Biggest Container Ship Yet, And First 10,000+ TEU

This morning brought the arrival of the ZIM Antwerp – the Largest container ship to call at the Port to date. At 10064 TEU, she beats the previous record by 700TEU. She also brought record crowds to watch her arrival – The Largest by a very very wide margin.

On Arrival, she rotated in the Approaches and backed in offering excellent views of her size. The Vera D entered the harbour just ahead of her, but proceeded north of Georges to stay out of the way, and tied up after ZIM Antwerp was backed into pier 41.


Chilean Navy Barquentine Esmeralda due today

Chilean Navy Barquentine Esmeralda due today. Built in 1954, she now serves as a training ship, but is reported to have been a floating prison and torture center for political prisoners of the Augusto Pinochet regime from 1973 to 1980. Shes Due to Anchor in late this afternoon, and move to Pier 20 on the 29th. She was last here in May 2009. The NFB Produced a film Called the Dark side of a White Lady about the ships use in torture.  

The Dark Side of the White Lady, Patricio Henríquez, provided by the National Film Board of Canada



The much awaited aircraft carrier is Due this Wednesday, tentatively arriving in Anchorage  1 (Between Georges and Mcnabs) 10:30am ish This post will be updated with additional timing as updates become known.   UPDATE: 06/27: USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) , a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, is due at the dockyard today around 5pm. She is likely part of the Carrier Group. UPDATE 2: USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG-81) will be tieing up at the Dockyard.they are both expected to arrive 9:30, and 10:30 respectively in the inner harbour. USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER is due 10am ish now. Post above has been updated

Port to Break 10,000TEU this week

The largest container ship Yet to the port of Halifax is Due Thursday Friday. The Zim Antwerp is rated at 10,064TEU, and bests the current record holder – CMA-CGM Tage (and fleet mates) by 700 TEU. Unlike CMA-CGM Tage, She is of a conventional Layout, with accommodation block Aft. *I originally saw she was due Friday, but a more reliable source informed me he is due Thursday.

NATO Exercise Dynamic Mongoose Coming Up

The past few days has brought the arrival of a Dutch Submarine, and word of a Visit by the Eisenhower Carrier Group at the end of the month. NATO has also announced an exercise running in the North Atlantic in Late June and early July. The upcoming Dynamic Mongoose is scheduled for June 26 to July 8, 2017. Dynamic Mongoose is the second annual NATO-led maritime Anti-Submarine Warfare interoperability exercise.  The aim of this exercise is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills. NATO Photo – Dynamic Mongoose 2016 Participants

Farley Mowat to be scrapped by feds.

Since sinking and being re-floated in June 2015, the Farley Mowat has languished at the pier in Shelburne. Court Orders to remove the vessel went unanswered, resulting in her Owner Tracy Dodds being imprisoned for contempt of court for failing to remove the vessel. In 2016 he was given a May 31 deadline to move the vessel, or face $10,000 in fines or 20 days in jail. He was arrested in August 4 2016, and served his time. The federal government has announced they will now issue a contract to remove and scrap the vessel, and then attempt to recover the funds from Dodds, under the Polluter Pays Principal. In the end – the taxpayer will be left holding the bag, as the feds also will attempt to recover the $815,000 cost to refloat Farley Mowat – the money likely doesnt exist. Not included in the cost are thousands of dollars in unpaid berthage fees, and additional lost revenue from vessels not being able to tie up, because of the Presence of the Ship. Dodds also owned the Craig Trans, which racked up over $100,000 in bertage fees in Dartmouth Cove, and Numerous other vessels around the province.
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