Thursday, May 28, 2015

Slim pickings

It was slim pickings in the harbour today, as compared to yesterday, and due to various timing conflicts it was only possible to catch one ship underway, and that was the autocarrier Torino sailing from Autoport.

Torino strikes out for sea late this afternoon.

Owned by Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carriers through its Southampton office, the ship flies the British flag and sails for the combined Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines. It was built in 2009 by Mitsubishi, Nagasaki and is 61,328 grt and 22,160 dwt.

There will be two departures after dark from Imperial Oil. Irving Oil's Acadian from number 3 dock and STI Texas City from number 4.
With the George's Island's jetty in the foreground, STI Texas City is in the last stages of unloading. Acadian, just astern, will also finish up tonight.

The aptly named STI Texas City works for Scorpio Ship Managwement of Monaco and flies the Marshall Islands flag. It was built in 2014 by SPP Shipbuilding Co of Sacheon, South Korea, and rings in at 29,732 grt, 49,990 dwt. It will go to anchor over night before sailing in the morning.

STI Texas City, shortly after arriving at Imperial Oil on May 25.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Triple Header in the South End

It was a busy time late this afternoon with one ship sailing and two arriving.Zim Alabama sailed from Halterm, looking nearly full.

Zim Alabama flies the Marshal Islands flag, and is operated by Rickmers Ship Management (Singapore) Ltd. It has a capacity of 4256 TEU, and measures 40,542 grt, 50,158 dwt, and was built in 2010 by Jiangsu Yangeijiang Shipyard in Jiangyin, China.

It took the western deep water channel outbound allowing Bahri Hofuf the full width of the eastern channel to meet up with its tugs.

The impressive Bahri Hofuf made its first call in Halifax  November 13, 2013 after delivery by Hyundai Mipo in May of that year.It measures 50,714 grt and is a multi-purpose ConRo, heavy lift ship. It tied up at pier 31 where it loaded construction machinery, to add to its deckload of ambulances.

Following inbound was the more lightly loaded Zim Beijing

Zim Beijing is also a Hyundai product, but came from the Samho yard in 2005. Launched as E.R.Beijing it was renamed to take up its charter with Zim. At 54,626 grt, 66,939 dwt, it has a capacity of 5047 TEU

including 450 reefers.
First operators were E.R.Schiffahrts, not a part of part of the Rickmers Group, E.R. standing for Eric Rickmers, a son of Bertram Rickmers, who struck out on his own. However earlier this year the ship passed to another German company Atlantic Lloyd Shipmanagement.


Pearl Mist - half day visit

The Halifax-built mini-cruise ship Pearl Mist made a half day visit to pier 22 today, sailing over the noon hour.

The ship went into service for the first time in 2013 after several years of layup during litigation between owner and builder.

The ship's next port of call is Pictou, NS, a port that never sees large cruise ships due to limited depth of water. The ship will call in Pictou eight times this year, and this will be the first. (They had expected ten calls, but the first two, planned for earlier in the season, were never confirmed.) Pearl Mist called in Pictou once in 2013 and twice in 2014.


Bochem Mumbai inspection

The chemical tanker Bochem Mumbai anchored for Asian gyspy moth inspection this morning. The ship is truly international in its ownership and operating structure. Built in 2010 by Hachinohe, Japan as Siva Mumbai, for a subsidiary of the Cie Maritime Belge [CMB]of Antwerp, Siva Bocimar Chemical, based in Singapore. In 2013 it moved to Michina Marina SA of Hong Kong, raised the Hong Kong flag and changed to its current name.  However CMB BV chartered the ship back in some fashion and then placed it under the commercial management of Hansa Tankers of Bergen, Norway.

The ship is built with stainless steel tanks, allowing it to carry IMO Type II and Type III chemicals (a group of 17 chemicals that pose environmental risks - Type I are the most dangerous). The ship measures 19,968 grt, 33,636 dwt, and rates as a large ship among chemical carriers, which usually transport relatively small quantities of individual chemicals, but may carry several different chemicals at the same time.

