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,
The Zhen Hua 29 arrived this morning with the new crane For PSA Halifax. The Crane was ordered last year, prior to the sale of the terminal to PSA.
Also on board the ship are 2 container Cranes bound for the EuroFOS terminal in Fos-sur-Mer France in the Mediterranean, and two gantry cranes for handling bulk products (Equipped with clam shell buckets) destined for Algeria.
the Zhen Hua 29 Departed Shanghai china April 24th, and sailed via the Cape of Good Hope.
the Zhen Hua 29 sailed from Shanghai today, with PSA Halifax’s new crane onboard. The ship is currently due to arrive June 22, baring any delays.
Like the other cranes at PSA Halifax, the crane was manufactured by ZPMC, but will be even larger then the two SPPX cranes added in 2013, spanning 24 bays across, vs 22 for the current cranes.
The addition of the new crane, and an option for a second were announced in February 2019, I’m told two tie down locations are being installed at pier41 suggesting the option for a second crane has been exercised.
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.
COVID 19 concerns kept interviews to email, and media off the pier, and i will post some additional photos later.
The CMA-CGM Thomas Jefferson is due at PSA Halifax on March 21. At 14,414 teu, she will set the record for largest container ship to call. 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.
Largest ship to call in Canada was the Cosco Himalayas at 14,500teu. It’s first call was in Prince Rupert in 2017, and still holds the record.
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.
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.
As previously announced, today PSA International Pte Ltd has completed the acquisition of Halterm from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. This is a good news story for the port, as PSA is a terminal operator, and not simply an investment fund. PSA will work with Shippers, CN, and the port to increase business, and has extensive operations around the world.
PSA’s other Canadian facility is the Ashcroft Terminal, British Columbia’s largest inland port facility. Ashcroft Terminal is located approximately 300km east of the Port of Vancouver, close to the major highways, and offers unique rail connectivity to both Class 1 railroad lines – CN and CP
The port released the results of the public consultation they performed to solicit feedback on port expansion and how the port operates within the community. The consultation was conducted by Hill+Knowlton Strategies via a survey to two groups in March and April 2019.
for port is strong, with the majority from both groups agreeing or
strongly agreeing that the port is important to the economy and quality
of life in the region. Among the groups, the rational for port expansion
is understood, and is supported by similar numbers of respondents.
some strong advocacy for moving Halterm to Dartmouth, survey
respondents favored the Halterm North expansion option over the move.
Halterm North would see the south end finger piers that make up the
ocean terminals infilled to add an additional berth. More than 50% of
respondents were indifferent or against moving to Dartmouth. Less than
31% were indifferent or against Halterm expansion.
respondents indicated their priority considerations regarding port
expansion were the impact on local neighborhoods, and access to road and
Rail. On the question of truck volume downtown, most felt it was an
issue, and there was strong support for reducing trucks, and expanding
rail to do so.
survey results are good news for the port. The port has some clear
direction, and support from the public. Expansion can be done, but the
port must also be a good neighbour. The recent
announcement on federal funding to remove trucks from the downtown and
enhancing rail service between the terminals was likely driven by the
port and the government taking survey feedback in this regard seriously.
Consultation consisted of two survey groups. The open group consisted
of anyone who wanted to fill out the survey online. 1,911 answered some
or all the survey questions. The majority of this group were working
age, and 23% identified as a downtown commuter. A second group, was a
demographically representative sample of 1012 participants from across
the province. 33% of this group was retired, and the age group tended to skew to age 45+. It was also 50% of HRM and 50% from the province at large.
would be expected, responses to the open survey were likely from
interested parties, but the results among both groups show the same
Work on the Halterm Expansion has moved to Pier 9. Dredging was completed at pier 9 Mid may, and the dump scows have been used to prepare the sea bed with coarse gravel loaded at pier 9. the Slip forming equipment is also now on site, and the first forms are being placed on the barge (above left). once the floor is cast, the outside walls and interior dividers will be cast by slip forming until the entire block is constructed. Once complete, it will be towed into place, and filler with gravel.