the last caller in the rotation on the AL6 service, Brotonne Bridge sailed today just after noon. built in 2010, she is owned by Vancouver’s Seaspan, and is on long term charter to K-Line.
In a nice change, the Bilbao bridge tied up the the west end of Fairview Cove backwards. Ships usually tie up front to sea, but Bilbao Bridge likely requires some sort of work to be done necessitating the backwards docking.
The Ship is Running for the Alliance’s AL6 Route. She is scheduled to sail tonight.
On Friday, The Port of Vancouver’s Deltaport welcomed the largest container vessel to call in Canada. The Hapag-Lloyd 13,200 TEU “Antwerpen Express” has been deployed as part of THE Alliance’s Transpacific mainline West Coast PN3 service.
To Date, the Largest vessel to Call in Halifax, was the CMA-CGM Tage, at 9365TEU. Sister ship CMA-CGM Loire is due to call this Saturday,and CMA-CGM Rhone has called in the past.
YM Essence Sailed early this morning concluding the first call for the Alliances AL1 Service. AL1 is served exclusively by Yang-ming Vessels, and also will have calls from YM Express, YM Evolution and YM Enlightenment.
The AL 1 Service looks to mirror the transatlantic portion of the G6 PA1 service. the routing is as follows:
Bremerhaven – Antwerp – UK – Norfolk – Philadelphia – New York – Halifax – Bremerhaven
Her Arrival and departure times did not avail herself to a photo.
The Alliance made its first call of the AL6 Service today with the Arrival of the K-Line Ship Brevik Bridge to Fairview Cove. The AL 6 is a new service for the Alliance, and for Halifax. It roughly mirrors the current ZIM and Melfi Services that call on Halifax, though those both service the Caribbean, which this does not. The routing is Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – Salerno – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno – Valencia – Livorno
AL 6 looks to be exclusively served by the K-Line Service. Other ships serving this route include Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge
The Alliances Other New services Start soon. EC 5 makes its first stop May 6 with the Ningbo Express, which Started the trip April 8th.This is a mixed pool, with ships coming from all partners.
AL1 is served by Yang-ming Vessels, and Begins April 23 with YM Essence, YM Express and YM Evolution and YM Enlightenment. the PA1 Service it replaces ends on May 25th with a call by NYK Nebula
Oceanex has recently been having a rough go of it in the ice. The other week, Oceanex Connaigra was sporting large dents in her bulbous bow after encountering ice. The same fate appears to have occurred to Oceanex Sanderling, who is currently tied up at pier 36, with new plating being installed on her bow.
given the limited extent of the damage, my guess is the ships struck Growlers, basically “small” chunks of ice floating floting south. While much smaller then a an Iceberg, they clearly can do alot of damage.
Today marked the beginning of Tropical Shipping’s service from Halifax. They recently re-located from the port of Saint John, after they were unable to reach an agreement with the new terminal operator there. They specialize in container services to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Tropical Shippings parent company is American, so unlike other services calling in the region from Halifax, they do not stop in Cuba.