Stack em up!

Thanks to the Longshoreman strike at the Port of Montreal, and the volume of diverted containers coming to Halifax, PSA Halifax has had to relocate empties. Currently there are stacks in the Truck Marshaling area (Above) at pier 24 (below) and in the parking lot opposite Pier 21. Containers have moved in Ocean terminal areas near pier 27 as well.

Fortunately for PSA, the next two diversions are due at Ceres.

Full day at the Container Terminals.

Atlantic Sail departed in the early afternoon freeing the berth for MOL Mission, which spent the afternoon at Fairview cove, sailing at 10pm.

PSA Halifax finished working Maersk Palermo, which sailed at 8:30pm, very lightly loaded. Tropic hope was forward, and was due to sail at 10:30pm. Ef Ava, which sailed at noon, was also tied up earlier at pier 42, keeping all 5 cranes busy.

Port of Montreal Strike.

Last week in the Herald I outlined how ongoing labour strife could be an issue for the Port of Montreal, leading to a loss of Cargo in the longer term..

JOC posted an article suggesting 50% of Montreal’s cargo volume is Discretionary – shippers are not tied to the port, and use it for convenience sake. Summer whale and Winter ice delays, plus geographical challenges already were cause for concern for Montreal, and now labour issues are added.

After this article ran, one of the Longshore Unions at the port of montreal gave 72 hour strike notice for an indefinite strike, to begin Monday. That means effective tommorw, most terminals are shut down, Causing ships to divert.

A 4 day strike 2 weeks ago caused two MSC Vessels to divert to Halifax, Maersk to call out of Order, and Hapag-Lloyd sent a ship to Saint John NB. Canadian Pacific Railways re-acquisition of the line through Maine seems to be paying off, and CP has simply moved its customers to Saint John. Another Hapag-Llloyd ship called this week in Saint John.

MSC Rochelle arrived in the outer anchorage Saturday – its due at PSA Halifax on the 18th. The wait is required to maintain schedule, as a week is saved by calling in Halifax Vs Montreal.

Maersk Palermo arrived Sunday morning. it usually spends around 6 hours in port. this call the ship is due to sail late Monday afternoon.

Montreal Express and OOCL Belgium also look to be diverting to Halifax, Due on the 11th and 15th respectively. I expect more to divert given the nature of the labour actions.

Noble Regina Allen is Finished.

The Noble Regina Allen has completed plugging the 5 wells of the Deep Panuke Gas field, and has returned to Woodside, alongside the Deep Panuke Production platform. The semi-submersible heavy lift ship GPO Amethyst has sailed from Rotterdam, likely to pickup the Noble Regina Allen and bring her to her next job. GPO Amethyst has an Eta of Aug 31.

NRA Arrived in November 2017, and spent a year plugging the sable Field. It finished that work in Dec 2019, and returned to Halifax for a few months of maintenance, heading out to Deep Panuke in February.

US Coast Guard cutter to make a port visit tomorrow

USCGC Tahoma is due to arrive at the Dockyard tomorrow. This marks the first port visit for a US Government vessel this year. the PCU St. Louis, the latest LCS bypassed traditional stops in Canada on her way out of the great lakes a few weeks ago, and no other US Navy or Coast Guard vessels have stopped in Halifax so far this year.

USCGC Tahoma is based in New Hampshire, and is likely make a stop for provisions.

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