The Grimaldi Groups new Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) will be christened this afternoon at a ceremony at Autoport. The Grande Halifax was delivered earlier this year, and is named after the Port of Halifax. Grimaldi Group is the Parent of ACL, who’s Container/RO-RO vessels have been calling in Halifax since the beginning of Containerized Service.
The Pure Car Truck Carrier Miraculous Ace arrived over the noon hour and took to anchor in the Basin for Asian Gypsy Moth Inspection. She is scheduled to move to Autoport Monday Morning.
The Ship is Owned by Mitsui O.S.K, the Japanese shipping company. Its Container Ships travel under the MOL Branding, for Mitsui OSK Lines. That container Business is Merging with the other 2 Japanese Container lines, K-Line and NYK to form a new venture, Ocean Network Express, which is slated to begin April 1st of this year.
All of Mitsui OSK’s car carriers end in the Ace Suffix, and feature the Blue and white Paint scheme
During a short ceremony held January 10 at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling in Nanjing (China), the Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax was delivered to the Grimaldi Group. It is the last of a series of three sister units, ordered by the Neapolitan group to the Jinling shipyards.
The Grande Halifax has a length of 199,90 meters, a width of 32,26 meters, a gross tonnage of 63.000 and a cruising speed of 19 knots. Italian-flagged, the vessel can carry 6.700 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or alternatively 4.000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2.500 CEU. The Grande Halifax is equipped with four hoistable decks which make her an extremely flexible vessel, able to transport any type of rolling cargo (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.2 meters high.
In addition, for the access of freight into the vessel, the Grande Halifax has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons. The configuration of the various decks and the system for the internal ramps reduce to the minimum the risk of damage during the loading / unloading operations.
The Grande Halifax will be deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly service operated by the Group, joining her sister vessels Grande Baltimora and Grande New York., and should be seen in Halifax in the Coming weeks.
Canadian Armed Forces members unload military vehicles from Glovis Century in Setubal, Portugal as part of TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2015 and JOINTEX15, 7 October 2015. The vehicles were loaded in Montreal, and the ship left part of its cargo on pier 9 so it had enough draft to make the run to Montreal.