the Second Officer on board the Maersk Patras, inbound for Montreal, fell overboard Sunday morning near the Les Escoumins pilot station around 0930 am. the coast guard called off the search at 8pm. The ship is due in Halifax, after the Montreal Call.
The search was conducted by several coast guard vessels, boats from the Maersk Patras, and RCAF SAR aircraft. Its currently unclear what happened. the officer likely was not wearing a life jacket aboard the ship, and the fall was likely high enough to incapacitate him.
UPDATE May 23: The ITF Conducted an investigation and discovered that the 2end officer went overboard while conducting lashing operations. the crew were removing lashings on containers prior to arrival in montreal, presumabley to speed discharge. The officer was reported to be handling a long lashing rod, able to reach the third row of containers in the stack, when he went overboard. Those rods are often used on the outside ends of the stack, and our both heavy and long.
the ITF also identified the 2nd officer as Ravindu Lakmal Pieris Telge, a Sri lankan national. His body has not yet been recovered. Apparently having crews lash ships in the river, while under way is a common practice at the port of Montreal. besides being dangerous, the practice increases the chance containers can go overboard in the river, as they are not properly secured when the ship leaves port.
Maersk Niteroi made an appearance on the Maersk weekly Call on Sunday
The ship Arrived as the final Stop of the Montreal Mediterranean Express – the service began in July, but is quietly ending, whit no more trips being scheduled after December. The ship sailed for Bremerhaven, and will make stops in Antwerp and Rotterdam, making the return trip from Montreal as the Eastbound CAE service (With Halifax as the second call on that route). after this trip, Maersk Niteroi will go into northern European service.
Maersk appears to be cycling some ships around, so schedule slots seem to be filled by random vessels for a trip or two. Another new vessel will be calling next week – but more on that next week.
Maersk Niteroi was built in 2009, and is rated at 2592 TEU.
APL Detroit arrived this morning, and took up Pier 42. Maersk Penang took P41. if you look closely, you will notice on of the cranes over APL Detroit has its boom up – Presumably out of service for some reason.
As a result, the last remaining pananmax crane, which usually services pier 36, has been swun around to work the Maersk Penang at 41. Penang being a Panamax ship, she fits comfortably under the crane.
(Above) Arsos backed into pier 42 just after noon. Shes running on the New ZIM Canada Florida Express service to Jamaica. Heading out from Autoport was Taurus Leader (below). Shes bound for New York.
Seamax Stamford (Above) is at Pier 41, calling on the Maersk line Med/Montreal express(MMX) service . The Bomar Rebecca (below) is hanging out at Pier 26. She was offloaded earlier this week, and went to pier 26, presumably to wait out Hurricane Florence. She sails for tropical shipping, which canceled their sailing this week.
Today brought the arrival of the CAP Portland, marking the first call of the Maersk MEX Service.
The fully Maersk Line-operated weekly Med/Montreal express(MMX) service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). The First voyage of the service, began on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy,
The MEX Service will be served by EM SPETSES, SAN ALESSIO, SAN ADRIANO, GERRIT BRAREN, and CAP PORTLAND
Priority Tied up at Fairview Cove – Formerly the MOL Priority, her light blue hull was painted over. Built in 2002, shes sailing on the Alliance’s EC5 Service. She sailed for New York.
Maersk Palermo made the weekly Maersk call on Saturday. Given the Drugs found the previously on this route, Maersk Palermo was subject to inspection by the CBSA, and RCMP Dive Team. No word on if anything was found.
APL Vancouver also put in a first time call on CMA-CGM’s weekly service. Port Activities kept her well obstructed at pier 41.
Maersk Line yesterday announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The fully Maersk Line-operated weekly Med/Montreal express(MMX) service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). The exclusive Maersk-operated service, the Med / Montreal Express, will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.
The new service will call Montreal’s Cast terminal, operated by MGT, which is conveniently located closest to the ocean and offers easy access to rail and trucking options.
In addition, the service will make an Eastbound call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, catering for an important Canadian perishable market and facilitating refrigerated shipments of foodstuff traditionally exported from Canadian Maritime Provinces.