Progress continues on the new container inspection facility for Canada Border services, on Africville Rd. next to the Fairview cove terminal. Currently container flagged for inspection are trucked to their facility in Burnside.
The future plan has Fairview Cove handling the majority of truck traffic for both terminals, with container moving by rail between the terminals. CN already operates an inland terminal in Moncton to handle regional containers, and are interested in developing a facility in Debert
This little Locomotive was unloaded from an ACL vessel this week. The unit was shipped to the UK in February 2022 as a Demo Unit for RSS. It has now returned, and is rumored to be replacing the SW1500 switcher at Gold Bond, reportedly on its last legs.
Designed by Tractive Power Corp of North Vancouver, the TP56 is designed for Industrial Switching. The Locomotive is built on a 3 axle HT-C truck normally used in EMD’s much larger locomotives. This 80 ton unit has 375 horspower, and 56000lbs of tractive effort.
The W.N Twolan arrived in Halifax in December with the barge NT1802. Today it moved to Fairview Cove to load some cargo onto the barge at the RO-RO ramp. What look to be large motors were loaded onto the barge via SPMT.
The Tug was built by Davie 60 years ago. it spent most of its life in the the fresh water Great Lakes, and more recently spent time laid up. It was purchased by Halls Bay Marine Services of Springdale, NL and refit last year. The owners also own the ex RCN fireboat Firebird, and the tug R.J Ballott formerly known Jerry Newbury.
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.
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.
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
The April 25th Call of NYK Rumina seems to have drawn the attention of the CBSA, which appeared to have a dive boat alongside. A Crewman can be seen on the deck, and a line is running from the Rumina to the CBSA’s Vessel.
NYK Rumina sailed on Schedule, so its unclear if the inspection revealed anything, nor is it known if the vessel was specifically targeted, or if this was part of normal customs operations.
The CBSA uses divers and ROV’s to search the underside of ships for Contraband. In a 2018 case, smugglers used divers to pack the sea chest of a Maersk vessel. Divers attempted to recover the drugs in Montreal, but abandoned the attempt, and were eventually caught in Halifax.