floating very high out of the water, the empty wood ship carrier Mcqueen took the inner anchorage for Asian Gypsy moth inspection. Mcqueen sailed from Dafeng China February 23. the ship is due to sail mid afternoon.
Built in 2009 in Japan as Ocean Destiny, the ship took its current name in 2016. it is owned by Hope Well Shipping, based in Shandong.
UPDATE: on departure, the Ship gave Belledune NB as its destination.
2 vessels made brief stops at the anchorages late this afternoon. both sailed early evening. first to arrive was the Atlantic Dawn, sailing to Charleston from Quebec City. She put in for bunkers at anchorage 7.
Following shortly behind was the bulker Aliki, bound for Sept Ile PQ to load iron ore. She pulled in to Anchorage #1fro CFIA Gypsy moth inspection before heading inland.
The general cargo vessel CHIPOLBROK GALAXY anchored this morning for CFIA Inspection. Built in Dec 2010, she is owned and operated by Chipolbrok America, the US Arm of the Chinese – Polish Joint Stock Shipping Co. Built to handle project cargoes, she has 3 cranes; two of which are off set, and the aft one is on the Center line.
She can carry 1904TEU, and features adjustable holds.
This year has seen a number of vessels anchor for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Gypsy Moth Inspections. It was noticed in 2012 that a number of inspected vessels were carrying the Asian Gypsy Moth, the the CFIA and USDA have stepped up their inspection program between March and October of this year (Presumably the moth is not laying eggs over the winter months)
The Asian Gypsy moth is an insect that is native to Japan, China, Korea and Eastern Russia, and can eat large amounts of foliage and result in extensive damage to forests. The Moths typically will lay eggs in protected areas of ships and containers ( Under overhangs, in corners etc.) and can hatch and spread once they are in Canada.
Ships that have visited ports in the affected areas are required to produce a certificate that they are free of Asian Gypsy Moths. On Arrival to Canada, the vessels are required to undergo an inspection to verify the certificate and ensure they are free from the Pest.