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MSC Sao Paulo to Fairview Cove.

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

Container ships.

(Above)MSC Sandra at pier 42 (Below) ZIM Vancouver at pier 41. Both ships are being worked by a single crane unit

Atlantic Sky is in the outer anchorage, and will be bound for Fairview Cove Monday Morning. Fairview Cove was occupied Sunday by Humen Bridge, still in its K-Line Livery but sailing for ONE as part of the Alliance.

MSC Angela was making heaving smoke on Departure from PSA Halifax this afternoon. The ship had a thick stream of white smoke coming from its stack, which had dissipated somewhat by the time the ship got underway.

The ship sailed for Montreal, havign arrived form Valencia

CMA-CGM Leo

CMA-CGM Leo at Pier 41, with Pictor for Emskip at Pier 42. CMA-CGM Leo is rated at 11,200TEU.

The 16,020 TEU CMA-CGM Jules Verne visited on Saturday. Port congestion is the likely source for the Bunch up of ships, which normally call weekly.

MSC Anya is in the outer anchorage. and Oceanex Sanderling was working RO-RO at pier 36.

Largest Container ship yet

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.

CP Rail lures Maersk to Saint John?

I have been told that Maersk has been lured by CP Rail to begin calling in Saint John, and bypassing Halifax. A quick look at the Maersk Schedule continues to show the Halifax call into September, however ships have also been noted to be calling in Saint John, a Call on listed on the schedule.

Maersk Palermo and Labour action in Montreal?

A Sunday call for MSC Annick (at Pier 41) and Maersk Palermo.

Both ships call on Montreal where due to a questionable labour situation, Container volumes were down 10% in March. This led to the Employers association revoking some pay guarantees, which looks to have goaded the union into a limited labour action – the details of which will be announced at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Maersk Penang

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.

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