Saturday, June 23, 2018

Bright Sun Woes

Everyone is enjoying bright summer sun, except those of us trying to take photos from the Halifax side of the harbour.

EM Kea arrived a little later than the crack of dawn, and after it tied up around 0900 the reason became apparent.

All Halterm's cranes were busy working on the earlier arrival, APL Houston, which picked up its pilot at 0430 hrs. At some pojt during the day, some of thecranes moved away from the 9200 TEU APL shiup to the 3108 TEU EM Kea.

Later morning with the sun nearly overhead, it was even more challenging.

 From the Herring Cove look-off, I wasn't the only ship watcher.

Elandra Oak was first of two arrivals, and proceeded in for Irving Oil Woodside. This is the ship's second call in Halifax. The first was November 14, 2016 when it docked at Valéro, Eastern Passage.
The 29,737 grt, 49,999 dwt tanker was built in 2016 by SPP Shipbuilding Co in Sacheon. It is indirectly owned by the Latvian Shipping Company.

Next along was K-Line's Euphrates Highway. It is a 59,447 grt, 18,668 dwt auto carrier built in 2012 by Imabari Zosen in Marugame. Sources indicate a car capacity of 6,215 CEU.

There was another K-Line ship in port too, but this one a container ship.

 Brevik Bridge has been a regular caller since it initiated THE Alliance's Transatlantic Loop 6 in April 2017. It is a 4526 TEU ship of 46,444 grt, 58,200 dwt . Registered in Hong Kong with Xiangcheng Shanghai Ship as registered owners, it is owned by Seaspan International and is on a 12 year charter to K-Line with two 3-year options. Now that K-Line has merged its container operations with MOL and NYK it will be interesting to see if the ship's livery changes or if it switched to another other route.

Whether as a result of the merger or not the once familiar NYK Terra has been sold.

NYK Terra built in 2008, 76,928 grt, 80,282 dwt, 6661 TEU (including 460 reefers) fetched US$25mn in a recent sale to Singapore owners. If the Hyundai Ulsan built ship is on charter to K-Line, the change of ownership may not be significant - it may stay within the new Ocean Network Express (ONE).


Friday, June 22, 2018

Viking Destiny and Oborishte

The auto carrier Viking Destiny arrived this morning in calm and clear conditions. This is very different from its first scheduled arrival March 7 when it was held off the port for two days due to weather. It finally entered March 9 and sailed later the same day.

The ship was built for Gram Car Cariers in 2017 by Jiangsu Jinling and has a capacity of 6700 CEU, measuring 62,105 grt, 18,500 dwt. Gram is a Norwegian company, with offices in Singapore, and about 22 ships time chartered to other carriers. The ships are managed by OSM Ship Management, another Norwegian company. Many of Gram's executives once worked for Hoegh, a major Norwegian car carrier owner.

On sailing this afternoon, its blue hull was much more visible in direct sunlight.

A ship that arrived Monday sailed this afternoon after topping off a cargo of grain. Oborishte flying the flag of Malta, operates for Navigation Maritime Bulgare, but does not have the usual putty coloured superstructure of state owned Bulgarian ships.

It was built in 2010 by Wuhu Xinlian and is optimized for the St.Lawrence Seaway at 662' loa x 77'04" breadth (the maximum allowed width) and 20,491 grt, 29,720 dwt. It carries three 30 tonne cranes.
The original German owners named the ship Luebbert under Intersee management. That was changed in 2014 when Marconsult became managers,  becoming Marbioko. The ship came under NMB management in 2106 and took its present name (that of a Bulgarian village). All three owners were single ship companies using the ship's name, so may in fact have been one in the same.

The ship's departure today marks the end of a lengthy odyssey in Canadian waters. It arrived in the Sorel anchorages below Montreal on April 21. It was placed in detention there for two days until deficiencies identified by Port State Control were rectified.

It was not until April 28-29 that it passed upbound through the St.Lawrence Seaway. Its destination was Oshawa, ON, but the ship went to the Port Weller anchorages in western Lake Ontario and remained there until May 14, when it finally reached Oshawa to unload. It then returned to the Port Weller anchorages May 18 where it languished until June 11 when it moved to nearby Hamilton to load. Once that was completed it sailed June 14,  passed down the Seaway directly for Halifax arriving June 18.

Two months is a long time in shipping terms, and cannot have been a profitable experience.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It was a day of contrasts, both in colour but also in style.

The Portuguese naval training barque Sagres got underway after a three day visit at Pier 24. [see also Tugfax]. There was enough wind that the ship's sails were actually drawing after it made a turn in the harbour before setting out to sea.

 Sagres puts to sea passing George's Island.
Note the CCG helicopter next to the lighthouse.

When Sagres was here for Tall Ships 2009, it put on a real show under full sail.
Sagres passing the reviewing stand for the Parade of Sail.

A more utilitarian vessel arrived late this afternoon in bright red paint (hence the contrast in the title).  Polar Prince, the former CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert made the headlines last year when it circumnavigated North America as part of the Canada C3 expedition.It returned to Lunenburg from that voyage where it spent the winter.

The ship still looks very trim despite being built in 1959.

The ship's extreme icebreaker bow was built by Halifax Shipyard and installed during a refit in 1984-85.

Thrusters powered by engines in the forepeak, and exhausted through the legs of the goal post mast, push the ship sideways toward Pier 9A in a stiff breeze.

