MSC Alyssa arrived at pier 42. the 4000TEU panamax ship was simply dwarfed by CMA-CGM Marco Polo at Pier 42.
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.
Halifax Shipyard achieved two milestones this week. The HMCS Margaret Brooke completed several days of sea trials off the coast of Nova Scotia. The Ship departed the shipyard the afternoon of the 7th, and returned Tuesday morning.
The bow mega block was rolled out May 8th for ship number 3, the future HMCS Max Bernays, and positioned to join the rear two thirds of the ship already outside. The ship is scheduled to enter the water in the fall.
The Kwartha Spirit underwent some work earlier this spring in Woodside, and included a new coat of paint. The vessel traded it white hull, for Navy Blue, but retained its very Ontario name.
The Kwartha Spirit replaced the Haligonian III, in Murphys fleet. an almost identical vessel, its actually a few years older then the vessel it replaced, a feat possible due to the fact the kwartha spirit spent her life in Ontario, and sailed only in Fresh Water.
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.
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.
The Factory ship trawler Mersey Phoenix tied up at pier 9 last week for what looks to be a work period. The ship spends much of its time fishing for shrimp in Northern waters around Baffin island.
Fleetmate Mersey Venture was at Pier 9 in December, taking on supplies while waiting out bad weather.
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.