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.
The third Call for Yang-Ming Happened today, and The Arrival was during Daylight hours. The first 2 calls to Fairview Cove had arrivals after dark, and departures before 8am. The YM Evolution is the third call on The Alliance’s AL1 Service, which is currently served by all Yang Ming vessels.
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.
With Saint John NB changing container terminal operators from Logistec to DP World, Effective January 9th, 2017, Tropical Shipping will move its port operations to Halterm Container Terminal.
Tropical Shiping specializes in shipping cargo to the Caribbean, and around the Caribbean. It sounds like a weekly service is coming to Halifax.
The Port of Saint John has launched a C$205 million project over seven years to modernize the Rodney and Navy Island terminals to accommodate larger vessels and expand laydown areas for breakbulk and project cargoes. DP World Saint John recently took delivery of two post panamax container cranes.
CMA-CGM La Sacla arrived at pier 41 at noon today, stacked 8 high on the stern. Built in 2010, shes rated at 8469TEU
Maersk Patras was a regular caller in Halifax on the weekly Maersk call, But had been replaced by Em Kay in 2014. On November 2, she suffered an engine room fire 90 miles ESE of Las Palmas. she lost all power, was towed to port, and offloaded. Given the ships age, She is likely bound for the scrappers given the market for small container ships and the damaged engine room.
Atlantic Erie is also bound for Turkish scrappers. She ran aground in January 2015 leaving port in the Magdalen islands with a salt cargo. She was refloated, and surveyed. With extensive hull damage, she hasn’t sailed since. Atlantic Erie was a regular caller in Halifax over the years, and underwent a work period in 2009 at Halifax shipyards.