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Eimskip adds a ship.

The new service deployment will begin February 19, 2015 when the vessel, MV Selfoss, will join MV Reykjfoss and MV Skogafoss on its “Green Line” route. Originating in Reykjavik, Iceland the vessel will then travel to Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The next stop will be Halifax before going on to Portland, Maine. This service will also have direct connection with European destinations, including Reykjavik, Iceland, Immingham, United Kingdom and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

“As a result of this service enhancement, the number of Eimskip calls in Halifax will increase from 13 to 31 calls per year giving our customers additional options for cargo destined and originating in Europe,” said Jeff Simms, Managing Director, Eimskip Canada Inc. “This is good news for our intra-­‐North American customers as well and will provide one more channel for Nova Scotia exporters to move goods into the New England states, acting as a feeder service for the 14 other carriers calling Halifax.” To support the expanded service, Eimskip is planning to open a local office in Halifax.

The inbound rotation for this service will originate in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and include Immingham, United Kingdom; Reykjavik, Iceland; Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador; Halifax, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine. The outbound call will start in Portland, Maine and will include Argentia and St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, Reykjavik, Immingham, and Rotterdam.

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2015 Harbour Ferry has a Name.

The results have been tallied and, after more than 11,000 votes were cast over a two-week period in January, Craig Blake is the name residents have chosen for the newest passenger ferry in the Halifax Transit fleet.

Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake was the first Canadian sailor to be killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. He was part of an elite navy group that specializes in neutralizing bombs – underwater and on land – based at the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic in Halifax.

Over 500 names were submitted in the fall of 2014, during the first phase of the ferry naming contest. This was narrowed down to six finalists by a selection committee for voting consideration by residents.
Halifax Transit will submit the vessel name, Craig Blake, to Transport Canada for approval as the name of our newest harbour ferry, set to go into service this summer. The new passenger ferry will replace one of the existing ferry vessels and will bring more continuity and efficiency to the harbour ferry service. A celebration of the new ferry going into service will take place once the new boat arrives, with more details to be released at a later date.

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Throco Svendborg basin break.

The general cargo vessel Throco Svendborg spent the weekend anchored in the basin, and sailed this morning. She arrived from Baie Comeau, but gave no destination when she sailed.

Built in 2008, by Honda Heavy Industries in Japan, she is registered in Hong Kong, and was one of the first newbuilds for the Thorco Fleet, and is named after the town where Thorco Shipping was founded in 2003.

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Nunavik Due at Sheet Harbour

Fednav’s ice-breaking bulk carrier Nunavik is due at Sheet Harbour. She will pick up a pilot off Halifax, and proceed up the coast. she will load mining equipment in Sheet harbour, before sailing North.

As a newbuild, she stopped in Halifax on her delivery voyage in  in march 2014, and made the first commercial unassisted voyage through the northwest passage to china.

File Photo.

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Ocean Crescent

Another general cargo ship – Ocean Crescent has tied up at pier 9C. A great pier for visibility, you can see exactly whats going on – which in this case is not a lot.

US Flagged, and Homeported in New Orleans, She sailed from Houston, and may have additional KONE overhead cranes for the shipyard. Built in 2002, she features 2x 200ton Lattice boom cranes which give her a somewhat unique look.

She is owned by Intermarine, and managed by Crowley

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Schwalbe breaks free and runs ashore

From http://www.lighthousenow.ca/News/View/518451-Coast-Guard-officals-board-grounded-boat

After being arrested by WDC for unpaid docking fees and being moved to lunenburg, the Schwalbe broke free and drifted across the harbour in yesterday’s storm. She does not appear to be taking on water, though the Cg is considering removing pollutants.
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