the container ship Yantian express finally made Halifax this morning, anchoring in the basin. The ship was bound for Halifax, when it suffered a container fire, and was towed to Freeport Bahamas. Our original coverage of that incident, and updates to the Departure from freeport Can be found here.
All salvageable cargo is onboard, and will likely be discharged in Halifax. Cargo where security was paid will probably be loaded onto the next Ship on the route, while the remainder could remain aboard the ship, or dwell in the container yard. the ship is scheduled to move to the pier at Fairview Cove tomorrow morning.
we know there was damage to the front 2 hatches, and the covers were repaired. however the weather this morning obscures the ship, so other damage is not apparent at this time.
UPDATE May 21: the ship moved to Fairview Cove this morning, and work began to offload. I have been told 3500 moves. As of yesterday, 2975 containers have provided security, with close to 500 providing security since the ship departed Freeport. The ship has an appointment with a Shipyard in China in August.
UPDATE May 22, 0845: It looks like the first containers removed yesterday were the original container bound for Halifax. the ship was worked overnight, and i am aware of ~1300 containers to be removed. Yantain Express is due to move to the east end of the pier Tonight, and the Brighton will take its place at the pier working the eastbound EC5 leg. I have also been told the ship will load 1000 empties to take back to china.
UPDATE May 23, 0924: the offload will continue slowly, due to lack of yard space for the containers. I have been told it will probably take 10 days to fully discharge the ship.
UPDATE May 24: Yantain Express shifted back to the west end birth last night, and work removing containers began again this morning. The ship is scheduled to move to Anchor tonight to make room for MOL Partner and Atlantic Sun who arrive tomorow.
The MOL Partner called on Fairview cove yesterday. the Ship is a regular on the Alliances EC5 service. Coincidentally, I later spotted the tweet below, which appears to be this ship. Want to know why Flag of Convenience ships are so cheap – this is one of the reasons.
#ITFinspection finds that crew has just over 7 dollars a day food allowance and Provisions to low for crossing the Atlantic milk juices and fresh veggies needed so off we go to supermarket pic.twitter.com/S60siZHjuq
Weather was an issue on Saturday, with some ships moving, and others waiting it out. CMA-CGM Chennai, at just over 10000teu was forced to wait out her call until 15:00 on Sunday. She was worked over night, and sailed before noon on Monday.
With CMA-CGM Chennai not entering port Saturday morning, other container ships were moving.
Dimitra C, the former MOL Priority, arrived, and waited in the basin for Dalian Express to free the Western birth. With Dalian Express Clear, she backed in and tied up.
also working Fairview Cove on Saturday was Atlantic Sky in the the West birth.
Alexandra arrived this evening to Fairview cove. The ship is running on the Alliances EC5 Service. She arrived from Norfolk, and will sail from Halifax for Jebel Ali (Dubai, UAE) arriving on November 15th.
The Alliance has dropped Halifax from its AL6 service effective December.
Changes announced on the 26th, have a new routing of La Spezia –Genoa –Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Miami – Algeciras –La Spezia.The New service will be combined with the Oceans Alliance Amerigo Service, and each alliance will provide 3 8000TEU vessels for a total of 6 in rotation.
Since the Service began in summer of 2017, the routing has been Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno and is served by 5 smaller K-Line vessels (Brevick Bridge, Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge) at Fairvew Cove.
ZIM markets the AL6 service as ZCI, and in a strengthening of the alliance, will be adding the Livorno stop to its ZCA Service which already calls in Halifax, and is now being Marketed by the Alliance as AL7. In the end, while this represents a loss of a weekly call to Halifax, the total TEU’s will likely remain the same.
Bilbao Bridge and MOL Partner spent the morning at Fairview Cove. Both vessels represent 2/3s of ONE – the New shipping line that is the Merger of NYK, MOL and K-Lines container businesses.
Bilbao Bridge, Serving The Alliances AL6 service (below) was scheduled to sail at Noon, but didn’t get away until after 1pm.
MOL Partner, operating on The Alliances’ EC5 service, is not scheduled to depart until this evening.
At Halterm, Skogafoss is spending the day, scheduled to Sail at 16:30, along with Asian Sun for Tropical Shipping. The Car Carrier MONZA anchored for Gypsy moth Inspection, before moving to Autoport for 1pm.
Mol Partner sits at anchor in the basin waiting for a birth to free up at Fairview Cove.
Despite today being a holiday, the ships were stacking up at Fairview cove. Sunday night brought the arrival of YM Express to the west birth. She Sailed Monday morning, and was replaced by Budapest Bridge, while the east birth was taken up by Atlantic Sea, both arriving early morning. When Budapest Bridge sailed late afternoon, MOL Partner was finally able to take up her spot Mol Partner is currently scheduled to sail just after midnight, Atlantic Sea is due to depart Tuesday afternoon, having had her ro-ro decks worked Monday, and her containers Tuesday.