The Container ship Protostar N is currently hauling cargo for retail giant Costco. The company chartered its own container ship and leased containers to ensure its product could be moved when container supply became constrained and shipping costs skyrocketed last year.
The ship spent the day at Fairview Cove, and sailed in the Evening.
(Above) Xpress Machu Picchu arrived this morning from Genova Italy, and went straight to anchor in the basin. Sailing for Melfi Lines, The ship has a date PSA’s Atlantic Hub terminal in the coming days.(Below) Franbo Lohas also took to anchor in the basin earlier in the week, after loading cable tanks at pier 9
UPDATE: It was windy today, and looking at the AIS data, Xpress Machu Picchu (Top Left track), Franbo Lohas (top right track), Polar Circle (middle) and Nolhan Ava (bottom) all moved around considerably.
Maersk Idaho arrived in Halifax on the 9th, at tied up at PSA Atlantic Hub. the Ship sailed on the 10th, but returned to Anchor in the basin on the 12th. The ship is now scheduled to move back to PSA’s Atlantic Hub again on the 15th, and then sail for Montreal.
Built in South korea in 2000 as Gosport Maersk, the ship took the US flag and its current name in 2009. Maersk Idaho was then moved to Maersk Singapore subsidiary, and took that flag in January 2022.
Vistula Maersk made it to pier 42 after waiting in the outer anchorage for a couple of days. Vistula Maersk is named for the longest river in Poland, and is the first of Maersk’s V-Class to enter service in 2018. Rated at 3600TEU, they are built to Ice class 1A
the V-class ships were built to serve northern europen routes, serving russia. With Ukraine sanctions in place, the ships have been reassigned.
Last nights arrival of of Navarino is still being worked at Pier 41. at Fairview Cove, NYK Deneb has the western berth, with Nolhan Ava working the East.
Atlantic Star Spent the day at Fairview Cove, on ACL’s eastbound call. the ships next stop is Hamburg, having last called in Baltimore. ACL’s ship were notably built under the British Flag, but since Brexit, they have been moved to Malta.
Since the PSA Takeover, the stacks of containers at Fairview cove are noticeably higher, and an additional stack has been placed along Africville road, blocking the outer most set of rail access. This location has been used for containers before, but only under exceptional circumstances – such as the port of Montreal strike, or when the Yantain express discharged all of her boxes post fire.
CMA-CGM Corte Real and Contship Leo spent Saturday at PSA Halifax’s Atlantic Hub Terminal calling on piers 41 and 42 respectively. CMA-CGM Corte Real is named after a portugese explorer. the ship was delivered in 2010, and is rated for 13,800TEU.
Contship Leo is operating on ZIM’s feeder service to Kingston Jamaica. the ship is rated for 1118 TEU, and was delivered in 2008.
MSC Sao Paulo took the western channel on arrival giving the waterfront a close view. The ship was calling on Fairview Cove, a first for MSC vessels which normally call at PSA Halifax’s Atlantic Hub in the south end. This may signal the start of ships calls being split between the terminals to balance load. MSC ships that call on halifax are typically under 4000TEU to make it through the river to Montreal, and are guaranteed to fit under the bridges with out difficulty.
The Atlantic Hub saw MSC Shanghai, which moved to pier 42 this evening after undergoing CFIA Moth inspection. MSC Shangai Called on Halifax up until last year as ZIM Shanghai. the ZIM Hull markings were still visible – the covering paint haven worn away. I missed getting a photo of her today, But her she is calling for ZIM in 2016