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New Cranes Arrive!

Halifax’s New Cranes have arrived from China. ZPMC’s vessel, Zhen Hua 19 arrived in port today. A good crowd and lots of media turned out to watch their arrival. CBC News at 6 tonight Should have an interview with me on the cranes arrival.

 (Above) A good Crowd turned out to watch

the cranes should take a day each to install. Zhen Hua 19 will tie up at the pier Saturday night and roll the cranes off. They will then relocate the original Crane on Pier 42, to Pier 41, next to its partner.

ZPMC operates a fleet of vessels (All named Zhen Hua ##) to deliver their cranes. they feature low decks to allow the cranes to roll off easily.

More to Follow, Including Video.

UPDATE #1: Photo at Anchor

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Crane Details

Ok Here is the best and latest information.

  • Zhen Hua 19 takes her pilot at noon.
  • should pass Point Pleasant ~12:45
  • will anchor North of Georges Island in Anchorage 5 at ~13:15
  • She will stay there until 1700 Saturday, where she will move to Pier 42 after the departure of Sealand Racer
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Crane Update

The Chronicle Herald is reporting:

The arrival Friday afternoon of a couple of enormous $10-million cranes at Halterm Container Terminal Ltd., in Halifax, is expected to create quite a spectacle for harbour watchers.
“It certainly is not the sort of thing you see every day,” Bob Sharp, with Inchcape Shipping Services in Dartmouth, said Wednesday.
“The process will unfold slowly with the ship carrying the cranes initially anchoring off McNab’s Island. I think people should be able to get a good look at them beginning around 1:00 p.m. from Point Pleasant Park,” Sharp said.
Inchcape Shipping is the local agent for the specially designed delivery ship that departed Shanghai with the fully assembled cranes welded to its deck at the beginning of July.

We will update specific times as they are known

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New Cranes Due tommorow?

The port authority website shows the ZHEN HUA 19 due at 0630 tomorrow. When the vessel was last within AIS range on Marine traffic, the eta was 14:00.

no news on a Pilot order. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 08/20: Port now shows arrival the morning of the 23rd.

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The New Cranes Have Shipped!

A Quick Scan of marine traffic indicates that the ZhenHua 19 Departed Shanghai within the last few days. Today the Port Authory Tweeted the Above picture of Halifax’s new Super Post Pananmax Cranes. The vessel gave its destination as Panama, who are liekly the purchasers of the Dark blue Equipment seen in the phot.

A coasting Licence Application was made to Move the Old Crane at the end of pier 42 to Pier 36 with a target date of July 15. We should expect the ZhenHua 19 to Arrive in mid July, as she is too large to pass through the Panama Canal, and must go around the Cape Horn.  Cape of Good Hope, since her Panamianian destination is Christobal, which is on the Atlantic side.

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Halterm for Sale?

I Have received unconfirmed reports that Halterm Inc, Operator of the South End container terminal is in Financial Difficulty and has put it self up for sale.

A potential purchaser (Specualtion on my part) could Creres Corp, Operators of the Fairview Cove Terminal. Halterm itself is registered a Privately Held Partnership, so its possible one of the partners may buy it out.

More details as they become known.

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Upgrades to two of Port of Halifax’s IT Systems.

The Government of Canada has contributed funding towards the integrated port logistics system and the air gap system. The total cost of these two Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is estimated at $660,000, with the federal government contributing up to $330,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program. In addition, the Port of Halifax is providing $330,000 towards the completion of these projects.

With larger ships accessing the port, there is a need to continuously monitor vessel clearances under each of the harbour bridges. The upgrading and enhancing of the bridge air gap system will enable the port to identify exactly the ship clearance.

Port operators and shippers will have confidence in the ability of ships to transit beneath the bridge, preventing delays in accessing and leaving the port. These investments will ultimately help reduce levels of emissions and fuel usage and ensure the safety of the bridges and will also result in increased efficiency and safety for port users.

Currently The Largest Hapag Lloyd vessels have lowerable, or offset masts to constrain their Air drafts. Clearance can be as tight as 2 meters – about the height of an average door.

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New Container Service to Halifax.

APL today issued a release announcing a new service to Halifax. The G6 Alliance started in March 2012 to provide service in the Asia-to-Europe trade and will now be expanded to cover the Asia-to-North America East Coast trade. The members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.

The New AZX Service will route from Laem Chabang – Singapore – Colombo – (Suez Canal) – Damietta – Cagliari – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Cagliari – Damietta – (Suez Canal) – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang

The two services AEX (The New World Alliance) and PAX (Grand Alliance) which currently call in Halifax at Fairview Cove will not be affected by the new cooperation and will continue to sail unchanged. These represent the bulk of the Hapag Llyod and OOCL Trafic to Fiariview Cove. The New Service may also cause OOCL and Hapag Lloyd to reshuffle vessels. No word on which pier; Halterm or Fairview Cove the new service will use.

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