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News Bits

Titanic voyage planned
The Titanic Memorial Cruise website (http://www.titanicmemorialcruise.co.uk/) wants you to “reserve your place in history.” Onboard the MS Balmoral, a ship operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, whose parent company Harland and Wolff built the Titanic, passengers will be treated to the flavours of 1912.

Ahoy! Tall Ships in Tenerife
Ships will arrive in Halifax on Thursday, July 16 and and feature the Parade of Sail in Halifax on Monday, July 20 see http://www.tallshipsnovascotia.com/ for more details

Explore Georges Island
For the second year, OTANS has opened up Georges island to the public. One weekend only.

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News Bits

Halifax piers get bulk of gateway cash

Which will be spent on lengthening and deepening Halterm to accommodate 2 post panamax ships (and hopefully result in a bigger/better harbour lookoff), and Improvements and expansion to the Richmond terminals.

Aqualife comes to Port of Halifax

From the Article: “Aqualife Logistics, which has developed a process to move live seafood intends to develop a new service out of Halifax that will deliver product to central Europe. Maersk Line, which had been a regularly scheduled caller to the port, has been designated the carrier for the new business, likely between June and August.”

Proposed fast ferry for Bedford on hold for another year
It seems they don’t have a business plan.

CKYH Brings Box Service to Halifax
The CKYH alliance (Cosco Container Lines, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping) plans to use eight “K” Line vessels – Staring Sunday May 3 out of Halterm.

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M/V Swan delivers Seajacks Kraken

M/V swan, Sister ship of Tern, which was in halifax earlier in the month to move HMCS Chicoutimi, has arrived with the Brand New Seajacks Kraken, which is on contract for the Sable project.

fromOffshore Shipping Online:

“Seajacks has confirmed that it has signed the final contract with ExxonMobil Canada for Seajacks Kraken to work as an offshore accommodation unit for the Sable Project offshore Nova Scotia, starting in May 2009 for a 4-5 months period.

Seajacks Kraken is currently being constructed at Lamprell in Dubai and is on schedule for delivery in February 2009.”

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Stowaways

From the CBC:
“Seven male stowaways found aboard a ship in Halifax Harbour were taken into custody by Canadian border service agents Thursday night.
They were on the Atlantic Concert, said Jennifer Morrison, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Border Services Agency.
The ship, run by Atlantic Container Line, arrived in port at about noon Thursday and was docked at Fairview Cove terminal. The Swedish-flagged vessel’s last known port was Antwerp, Belgium, according to the website MarineTraffic.com.”

also in The Chronicle Herald

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HMCS Halifax Has New CO

From the Chronicle Herald:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9011294.html

“Cmdr. Josee Kurtz became the first woman to command one of the country’s major warships, a development she said highlights the progress females have made since they won the right to serve on naval vessels 20 years ago.”

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New Container Business to Halifax

From The Chronicle Herald

The CKYH Alliance, which includes shipping lines COSCO, K-Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin, announced a new all-water express service that will connect Halifax with the Far East. The weekly service, scheduled to start in Halifax May 3, will have eight K-Line vessels each with a capacity for 3,850 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units).

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1114476.html

This Follows a previous announcement:
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/english/news-and-events/index.html#CMA

CMA CGM announces new Port of Halifax service

Halifax, NS – January 29, 2009 – CMA CGM, the world’s 3rd largest container shipping company, has announced plans to initiate a new service which includes a regular call at the Port of Halifax.

The fortnightly service will connect Canada and the USA with the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Australasia. In particular, Canada, the US Midwest and the East Coast of the US will be connected via CMA CGM’s Kingston, Jamaica hub to a broad range of North-South and East-West trade routes.

Halifax is the only Canadian port of call on the new service. The inaugural call of the “Black Pearl” service to the Port of Halifax is scheduled for Monday, February 23rd. Container handling services for CMA CGM vessels will be provided by Halterm Container Terminal Limited.