Enter "Polar Prince" in the Search box to the left for several previous posts on this ship.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Paul E., not Paul R. Martin

CSL has two ships with the name Paul Martin. The one that visits Halifax from time to time is the  Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin named for the former Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006, Paul Edgar Philippe Martin (b.1938). Prior to that he was the owner of CSL, but divested his interest to his three sons under public pressure.

The ship named for him was built in 2012 at Chengxi Shipyard, Jiangyin City and is a Trillium class vessel, but of the deep sea version. (There is also a Great Lakes version). It is a self unloading bulk carrier of 43,691 grt, 71,406 dwt and was built to then Panamax dimensions.

Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin arrived in Halifax this morning to load gypsum, its second visit this month. The ship is owned by CSL Americas , one of several offshore divisions of CSL Group.

The other CSL ship is named for Paul Joseph James Martin (b.1903, d. 1992) the father of Paul E. Martin, and a long time Canadian politician. The ship named for him is called Rt.Hon. Paul J. Martin and was built in 1973 at Collingwood, ON as H.M.Griffith a 22,775 grt self-unloader to maximum Seaway dimensions of 730' x 75'. It was named for an executive of the Steel Company of Canada (Stelco) a long time client of CSL.

H.M.Griffith downbound in the Interpool between the Eisenhower and Snell Locks in the US section of the St.Lawrence Seaway. The stretch of water is known officially as the Wiley-Dondero Ship Canal.

 At 75' wide the ship was already a tight squeeze in the 80' wide Seaway Locks

In 2000 the ship was rebuilt at Port Weller Dry Docks with a new bow and cargo section to take advantage of revised Seaway maximum dimensions, emerging with a measurement of  739-07" x 77'-11" and 23,989 grt. Its Seaway-draft cargo capacity is 37,694 tonnes. At that time it was renamed  Rt. Hon. Paul J. Martin.

 With the new width, the ship has a lot more scrapes on the hull. The ship is upbound in ballast.

In 2013 its original Manchester-built Pielstick engine was removed and replaced with a new generation MaK/ Caterpillar. The ship is confined to the Great Lakes and St.Lawrence and portions of the Gulf St.Lawrence, and cannot venture out to sea. It is owned CSL Group Inc and operates in the domestic fleet, still known in most circles as Canada Steamship Lines..

The ship's extra width was faired into the existing stern section's plating and is barely noticeable.

Have the two ships ever met? That is a question I cannot answer. The logical place for that to happen would be in Sydney, NS, where both could deliver cargoes of coal.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Big Bulker - Golden Amreen

The big bulker Golden Amreen emerged from the fog and anchored in number one anchorage area at noon time. The ship will undergo Canadian Food Inspection Agent inspection for Asian Gypsy Moth before sailing later this afternoon.

The ship wold have been considered to be Capesize, with measurements of 93,464 grt, 179,337 deadweight. Ships of this size were too large to transit either the Suez or Panama Canals. However improvements at both facilities mean that this ship could use the canals depending on its load status. At 292m x 45m it fits the neo Panamax dimensions of 366m x 49m. It would also be able to transit the Suez Canal, even at loaded draft. However I can find no record of it having passed either waterway on this trip, so may well have sailed via the Cape of Good Hope.

It was built in 2015 by Sungdong in Tongyeong as Q Amreen for Quintana Shipping, but was sold and renamed Golden Amreen 2017.  [Amreen = Sky].
It is now part of the 70 ship plus fleet of the Golden Ocean Group. Golden Ocean is the Norway based, Bermuda registered publicly traded corporation that was demerged from John Frederiksen's Frontline Group in 2004. Frederiksen is reported to hold about 40% of the company indirectly.

The ship's last port is given as Krishnapatnam, India. That tells me it is likely headed to Port Cartier, QC to load iron ore product from ArcelorMittal Mining Canada. ArcellorMittal produces both pellets and concentrate to ship from Port Cartier.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rare caller - regular caller

It has been a while since a Maersk Line Ltd USA ship has called in Halifax. These ships, flying the US flag, normally sail past Halifax en route from the mid and far east via the Med to the US east coast on the MECL1 service- essentially the old Sea-Land route.
Maersk Atlanta, today's arrival, is one of 11 ships on the run, all of  6188 TEU.

Maersk Atlanta was built as Maersk Kowloon in 2006 by Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co Ltd in Busan. It measures 74,642 grt, 84,500 dwt. It was brought into the US fleet in 2013 when it was renamed.

Regular caller YM Evolution successfully wove its way through pleasure craft in the Narrows to reach Fairview Cove this afternoon.Sunny warm summer weather and a good breeze - a perfect recipe for sailing.

YM Evolution is one of four 4662 TEU ships on what is also ACL's AL1 transatlantic service with THE Alliance.

Sail Ho

Although there is no scheduled Tall Ships event in Halifax this year, there have been events in Philadelphia and Boston, and one of the participants is making a return visit to Halifax. The Portuguese naval training vessel Sagres arrived this morning and tied up at Pier 24.

Sagres is the third ship of the name in the Portuguese navy, but was built for the German navy in 1937 and was awarded to Brazil following World War II. It moved to Portugal in 1961 and has called in Halifax several times since the 1984 Tall Ships event.

 Docking assistance was provided by the RCN pup tugs. Listerville and Merrickville wearing white covers over their bow fenders.

While Sagrès was arriving Bluenose II was getting away for a harbour tour. The schooner will be in Halifax until June 20. After that it will be visiting numerous other Nova Scotia ports until late August when it is off to Boston and Gloucester. Its next stay in Halifax will be September 16 to 21.