with no movements into or out of the harbour, since the Ethan sailed yesterday at noon, the First ship of 2019 looks to be the Algoma Verity, due at the pilot at 6:30pm tonight, bound for National Gypsum.
UPDATE 7:25pm: Algoma Verity has twice delayed its arrival, and is now due at 7am tomorrow. the car carrier MEDITERRANEAN HIGHWAY is due at 5:30am, bound for autoport, and will now likely be the first arrival of the New Year. there was one departure today – the tug Spitfire III bound for Saint John.
The Baie St. Paul made its first call to Halifax, Loading Gypsum for Cote Ste. Catherine in Quebec. The ship sailed just after 1400 on Sunday.
Baie St Paul is the first of 4 trillium Class Geared Bulkers, and was completed in China in 2012. CSL Also built 6 new panamax Trillum Class Ships for its Americas fleet, though they are built like traditional ocean going bulkers, and lack the seawaymax form of the Lakers. 2 additional trillium class lakers were built without the self unloading gear.
Though built in China, the ships were not built for ocean voyages, and arrived with temporary reinforcing that was removed on arrival to Canada. Baie St. Paul had additional reinforcing added during last winters layup to allow it perform coastal work. – Previous CSL Lakers were common callers in Halifax, Particularly Atlantic Huron and Salarium
The bulk carrier Nordpol put in for bunkers yesterday before sailing for the Cape Verde Islands.the Ship, and its sister Nordkap had been on charter moving bauxite to Sept-Iles but with that charter over, the ships have been sold.
The CSL bulker Ferbec arrived in Halifax March 13. the ship was operating under the Barbados flag internationally over the winter, and will will be re-flagged to Canada. The ship is under contract to Rio Tinto and shuffles ore between the mine in Havre St-Pierre and processor in Sorel-Tracy
Sunday morning there was a collision between two ships in Vancouver Harbour. The Inbound, laden bulk Carrier Caravos Harmony struck the anchored bulk carrier Pan Acacia. The Caravos Harmony, with pilot aboard, was heading to anchor for bunkers after sailing from Tacoma Wa. The collision happened just after midnight.
The Caravos harmony suffered damage to the ships bow. The Pan Acacia was holed amidships above the waterline, possibly from Caravos Harmony’s protruding anchor hawse pipe. Fortunately there were no reports of Injury or Pollution.
From the AIS tracks available online, it appears as though the Caravos Harmony was slowing as it approached an anchorage, before it collided with the Pan Acacia. I have been told that ship had lost power. The ship actually made 2 course changes towards the Pan Acacia, which I was told by an official with the Pacific Pilotage Authority was the result of the ships stern being pushed around by a 3 knot current, and the second course change was caused by the crew dropping the wrong anchor in an attempt to avoid a collision.
The Caravos Harmony loosing power is all the more problematic, when one looks up the ship in the Paris MOU Port State inspection Database . The Ship was inspected in Port Moody B.C. between June 14-19 2018, and 3 deficiencies were noted. The Engine room was found to be Unclean, The Main Propulsion Engine was found to produce insufficient power, and the Bilge pumping arrangements were not as required. while the database does not identify the specific issues, the ship was not detained.
The Caravos Harmony Sailed for Inchon Korea early morning Tuesday the 19th. the Pan Acacia remains at anchor for repair work.
Algoma today announced the signing of a agreement to acquire the interest held by Oldendorff Carriers in the CSL International Pool including the three vessels owned by Oldendorff operating in the Pool. As a result of the transaction, Algoma’s interest in the Pool will increase to approximately 40%.
The Pool consists of 18 self-unloading vessels ranging from handy-sized to panamax and provides shipping services along the coasts of the Americas and in the Caribbean. Pool vessels frequently carry gypsum from Halifax to the US. Algoma currently owns five vessels operating in the Pool. As a result of this transaction, Algoma will acquire the handy-sized m/v Alice Oldendorff, and the m/v Harmen Oldendorff and the m/v Sophie Oldendorff, both of which are panamax vessels, for US$100 million. The deal is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2019.
On the 17th Algoma stated they expect to fund the transaction principally from the proceeds of the refund guarantees from the cancellation of four Croatian shipbuilding contracts. the next Day they announced they had received a full refund of all installment payments made in connection with the now-cancelled shipbuilding contracts with Uljanik d.d. and 3Maj Shipyard of Croatia.
Algoma entered into five shipbuilding contracts with 3Maj Shipyard, an operating unit of Uljanik d.d of Croatia. After considerable delay, the first of the five vessels was delivered in 2018; however, Algoma cancelled the remaining four contracts as the shipyard’s financial difficulties led to the shipyard being unable to put forward a plan that would lead to completion of the remaining hulls. Demands for installment refunds were made in December 2018 and the banks have now remitted a total of CAD$115 million in full settlement of the claims.
Algoma also extended the expiry dates on three existing option contracts held with Yangzijiang Shipyard in China (YZJ) until later in 2019. These options to build Equinox Class self-unloaders or gearless bulkers at attractive prices, were to expire at the end of December.
Algoma contracted for the building of two Equinox Class seawaymax
self-unloaders by YZJ in 2015 and subsequently enlisted the support of
the shipyard to complete two of the partially built Nantong Mingde
hulls, which Algoma acquired from that bankrupt shipyard. Three of the
four ships have been delivered. The final Nantong Mingde hull, the
Algoma Conveyor, is scheduled for delivery in February and is expected
to be in service for the 2019 navigation season.
The bulk carrier Horizon spent the weekend tied up at pier 9, where she took on fuel from at least 5 tractor trailers.
Horizon appeared to be empty, and arrived from Port Alfred in Quebec, where she had failed a Port State Inspection, and had been detained for 5 days. She was released to sail for a US Gulf Shipyard for repairs, stopping in Halifax for Fuel.
At the time of inspection, 22 Deficiencies were noted, 9 of which were severe enough to detain the ship. Among the detainable deficiencies, there were issues with the lifeboats, improper visibility for the bridge, problems with water tight openings, the rudder angle indicator didn’t work, nor was the magnetic compass readable, and the general alarm was inadequate.
The other deficiencies included failure to comply with labor standards, an overheated cold storage, issues with the galley, water supply, sickbay, and improper paperwork.