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Mark your Calendars – Upcoming Notable Ships

Next week brings the arrival of a couple of Notable Ships.

May 27 is the scheduled maiden arrival of Atlantic Sail for ACL. She is the second of the new G4 ships To arrive, in Halifax – The first Atlantic Star is now on regular rotation.

May 28  brings the CMA CGM Tage. She will be making her first call in halifax on the Columbus Loop. With a capacity of 9365 TEU She, beats the current record holder, the USAC ZAMZAM at 9036TEU, and will set the record for largest container ship to call in Halifax. Besides besting the size record by ~330TEU, she will be the first ship to call here with the island superstructure set forward of amidships. The largest classes of container ships are built this way to ensure visibility forward over the deck load of containers.

Container Line Shakeup

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Several Pieces of News have occurred recently with Container lines. How they will affect Halifax is yet to be seen.

  1. CMA-CGM purchased APL, and announced APL’s withdrawal form the G6 Alliance in 2017. G6 Currently calls in Halifax, with APL vessels in the Rotation. CMA-CGM also Calls as part of the Oceans 3 Alliance.
  2. Hapag Lloyd and UASC are in Merger talks. Hapag Llyod has been a long Caller in Halifax and is a member of the G6 Alliance. UASC are members of the Oceans 3 Alliance with CMA-CGM
  3. G6 has announced a new service, from Asia to the US East Coast via the new expanded Panama Canal.

Maersk Penang from Saturday

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.

HH Emilia for repairs.

 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.

Container Lines Shakeup

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.

8700.. do I hear 9000..

Large container ships seem to be becoming more frequent in Halifax in the past few Weeks.

August 5th – CMA CGM Vivaldi was the Largest Ship to Date at 8500 TEU
Less then a Week later, on August 8, the 8749 TEU Budapest Express appeared, Breaking the Record Again.

Ships in the 8000 TEU range have since become common, with CMA CGM making several stops with the 8500 TEU Vessels, and Hapag Lloyd continuing with the 8700TEU vessels, including Colombo Express – when built the Largest Container ship in the World.

UASC Is Bringing an even larger vessel on the Columbus Loop, when the USAC Zamzam makes her first appearance in Halifax this October 18th. The USAC Zamzam comes in at 9034Teu. Her record holding will also be brief, as CMA CGM has added the CMA CGM Vela to the Columbus Loop. the Vela is rated at 11262teu, and will hold the record when she arrives, likely in December