Halifax’s New Cranes have arrived from China. ZPMC’s vessel, Zhen Hua 19 arrived in port today. A good crowd and lots of media turned out to watch their arrival. CBC News at 6 tonight Should have an interview with me on the cranes arrival.
(Above) A good Crowd turned out to watch
the cranes should take a day each to install. Zhen Hua 19 will tie up at the pier Saturday night and roll the cranes off. They will then relocate the original Crane on Pier 42, to Pier 41, next to its partner.
ZPMC operates a fleet of vessels (All named Zhen Hua ##) to deliver their cranes. they feature low decks to allow the cranes to roll off easily.
More to Follow, Including Video.
UPDATE #1: Photo at Anchor
Ok Here is the best and latest information.
- Zhen Hua 19 takes her pilot at noon.
- should pass Point Pleasant ~12:45
- will anchor North of Georges Island in Anchorage 5 at ~13:15
- She will stay there until 1700 Saturday, where she will move to Pier 42 after the departure of Sealand Racer
The arrival Friday afternoon of a couple of enormous $10-million cranes at Halterm Container Terminal Ltd., in Halifax, is expected to create quite a spectacle for harbour watchers.
“It certainly is not the sort of thing you see every day,” Bob Sharp, with Inchcape Shipping Services in Dartmouth, said Wednesday.
“The process will unfold slowly with the ship carrying the cranes initially anchoring off McNab’s Island. I think people should be able to get a good look at them beginning around 1:00 p.m. from Point Pleasant Park,” Sharp said.
Inchcape Shipping is the local agent for the specially designed delivery ship that departed Shanghai with the fully assembled cranes welded to its deck at the beginning of July.
We will update specific times as they are known
A Quick Scan of marine traffic indicates that the ZhenHua 19 Departed Shanghai within the last few days. Today the Port Authory Tweeted the Above picture of Halifax’s new Super Post Pananmax Cranes. The vessel gave its destination as Panama, who are liekly the purchasers of the Dark blue Equipment seen in the phot.
A coasting Licence Application was made to Move the Old Crane at the end of pier 42 to Pier 36 with a target date of July 15. We should expect the ZhenHua 19 to Arrive in mid July, as she is too large to pass through the Panama Canal, and must go around the
Cape Horn. Cape of Good Hope, since her Panamianian destination is Christobal, which is on the Atlantic side.
I Have received unconfirmed reports that Halterm Inc, Operator of the South End container terminal is in Financial Difficulty and has put it self up for sale.
A potential purchaser (Specualtion on my part) could Creres Corp, Operators of the Fairview Cove Terminal. Halterm itself is registered a Privately Held Partnership, so its possible one of the partners may buy it out.
More details as they become known.
Yesterday there reports of a Truck rolling over at Halterm. The driver was ok. And no other details were provided.
I Have since learned that one of the twist locks broke off the spreader on Crane 4 (the one closest to pier 36), releasing the container from one end 8 ft high and the rest fell. The container hit the chassis on its side, and rolled the chassis and tractor over.
We previously reported that halterms new cranes were scheduled to ship on June 8. We now know they will be delivered by ZPMC’s vessel “Zhenhua 19” registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The information is contained in an application for a coasting trade licence to allow the vessel to
be used to reposition the old smaller gantry crane from pier 42 to pier 36 at the Halterm. This confirms the fate of the crane at pier 42, Which would have been in the way, and would need to be moved or scrapped.
We also now know that the cranes are due July 15, based on the dates provided in the Costing licence Application.