Category Archives: container ship

Maersk Chicago – new Service for Halifax?

today brought the arrival of the Mearsk Chicago, a 6000TEU container ship, and the Second Maersk Lines call of the day. regular Caller Maersk Penang sailed, as the Maersk Chicago was arriving at the Pilot Station.

Maersk seems to have added Halifax as a call on its MECL1 Service. The service runs from the middle east, India, via Suez and Spain to Newark, Charleston, Savannah and Houston.

Official Schedules have not been updated, however Maersk Pittsburgh is also scheduled to call in Halifax,

AS Federica to Sail

After spending several weeks in the outer anchorage, the AS Federica has found work. the ship anchored in the basin over the weekend, likely to take on supplies, and is due to Sail the afternoon.

the ship was working on ZIM’s feeder service, and is now going to work on CMA-CGM subsidiary ANL. The ship is scheduled to sail from Saint John July 2 for New York, Savannah, Miami, Kingston, Rio Haina, Philipsburg and back to Saint John July 23

ONE Matrix – Another Magenta ship

ONE Matrix spent yesterday at Fairview cove. The second magenta colored ONE vessel to Call in Halifax. Given her lightly loaded condition, you can see the Magenta and White funnel striping quite clearly.

the ship was repainted in and renamed in March, so its fresh, and on its first trip out of refit. Infact, when I last looked at the schedule, the ship was still MOL Matrix.

the light load is likely due to the pandemic, with container volumes finally dropping off.

One Magnificence is Pink!

One Magnificence is a notable arrival as it is the first vessel to call in Halifax for ONE that is in the new ONE Branding – That is with the Magenta painted hull. ONE – short for Ocean Network Express, was formed in 2016 by the merger of the Container business of Japanese shipping lines NYK, MOL and K-Line

the Ship is the former MOL Magnificence, and the ship traded its MOL blue at its last drydocking. ONE will move its ships slowly to the new paint scheme as they are serviced.

EF Ava Riding the Hook

The Container ship EF Ava spent the morning riding the hook at anchor. The ship is likely waiting out weather to pass before sailing tonight for Portland Maine.

EF Ava Operates on Eimskips Green Line, stopping in Halifax, Portland, Argentia and Reykjavik.

This week in the Herald

This week in the Herald, I discuss covid-19, and its impacts on the port, and large offshore projects. as well as the sting of record breaking container ships to call in the coming months.

Since submitting the article:

  • we have confirmation that the Siem Cicero has been denied entry to the port after the ship reported several ill Crew members.
  • We also learned that the Crane Ship Thialf arrived in the outer Anchorage this morning. there is no word if it will enter the Harbour, though Atlantic Kesterel paid it a visit this evening.

Largest Container Ship Yet.

The 14,414 TEU CMA-CGM T. Jefferson arrived this afternoon, becoming the largest container ship to call in Halifax. The previous record was set last January by CMA-CGM Libra at 11,388. sister ship CMA-CGM Abraham Lincon is also scheduled, as is the 13800teu APL Sentosa.

All the Recent record beaters have operated on the CMA-CGM Columbus JAX service, which sails from asia to both the east and west coasts. 18 vessels provide weekly service, and 1 voyage takes 126 days. Both Records will fall this June when the 15072 teu CMA-CGM Panama arrives, beating both east and west records. the ship is currently Due June 6th.

CMA-CGM T.Jefferson coming along side. (HPA Phato)
tug Spitfire III hauling the stern around so the ship can back in to Pier 41.

COVID 19 concerns kept interviews to email, and media off the pier, and i will post some additional photos later.

MSC Leigh

MSC Leigh anchored in Anchorage #1 for a CFIA Asian Gypsy Moth Inspection. She sailed just before 3pm, bound for Montreal.

Considered an invasive species, Halifax is the Eastern Canadian inspection point for ships.

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