Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bahri Jeddah

Delivered to the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia on January 9, 2014 by Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan South Korea, Saudi Jeddah is number five of six new ConRos for the line.

It arrived in Halifax for the first time this morning, tying up at pier 31 and dwarfing the surrounding sheds at pier 33-34. I was not an early enough bird to catch it on the way in, but hope for better luck when Bahri Jazan arrives in May. It is the fourth of the series, and was delivered October 29, 2013, but has yet to make an appearance in Halifax.
The last ship in the series, expected to be called Bahri Diriyah is to be delivered by June. The other ships in the series, in order of delivery, Bahri Abha, Bahri Hofuf and Bahri Tabuk have all made visits here. Of the new ships, all except Bahri Jazan share the names of the previous generation of ConRos, which had the prefix Saudi to their names. 


Queen Express

Not a Hapag-Lloyd ship, today's arrival Queen Express was certainly not built for speed, as a container ship would be. It is a typical handy size product tanker, one of the scads of similar ships we are seeing in Halifax now. The only unusual thing about it is that it was built in Japan instead of Korea as the majority of ships of this type. it is also built to a similar appearance as much larger tankers. The flared bow, anchor nacelles, and bridge wing props are typically found on large crude oil tankers.

Queen Express came from the Shin Kurushima Onishi Shipyard in Imabari, Japan in 2009. Its tonnages of 28,054 gross and 45,565 deadweight place in the slightly smaller end of the category which usually has deadweights nearer 50,000 tonnes. It flies the Panama flag and is owned by Fuyo Kaiun of Osaka.
Anchoring in the lower harbor usually signifies a short term stay, so it will likely move alongside soon.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Quiet day in Halifax

There was an eerie calm about Halifax today, with no commercial shipping in the port, with all the piers devoid of working ships.

A quiet Halterm just before Easter Sunday sunrise.

In fact there were only two ships in port (aside from tugs that are based here, and the supplier Scotian Sea in lay up). The research ship Coriolus II lying at the Svitzer Canada  dock and the tanker Algonova peacefully anchored in Bedford Basin.

 Algonova in Bedford Basin, between shuttle runs from Valero to Imperial Oil.

The only arrival scheduled for this date is Oceanex Sanderling for Autoport at midnight to load cars for Newfoundland and due to sail early tomorrow morning..


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cabot to sail tonight

The ConRo Cabot is being pressed back into service after being laid up and sold for scrap. A persistent problem with the new Oceanex Connaigra's controllable pitch prop means that the new ship must be taken out of service again for repairs.
Cabot at pier 9A yesterday, with a provisions box on the dock ready to load supplies with her stores crane.

There has been a flurry of activity aboard Cabot in recent days, including fueling yesterday. This must have been done by truck, although I did not see the operation.
Cabot flying the fueling flag yesterday. A new Canadian flag also appeared, replacing the tattered one that had been on the ship since it last arrival February 3.

It is an amazingly complex process to bring a ship back into service after layup. All its inspections and certifications must be renewed,  the crew must do fire an life boat drills, and scores of other tasks, not to mention storing up supplies and grub. I did hear them test their whistles yesterday. There were also divers down on the ship today and a number of inspectors of various sorts scurrying around. Despite the sale for scrap and a reputed Indian crew on board at one time, the ship's Canadian registration was never closed. It now appears that the sale has been postponed indefinitely.

This evening Cabot is flying the "Blue Peter" signifying an intention to sail. She is due to sail at 2330 HRS.

Oceanex has posted a notice on its web site that after Oceanex Connaigra's April 18 sailing it will be removed from service again, and Cabot will sail from Montreal on April 22. She will certainly have to make good time to get to Montreal that quickly!


NYKCOS auto carrier

NYKCOS is a joint venture between the Chinese state owned COSCO Shipping (COSCOL) (51%) and NYK Line (49%), as the exclusive shipper of Chinese vehicles and machinery. Although rarely seen in North America, China manufactured cars and trucks are exported to many parts of the world.
NYK of Japan has a fleet of 120 vehicle carriers, and the NYKCOS has four ships Read more at:

Today's visitor at Autoport, Yu Heng Xian Feng was built in 1998 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard and Engine Works as Alioth Leader. It was assigned to NYKCOS and renamed in 2013. It measures 53,240 gross tons and has a capacity of 5,140 cars.. It appeared to be unloading Audis this afternoon.

Autoport is still full to overflowing with new cars, but somehow they find room for more, and are continually sending out trainloads.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Busy pier 30-31 Thor Bronco - loading, Zeelandia - unloading

For months now, large white cylinders have been arriving in Halifax by rail and have been collecting on pier 30. Stevedores have loaded them on transfer trailers and parking them in line waiting for shipment.
  Today Thor Bronco arrived to haul them off to Libya.
 The ship had to squeeze its way in to pier 30 around Zeelandia tied up at pier 31 to unload her usual cargo of bagged nickel sulfides from Cuba for Nirint Shipping.
In a very stiff breeze, and with the aid of two tugs, the ship was soon alongside.

Once it had offloaded its pontoon type hatch covers, loading got underway, using the ship's own 45 tonne crane.

Thor Bronco was built in 2008 by Donfeng Ship Industry of Chongqing, China as FCC Pioneer. It was renamed BBC Pioneer the same year, and in 2010 adopted its current name. It is operated by Internaut Shipping of Limassol, Cyprus, but with headquarters in Bremen. It flies the Antigua and Barbuda flag. Tonnages for the ship are 6,569 gross, 8,090 deadweight.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Algoma Dartmouth - long weekend in New York

With many people off for a long Easter weekend, most ships continue to ply their usual routes. Not Algoma Dartmouth. This afternoon the harbour bunkering tanker sailed for New York.

Algoma Dartmouth on her normal route, transiting the Narrows, passing the laid up Cabot, on her way to National Gypsum to bunker Pioneer  April 11, 2014.

The ship has only left Halifax once before during its nearly five years here. Built in 2007 by Yardimci Gemi Insa SA, Tuzla, Turkey, the 2,999 grt / 3569 dwt tanker has carried three previous names. It waa launched with yard name Yardimci 41. On delivery it was renamed Crescent Bardolino and in 2006 Clipper Bardolino. It became Samistal Due in 2008, under the Maltese flag. Arriving in Halifax July 14, 2009, it operated originally as a non-duty paid, Canadian flag ship under a coasting license, and was confined to Halifax harbour.
With the change in import tariffs, Algoma Marine brought the tanker into full ownership and flag. In January 2013 the ship sailed to Shelburne, NS for a brief drydocking and refit, but otherwise has been in Halifax continuosly.
This trip to New York is therefore a rare occurrence, but may become more common as  the availability of bunkering fuel in Canada becomes more difficult.Since Sterling Fuels took over a supplier of bunker fuel in Halifax,(and charterer of Algoma Dartmouth) earlier this year, it must source the stuff in the Great Lakes/St.Lawrence area or the US east coast, if it does not acquire the product from Irving Oil or Valero.