Issues for Maersk Pembroke?

Maresk Pembroke Arrived on Monday,  2 days late for Maersk’s weekly Saturday stop. On arrival, She took 3 tugs, which is also unusual, and she is still in port today. Maersk Calls are typically a day at the most, and normally shorter.

this suggests there is a mechanical issue with her, and repairs are likely being made.


CMA CGM returns to Halifax

The Chronicle Herald today announced the return of CMA CGM to Halifax with the doubling of the weekly Maersk Service. CMA CGM Currently book space on the Maersk St Laurent Service, but will be adding their own vessel to the rotation. Unlike what The Herald reported however – The St Laurent Service will not be doubling.

The service currently operates with 4 Vessels Making a weekly Call on Saturdays – Maersk Patras, Palermo, Panang and Pembroke. The CMA CGM vessel is  Antje Wulff, and scheduled to arrive May 3. She was built in April 2013 and carries 2700 TEU, which is 200 TEU smaller then the Maersk Vessels.

When you look at the schedule, Maersk Patras is removed from the service, so there is no increase in capacity, or change in schedule.

CMA CGM ran their Black Pearl Service to Halifax in 2009/2010, but suspended it in September 2011


TSB Report into Collision of GSF Grand Banks and Maersk Detector.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (M11N0047) into the November 2011 striking incident involving the supply vessel Maersk Detector and the mobile offshore drilling unit GSF Grand Banks in the White Rose oil field off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Report Found Poor communication between the vessel’s bridge officers, as well as between the vessel and the rig, allowed the cargo operation to continue with key personnel unaware that the risk of striking was high.

After the incident, the GSF Grand Banks was towed to Halifax for repairs. Full coverage can be found at http://blog.halifaxshippingnews.ca/search/label/GSF%20Grand%20Banks

On the afternoon of , the Maersk Detector was loading cargo from the drilling unit. Weather was deteriorating at the time, with increasing swells arriving from the south. During this operation, the vessel maintained its position relative to the drilling unit by means of an electronic control system called dynamic positioning. At 15:30, Newfoundland Standard Time, the Maersk Detector‘s port stern struck a column of the GSF Grand Banks, holing both the vessel and the rig. There were no injuries and no pollution resulting from the striking.

The investigation found that the relevant weather information was not provided proactively to the bridge officers, so they were unaware that the weather limits for the operation had been reached. Furthermore, the bridge officers did not work as a team, nor did they thoroughly use electronic data available to them to maintain separation distance. As well, the Master prioritized his visual assessment of distance and position over the dynamic positioning alarms and warnings, which were indicating that the vessel was not maintaining its position well. The Board also found that, without formal bridge resource management training and continued proficiency, there is an increased risk to the vessel, its complement and the environment.

The ship operator, Maersk Supply Services Canada Ltd., and Husky Oil Ltd., the oil field operator, have made important changes to their operations to mitigate the risk of a similar accident happening again. Transport Canada has also proposed amendments to the Marine Personnel Regulations regarding bridge resource management training.


Multiple Maersk’s

Halterm saw two Maersk vessels today at pier 42 and Pier 36. Maersk Palermo (bellow) tied up at Pier 36, and Maersk Pembroke tied up at Pier 42. Maersk calls weekly in Halifax, usually on a Saturday, but it is rare to have 2 of the 4 vessels that regularly call in on the same day.

Both vessels sailed around 1700 today


Maersk Dispatcher working GSF Grand Banks

The Maersk Dispatcher arrived in Halifax earlier this week, and has been working with the GSF Grand Banks Today. It Appears the GSF grand banks’ maintinace period is neering completion as she has the lifeboats deployed, and is working with the supplier.

Maersk Dispatcher’s sister ship, Maersk Detector collided with one of the columns on the GSF Grand Banks, damaging both ships above the water line, and requiring the grand banks’ maintinance period to be moved forward by a few weeks.



Just in time to give us a white Christmas. The port is closed as of noon tomorrow, so Maresk Penang arrived today, instead of the routes normal Saturday stop.


GSF Grand Banks for Repairs

The Drill rig GSF Grand Banks Towed by Atlantic Hawk and Maersk Chancellor is due at the pilot station at 0800 Dec 11. She is bound for Woodside for Repairs. Maersk Detector damaged the rig in late November when she struck her off Newfoundland.

She was built as Bow valley 3 For Husky Energy, by St. John Shipbuilding. She is currently Owned By Transocean, and is Drilling in Huskey Energy’s White Rose Field. Since the incident, a Scheduled work period for January was moved forward.

GSF Grand Banks

Maresk Chancellor

Atlantic Hawk

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