Monthly Archives: December 2011

Mississipiborg Grounded Twice in Pictou

Shipwrecks Log is reporting:

The 135 meter long, 8950 dwt container ship Mississipiborg went aground at Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Mississipiborg was attempting to leave port laden with kraft paper at low tide in strong crosswind when it became stuck in the silt and sand. The vessel was refloated two hours later on the incoming tide and returned to harbour where it turned around before attempting to leave port again. On the second attempt, the Mississipiborg went aground again a short distance beyond the spot of the first grounding. The vessel remained aground until the high tide where the Mississipiborg was refloated and departed. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.

I will See if I can find photos of the incident.


PCTC Tarago turning prior to backing into Autoport. This was her first visit to Halifax. Tarago is a town in NSW Australia. She was built in 2000, and is owned by Wilhelmsen Lines, Which is why she is red in Colour, as opposed to the majority of Wallenus Wilhelmsen Lines Vessels which call, that are green in Colour.

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New Vessels On Hapag Lloyd PAX Service

Looks like Hapag Lloyd has rotated a couple of vessels calling on Halifax.
Today Marks a first time appearance for Rio De Jenaro Express. Lacking the Distinctive Hapag Lloyd markings, she is a relatively new charter from Seaspan.

Another New Vessel scheduled to appear on the run is the Pusan. Its an odd name, since it appears to be lacking the Express part of her name. A Quick search shows she began her life as Pusan Senator, and as of March 2011 was operating as MSC Kenya. She is Due Feb 20. – By this time she may acquire an “express” name

Home For Christmas

CCGS Earl Grey returned to Halifax on the 19th. She was previously undergoing a period of work, including Hull Painting at Shelburne Ship repair.

Shelburne Ship Repair was taken over By Irving shipbuilding, and underwent several Upgrades to accommodate larger vessels. Earl grey was one of the First vessels to be serviced at the newly refurbished yard.

More Traffic For Pier 9

CSL Spirit tied up at pier 9a this morning. This is likely a brief lay up period, before she sails to replace Atlantic Superior at work at Sept-Iles on shuttle service, running iron ore from the pier to larger ships anchored in the bay.

As reported at Shipfax in November, Atlantic Superior will be sailing for Halifax for Hull Work – Probably scheduled after the departure of the Louis St Laurent from the Nova Dock.

Universal Amsterdam

M/V Universal Amsterdam, a 22000DWT bulk carrier, Arrived fro bunkers Yesterday evening and departed overnight. A relatively new vessel, she was launched on 13th January 2009 and delivered Dutch owners Universal Marine in March 2009.

She is A Self Unloader, however this is done via Crane and Clambshell Bucket, And Difers form the self unloaders typically seen at National Gypsum, which feature unloading booms and conveyor belts.

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