Ortolan Gamma arrived last Friday for ACL filling in for Atlantic Star which is currently at Gdansk, Poland, likely for a work period.
of note, ACL is reflagging its ships. the UK Seafarers union RMT issued a statement:
The ACL fleet was registered in the Port of Liverpool from 2016, when the Atlantic Sea was christened by Princess Anne, the first in Liverpool for fifty years. Yet earlier this week, ACL re-flagged one of its sister ships Atlantic Sky to the Maltese register – a Flag of Convenience and the biggest shipping register in the EU. ACL’s owners Grimaldi Group have warned that the rest of the ACL G4 ships on the Red Ensign are also likely to be re-flagged.
ACL has been threatening to reflag it ships since 2018 over concerns over no deal Brexit. Several other shipping lines have been doing the same. the full release can be found here
The Strike in Montreal ended with a 7 month truce this past Sunday. Several ships at anchor departed and sailed for Montreal. Genoa Express (above) hung on, and completed cargo work before sailing. Quebec express also hung around, and is currently at the pier at Fairview Cove (below).
MSC Brianna called this week, as the first stop of a 6 month contract for 2500teu/per week to come to Halifax. this is new business, and may be a hedge against winter delays and further labour action.
The Boskalis tug Princess put into Halifax fro a brief fuel and supply stop Tuesday, before heading for Mulgrave. The tug will likely be collecting one of the Sable offshore platforms for delivery to the UK Recyclers.
Halifax Fire’s Rescue boat 13 is Passing in the Foreground.
Genoa Express is at Fairview Cove. MSC Ela took to the outer anchorage on the 16th Quebec Express arrived on the 19th,and dropped the hook in the outer anchorage. Ortolan Gamma due on the 20th, MSC Annick is due on the 22nd, having sailed from Montreal. OOCL Montreal is due the 28th MSC Brianna is due the 31st.
Thanks to the Longshoreman strike at the Port of Montreal, and the volume of diverted containers coming to Halifax, PSA Halifax has had to relocate empties. Currently there are stacks in the Truck Marshaling area (Above) at pier 24 (below) and in the parking lot opposite Pier 21. Containers have moved in Ocean terminal areas near pier 27 as well.
Fortunately for PSA, the next two diversions are due at Ceres.
Atlantic Sail departed in the early afternoon freeing the berth for MOL Mission, which spent the afternoon at Fairview cove, sailing at 10pm.
PSA Halifax finished working Maersk Palermo, which sailed at 8:30pm, very lightly loaded. Tropic hope was forward, and was due to sail at 10:30pm. Ef Ava, which sailed at noon, was also tied up earlier at pier 42, keeping all 5 cranes busy.
Wilson Monsoon arrived Sunday night from Scotland, to collect the unused anchor gear that was to be used to anchor the Deep Panuke field production platform in Mulgrave. Since they are no longer needed, they are presumably going back to Scotland.