Was Busy in the Basin this evening with the inbounds arriving prior to the outbounds heading out.
Anchored AFL New England (Center), Outbound Atlantic Companion, Inbound Itally Express (right)
Another first time caller (Kind of) to Halifax, Dallas Express arrived and tied up at Fairview Cove.
This Vessel is the former Antwerpen Express who was a regular in Halifax. She Emerged as Dallas Express early this year after emerging from Dry Dock in Hong Kong.
Best guess is that a new vessel will be named Antwerpen Express in the Near future.
Hapag-Lloyd has another new charter ship on the PAX Service; America Express. She is Owned by Wan Hai Shipping,of Singapore, who has an extensive charter fleet with vessels chartered to most major lines. She Carries a Hapag Llyod name, but is still in her Parents Paint.
She previously operated as Wan Hai 510, was built in 2008 and is 4252 TEU.
The Container vessel Pusan is currently inbound for Fairview Cove. As Reported in December, This vessel is Joining the Hapag Lloyd PAX Service. but still retains Its odd original name, since it lacks the Express suffix in her name. A Quick search shows she began her life as Pusan Senator, and as of March 2011 was operating as MSC Kenya.
This is Pusan’s first visit to Halifax.
The last departure of 2011 was the London Express. The last arrival was the Thailand Express who spent the night. Since the port is closed today, She will likely commence cargo operations Tomorrow. The first arrival of 2012 was Halifax regular Atlantic Condor.
With Atlantic Compass entering the Narrows outbound, OOCL Antwerp and Oakland Express Had to wait in the inner harbour for her to pass. Large vessels are restricted one direction at a time due to the Narrow passage to avoid collisions. (This rule came into effect as a result of the 1916 Halifax Explosion)
SE Potentia Finishing unload wind turbine parts.
Gulf Spray removing garbage from the Cruise ships.
London Express Departing. in a fairly rare occurrence, OOCL New York Anchored in the basin this morning until she could clear the pier.
Tanker Afrodite at anchor – she is scheduled to move to IOL Later this afternoon.
Russian Research vessel AKADEMIK IOFFE at pier 27.