable market and facilitating refrigerated shipments of foodstuff traditionally exported from Canadian Maritime Provinces.
The New Service will compete with ZIM’s ZCI service, and The Alliance’s AL6
Maersk will be maintaining its long standing CAE Service, which makes a weekly call on Saturday with stops in Bremerhaven, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
The general cargo ship Acadia Desgagnés arrived at pier 25 this morning. She will be reflaged to Canada. Transport Desgagnés operates a number of vessels running re-supply trips to the arctic. rather then lay the ships up over the winter, they are re-flagged and chartered out over the winter, before returning to Canada for the summer.
Built in China in 2013, She was acquired by Transport Desgagnés in the spring of 2017, undergoing refit in Shelburne. before taking up arctic duties.
The offshore Supply vessel Horizon Star tied up at Pier 9 over the weekend. Operated by Horizon Maritime, Shes registered in St. Johns, and is currently working on BP’s offshore exploration project.
A frequent caller, she has manged to escape my camera until now.
Todays traffic was all regular callers.
(Above) YM Evolution inbound through the narrows to Fairview Cove. (Below)Marsk Patras off Maughers beach, having departed pier 42.
(Above) Onego Capri with a load of Rails for CN (Below) Asian Moon, for Nirint, with a load of Nickle concentrate from Cuba
The 202 Passenger Victory 1 put in at pier 24 yesterday, sailing around 8pm for Charlottetown. Belonging to Miami based Victory Cruises, the company offers small ship cruses on the Great Lakes, New England, the St Lawrence river, as well as a circumnavigation of Cuba, and the Yucatan peninsula.
Marketed as a high end product – the cruises cost ~$6000us for 10 days.
Alex Thomson and his Hugo Boss Imoca 60 racing yacht arrived at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron last night. built to compete in Distance off shore races – Thomson last ran the 2016 Vendee Globe. The yacht is built for single handed operation.
The Yacht will be making stops in Canada and America in June & July this year. The dates and stops are as follows: Montreal – 2nd – 4th June Toronto – 11th – 15th June Boston 1st – 3rd July New York – 10th – 15th July
Thompson is probably best known outside sailing circles for his Hugo Boss Promotional work Which featured climbing the mast while the boat was heeled, Standing on the Keel, And wakeboarding behind the boat.
The Grimaldi Groups new Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) will be christened this afternoon at a ceremony at Autoport. The Grande Halifax was delivered earlier this year, and is named after the Port of Halifax. Grimaldi Group is the Parent of ACL, who’s Container/RO-RO vessels have been calling in Halifax since the beginning of Containerized Service.
Port of Halifax Photos.
the Norwegian Bliss made a call today, on her first trip, crossing the Atlantic, bound for New York from Southampton, via the Azores and Halifax. She will then Relocate to Miami, and cruse to LA via the Panama Canal, before taking up a regular schedule Cruising Seattle to Alaska, moving to the Caribbean for the winter.
The tug Hercule, now flying the Jamican Flag, for Jamican Owners put in to Pier 9 this afternoon on her way south. The former Groupe Ocean Tug, Ocean Hercule, was sold in November, Renamed in her home port of Sorel-Tracy, and then moved to Montreal for the winter.
Boa Bison and Boa Barge 37 arrived this morning for the shipyard. The Tug took bunkers, and is expected to sail this afternoon. The barge is on long term charter to the shipyard, for use as a lunching platform for the AOPS vessels currently under construction.
Update: Boa Bison sailed for Bergen Norway at 6pm.