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Atlantic Companion to the Breakers.

ACL Vessels are a common Site in Halifax – They run a short  route, appear twice weekly and their are only 5 ships. They pass by and we dont even notice.

Take notice, as these familiar faces are heading to the Scrappers. the First, Atlantic Companion. was beached earlier this week. While her replacement , the Atlantic Star was registered in the UK in September.

The replacement g4 Vessels are Radically different. The new vessels will be named Atlantic Star, Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Sun. Andrea Cox, who started with ACL in September 1996, submitted the winning names. Andrea is a Customer Service Representative at ACL’s Halifax Customer Service Center

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8700.. do I hear 9000..

Large container ships seem to be becoming more frequent in Halifax in the past few Weeks.

August 5th – CMA CGM Vivaldi was the Largest Ship to Date at 8500 TEU
Less then a Week later, on August 8, the 8749 TEU Budapest Express appeared, Breaking the Record Again.

Ships in the 8000 TEU range have since become common, with CMA CGM making several stops with the 8500 TEU Vessels, and Hapag Lloyd continuing with the 8700TEU vessels, including Colombo Express – when built the Largest Container ship in the World.

UASC Is Bringing an even larger vessel on the Columbus Loop, when the USAC Zamzam makes her first appearance in Halifax this October 18th. The USAC Zamzam comes in at 9034Teu. Her record holding will also be brief, as CMA CGM has added the CMA CGM Vela to the Columbus Loop. the Vela is rated at 11262teu, and will hold the record when she arrives, likely in December

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Princess of Acadia

The former Digby ferry princess of Acadia  moved from Saint Johns to the former coast guard base in Dartmouth Friday morning. bay ferries has painted out the logo, and returned the ship to the Federal Government.
No word on why she is here but she will likely be sold for scrap shortly.

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CMA-CGM Melisande hangs around.

CMA-CGM Melisande Spent a rainy day at Pier 41 yesterday moving cargo – but rather then sailing, she moved to pier 36. (Pier 41 is hosting Colombo Express on her return leg)

She hosted a customer event of some sort today, and is scheduled to sail this afternoon.

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