The 16,022teu CMA-CGM Marco-Polo arrived tonight, setting the Halifax, Canadian, and Eastern North American records for largest container ship to call. The full list of previous records can be found in this post
Crowds in the parking lot at Point Pleasant were so great for the ships 9:45pm Arrival that the police reportedly closed the parking lot to additional arrivals. For Comparison sake, compare with the Panamax MSC vessel in front. (below)
The ship is currently scheduled to sail at 6pm, on the 18th. I hope to get some daylight photos tomorrow.
Maersk Penang stopped in Halifax today. the ship spent the weekend in Saint john where it was trailing the port there with CP rail as the Carrier. The ship sailed over the dinner hour bound for Montreal.
Maersk Normally calls on Halifax westbound, after stopping in Montreal.
Rail blockages by Indigenous protests caused problems for the port. So did Excess traffic caused by a longshoreman strike in Montreal. MSC Diverted ships, but added Halifax to its regular schedule. Containers began to dwell, due to rail delays cased by a shortage of cars, causing excess empty containers were stacked all around port property. The Strike also led to Hapag Lloyd diverted some traffic to Halifax.
longtime caller ZIM Qingdao arrived yesterday morning and was worked at pier 42. She then moved to the basin last evening around 7pm and spent overnight at anchor before moving to pier 36 at noon today. The ship is reported to have engine troubles.