(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.
CMA-CGM, the french shipping line, this week purchased NOL, also known as the Neptune Orient Line. NOL are the owners of APL ( aka American President Lines). Both Companies Currently Call in Halifax – APL as part of the G6 Alliance, and CMA-CGM as Part of the Ocean Three (or O3) alliance.
It has been stated that on completion of the transaction, APL will pull out of the G6 Alliance, and Join O3 – this likely means their ships will continue to call in Halifax, Just for the Weekly CMA-CGM Call.
The G6 Alliance will also likely still call, though another line will need to provide vessels to replace the APL Ships. The O3 Alliance is currently CMA-CGM, China Shipping and the United Arab Shipping Co. The Current G6 Alliance members include American President Lines, Hapag Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui (MOL), Nippon (NYK) and OOCL. the Halifax Legs are currently staffed by ships from OOCL, NYK, Happag-lloyd and APL.
Todays G6 Service Arrival is the APL Scotland. Built in 2001 by Samsung Heavy industries in Korea. She carries 5514 teu.
This is her first visit to Halifax.
From Friday Night, APL Belgium tied up in the opposite direction as normal. This makes for better photos, particularly at night.
APL Coral Arrived on the G6 service today and tied up at the west pier of Fairview Cove. On arrival, she tied up port side to the pier, which is opposite of normal, however makes for better photographs. (For comparison, See our Singapore Express Post.)
Sunday brought the weekly G6 Arrival, APL Agate to Fairview Cove. Part of American President Lines, she is american registered in Oakland California. You can see rolled up anti-piracy netting on her stern which makes the lower openings inaccessible to potential boarders.
After a recent lull, this morning brought a stream of traffic. First up was APL Pearl on the weekly G6 Assignment to Fairview Cove.
Next was the general Cargo Ship Jana, Who was last here in January. She went to Anchor, and May be carrying more rails for CN, As was the case her last stop.
Finally Albanyborg Arrived to anchored in Anchorage 1.
Photos to Follow.
APL Beligum spent the day at Fairview Cove, port side to the Pier.. Ships Tend to prefer to back into the births, as they can steam straight out. When She Departed, just after 1600, the tugs backed her out into the basin, and she then proceeded forward through the narrows, in a move similar to one you would make backing out your driveway.
Ships at piers 41/42 at Halterm will also turn on arrival, So the Bow Faces in the outbound direction.
In this case they probably wanted to touch up some paint, or do some other work on that side of the vessel.
APL Coral not only didn’t sail as scheduled from Fairview cove yesterday,but this morning she moved forward a birth. The move was to facilitate todays arrival of Oakland Express.
APL Coral’s departure was delayed due to leaking cargo forming a minor spill. Atlantic Industrial Cleaners have be contacted to do the cleanup, and presumably the ship will sail once the spill is cleaned and the cargo secured/cleaned up.
Today saw a traffic jam at Fairview Cove. APL Belgium arrived just after noon and anchored. Kobe Express arrived just after 3pm and also headed to anchor. (Foreground). Both vessels were waiting for Oakland express to depart, which occurred just after 6pm, the two vessels then tied up along side.