Friday brought a stop for Dallas Express. A regular caller in Halifax for a number of years, she took the name Dallas Express after her last refit freeing up her former name, Antwerpen Express for a newer larger Vessel.
With Hapag-Llyods recent merger with CSAV, we now seem to be getting a regular stream of CSAV Vessels on the PA1 Service. this may continue, or it may simply be a matter of the line shifing its ships as newbuilds come on line.
Today brought the arrival of CSAV Lluta. Built in china in 2009, she is owned by Schlter K & Co, and has a capacity of 4200 TEU making her smaller then the normal vessels on the service.
Today brought the arrival of Quadriga to Fairview Cove. Built in 2008, she carries 3400TEU which is considerably smaller then the vessels they normally run. The recent changes may just be due to periodic maintenance, or Hapag is shuffling vessels due to new 14000TEU new-builds coming on line, and additional capacity to Halifax via the G6 Alliance.
Hapag-Lloyd container ship Dalian Express looks to be the first victim of the closure at Fairview Cove. She is currently inbound, and was due to sail tomorrow afternoon, but will now have to wait until Monday for the terminal to reopen, and Atlantic Companion and London Express to clear the Pier. she will likely sail on Tuesday.
This could also affect other Rotations, with Fairview Cove being busiest early in the week.
Due to weather induced delays, the Container ship Buxhai arrived at the outer anchorage yesterday, and moved to Fairview Cove this morning. Built under the current name in 2005, she then serverd on charter to MSC as MSC Lausanne until that charter ended in 2011, and she reverted to her original name.
I believe she is filling in for the HS Beethoven, which was damaged in December when a container stack toppled, damaging a bunker tank.
LUDWIGSHAFEN EXPRESS has now been renamed Atlanta Express. She is currently just off the pilot station.
The vessel was renamed to free up the name for a Hapag Llyods newbuild in its Newest Essen Class.
Essen Express was renamed Boston Express to free up the name for the lead ship, and Italy express is now OOCL Vancouver.
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The Hapag Lloyd Container ship, and Halifax Regular, Boston Express is reported to under tow by the tug Koyo Maru.
The Vessel was en route to Takoma, got disabled south of Aleutian Islands on Dec 9 – the cause of the trouble is unknown. Salvage tug Koyo Maru was contracted for salvage or for towage, reached distressed vessel and took her on tow on Dec 15, most probably to tow back to Japan. Boston Express left Tokyo on Nov 26 bound for Takoma
Boston Express works on Pacific Atlantic Express Service – and has been a regular caller in Halifax, Most recently as Boston Express, but prior as Essen Express. She was renamed to free the Essen Express name for a newer larger Container ship.
The Latest news on the HS Beethoven is that she is currently being cleaned by Atlantic Industrial Cleaners. This would require the Bunker tank to be drained, and all oily residues removed from inside the tank and the hold. There is no word on when/where repairs will occur.
She will likely need to move, as both Fairview Cove piers are scheduled to be in use this evening.
UPDATE: 1550: Confirmed – APL Pearl and Singapore Express are now both inbound. HS Beethoven is due to move to Pier 36. Harbour is going to get Busy Shortly.
I have received word that the HS Beethoven has a significant hole in a bunker tank and currently may not be sea worthy. Apparently a stack of containers in hold of ship toppled piercing bunker tank and base of the hold. (Above) HS Beethoven sits at the pier Thursday Morning.