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Largest Container Ship to Call in Canada

Take that west coast ports.

This morning, the largest containerized cargo vessel to call at a Canadian port arrived at the Port of Halifax. The CMA CGM Brazil, 366 metres length, 51 metres beam and 15,072 TEU capacity, berthed at PSA Halifax at approximately 12:00 a.m. ADT.

Placed on end, it would be the third tallest structure in Canada, after the CN Tower, and the INCO Superstack in Sudbury. The ship entered service in in May of this year, and is likely on its first trip.

COSCO Himalayas, at 14,200teu called at Prince Rupert in 2017 and held the previous record for largest ship to call in Canada

The CMA CGM Brazil sails on the weekly Columbus JAX service, from South Asia to the East Coast of America. With a terminal area of 32 ha, a quay length of 1,045m and a depth of 16.5m, PSA Halifax is the only port in Eastern Canada that can accommodate ultra-class vessels.

This inaugural call of the CMA CGM Brazil comes shortly after the arrival of Eastern Canada’s largest ship-to-shore super post-Panamax crane in July 2020, bringing the total number of SPPX cranes at PSA Halifax to five. The Halifax Port Authority is in the final stage of completion of a deep-water berth extension which will bring the total quay length to 800 meters to meet the growing deployment of Ultra Class Container Vessels.

the ship is currently scheduled to sail at 11:30. this may change however.

UPDATE: Firm Pilot order for 13:30.

Last of the Montreal Strike Container Traffic

The Strike in Montreal ended with a 7 month truce this past Sunday. Several ships at anchor departed and sailed for Montreal. Genoa Express (above) hung on, and completed cargo work before sailing. Quebec express also hung around, and is currently at the pier at Fairview Cove (below).

MSC Brianna called this week, as the first stop of a 6 month contract for 2500teu/per week to come to Halifax. this is new business, and may be a hedge against winter delays and further labour action.

Stack em up!

Thanks to the Longshoreman strike at the Port of Montreal, and the volume of diverted containers coming to Halifax, PSA Halifax has had to relocate empties. Currently there are stacks in the Truck Marshaling area (Above) at pier 24 (below) and in the parking lot opposite Pier 21. Containers have moved in Ocean terminal areas near pier 27 as well.

Fortunately for PSA, the next two diversions are due at Ceres.

Full day at the Container Terminals.

Atlantic Sail departed in the early afternoon freeing the berth for MOL Mission, which spent the afternoon at Fairview cove, sailing at 10pm.

PSA Halifax finished working Maersk Palermo, which sailed at 8:30pm, very lightly loaded. Tropic hope was forward, and was due to sail at 10:30pm. Ef Ava, which sailed at noon, was also tied up earlier at pier 42, keeping all 5 cranes busy.

Port of Montreal Strike.

Last week in the Herald I outlined how ongoing labour strife could be an issue for the Port of Montreal, leading to a loss of Cargo in the longer term..

JOC posted an article suggesting 50% of Montreal’s cargo volume is Discretionary – shippers are not tied to the port, and use it for convenience sake. Summer whale and Winter ice delays, plus geographical challenges already were cause for concern for Montreal, and now labour issues are added.

After this article ran, one of the Longshore Unions at the port of montreal gave 72 hour strike notice for an indefinite strike, to begin Monday. That means effective tommorw, most terminals are shut down, Causing ships to divert.

A 4 day strike 2 weeks ago caused two MSC Vessels to divert to Halifax, Maersk to call out of Order, and Hapag-Lloyd sent a ship to Saint John NB. Canadian Pacific Railways re-acquisition of the line through Maine seems to be paying off, and CP has simply moved its customers to Saint John. Another Hapag-Llloyd ship called this week in Saint John.

MSC Rochelle arrived in the outer anchorage Saturday – its due at PSA Halifax on the 18th. The wait is required to maintain schedule, as a week is saved by calling in Halifax Vs Montreal.

Maersk Palermo arrived Sunday morning. it usually spends around 6 hours in port. this call the ship is due to sail late Monday afternoon.

Montreal Express and OOCL Belgium also look to be diverting to Halifax, Due on the 11th and 15th respectively. I expect more to divert given the nature of the labour actions.

MSC Diversions due to Montreal Strike

Labour strife at the Port of Montreal has caused both MSC Veronique and MSC Sariska to divert to Halifax, the latter pulling a u turn off Quebec. MSC Veronique arrived Sunday morning and spent the day, with a departure scheduled for 8 am Monday morning.

MSC Sariska arrived around 9pm, and has no scheduled departure at this time. Earlier in the week, Maersk Patras called on Halifax first, before sailing for Montreal to avoid a labour disruption there.

Update:
MSC Veronique sailed at 8am for New York. the majority of her cargo was discharged, and will be moved by rail. the MSC ships are only 4000teu, which allows them to reach Montreal with out encountering any draft or load restrictions.

MSC Sariska is due to sail at 4:30

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