The general cargo ship Lomur took to the basin yesterday. the ship was on charter to Eimskip, but has been replaced by the Pictor J. that ship should hit Halifax in May. Lomur is quite small,and suffered weather damage in recent winter storms, as well as heavy icing.
the Eimskip green line will continue to be served by EF Ava and Skogafoss, with a May 9th ETA for the Pictor J.
This morning saw 3 ships tied up at Pier 41/42. Oceanex Sanderling took up he usual spot at pier 41, and came off the dock at 11:45 to head over to Autoport. Warnow Sun, for Russian firm Atlantic RO-RO took up the Middle position. She is scheduled to sail this afternoon, though cargo operations appear to be complete.
(above) Oceanex Sanderling comes off pier 41behind Warnow Sun.
Emskip vessel Skogafoss had the southern most position at pier 42, and Departed for Portland Maine at 11:30 (below) Skogafoss just coming off the dock Outbound.
2 ships got off the Dock at Halterm just before Noon today. Skogafoss (Above) sailed for Portland, Maine from Pier 42. She was followed by Oceanex Sanderling (below), Who was moving to Autoport from Pier 41.
Yesterday say the general cargo vessel Skogafoss tie up at pier 42. Eimskip, Based in Iceland, recently increased their service to Halifax. Thanks to CETA, they are able to move containers between Halifax and Newfoundland. Eimskip Stops in Argentia, so this service re-instates a service cut by Oceanex a few years ago.
December is always a busy month, and this past December lead to a lack of posting, though a number of notable things happened.
The bow section of the future HMCS Harry Dewolf was rolled out and attached, giving us the first view of what the completed ship will look like. The second vessel is also underway, and steel was cut for the third in Dartmouth.
In other New build navy news the NRU Asterisk arrived in Halifax and tied up at pier 20. I missed her arrival and the seaport was locked when I attempted to go get photos. The NRU prefix stands for Naval Replenishment Unit. She will operate with a civilian crew and military specialists, similar to the Royal Fleet Auxuilery (UK supply ships) or the American Military Sealift Command (USNS vessels)
PCTC Bess tied up at pier 27 to offload some heavy equipment. The general cargo vessel Floringracht offloaded some machinery, and then loaded what appeared to be rebar. with Container traffic up almost 20% over last year, which was also up significantly over the previous year, halterm is expanding its lay out area along marginal road, which will likely block photos like this in the future.
Selfoss put in 2 weeks ago fro Eimskip, and tied up at pier 42. This made for easy photography. On the 28th Aristomenis stopped at pier 42 for Happag Lloyd. The vessel was previously the Hanjin Netherlands, and was presumably sold or re-chartered after Hanjin’s bankruptcy. Hanjin logo is still visible on the funnel, under the Happag Lloyd orange paint, and her old name is still welded to the hull but painted over. The ship was built in 2011
Icelandic carrier Eimskip has announced a short sea feeder shipping service between the Port of Halifax and Portland, Maine. This new service feature will begin today with the arrival of the Selfoss at Halterm. To deliver a weekly service, Eimskip is adding a third vessel to its Green Line rotation.
Eimskip did this once before in 2015, and of course AFL New England ran a short lived service.
the noon hour brought the arrival of Reykjafoss which backed into pier 42. A regular caller for a number of years, she runs a loop between Halifax, Portland Maine,Argentia NF, Northern Europe and Iceland.