Interesting: As Bochem Mumbai leaves Halifax for Saint John, it will pass the tanker Sichem Mumbai heading for the St.Lawrence River.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

CSL and minerals

Canada Steamship Lines and its affiliate CSL International  have a large fleet of self-unloading ships to carry a variety of bulk cargoes. Today there were two CSL ships in Halifax, one from each side of the equation.

Atlantic Huron backs away from pier 26, and despite sounding its horn, at least two pleasure craft dared to cross the ship's track. 
Atlantic Huron, a member of the domestic fleet, completed unloading a cargo of grain (likely corn) and sailed for Lower Cove, Newfoundland. Located on the Port au Port Peninsula, Lower Cove is the shipping point for Atlantic Minerals Ltd, a large producer of limestone and dolomite, essential ingredients in steel and cement making and other industries. Two links will provide some idea of the vast scale of reserves in the area.

Despite the ship's somewhat rugged appearance, it has freshly painted white forecastle, and the flat sides down to the belt line. The tapered portions of bow and stern are next. The red hull colour is traditional for CSL's domestic fleet.

CSL Tacoma, as a member of the international fleet CSL Americas, has a black hull. It has just boarded its pilot and is working its way in.

Inbound was CSL Tacoma (the ships passed each other out beyond the pilot station), heading to National Gyspum to load a cargo for the USA. It arrived in ballast from the Norfolk area, which is unusual - the ship often delivers coal to Caper Breton, and also loads aggregates there. It is one of the new series of ships built in China for CSL called the Trillium class.

CSL Tacoma was keeping to the east side of the channel, to give room for the outbound Maersk Penang.

With pilot aboard, Maersk Penang makes its way to the pilot disembarking area, about a mile or so farther out.

Once clear of the outbound ship, the CSL Tacoma has the channel to itself.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Roundup

The officially renamed Fundy Rose was turned at Pier 9B this afternoon. The ship's port side has been repainted from the shoreside after the installation of new liferaft launching equipment. It will now be the turn for portions of the starboard side.

Fundy Rose comes off the pier, showing the 'blisters" on the hull for the liferaft system.

The ship's former name, Blue Star Ithaki will be burned off bow and stern and the liferaft gear will be installed before repainting. Sadly it appears that the ship's new name will only be painted on - no steel letters welded on. Also yet to come will be the Bay Ferries logo.

The ship is still carrying the temporary name Canada 2014 on its starboard bow and stern, and the old liferaft system.
The ship did not use its own engines for the move, but did have a working bow thruster, and the tugs Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Willow provided the power. The ships auxiliary engines were also running to to provide power to the mooring winches.

The ship's bow thruster exerts considerable force.

 Now bow south, the ship is nearly back alongside.

 Atlantic Huron, looking fairly rugged, works off its cargo at pier 26.

At pier 26, Atlantic Huron was unloading the first grain cargo of the season since the St.Lawrence Seaway opened. The veteran self-unloader has been an off and on visitor with grain and to load gypsum for many years.

Forklifts haul away the cargo of bagged nickel concentrate.

Meanwhile at the other deepwater piers, there was more activity. HC Melina at pier 31 was unloading bagged nickel concentrate from Cuba for Nirint Shipping. A newcomer to Halifax, the ship was built in 2011 as Flinterschelde by Ben Kien Shipyard in Haiphong, Viet Nam. It joined IMM Shipping of Germany in 2011 and took its present name. The ship measures 6577 grt, 9120 dwt, has a capacity of 505 TEU and carries a pair of 80 tonne cranes that can work in combination for 160 tonne lifts.

At pier 36 all was quiet aboard Sina, which arrived last night for Melfi Lines. After its last arrival April 11, it went back out to sea to exchange ballast  water.

This time it appears to be in ballast, with no cargo. Melfi had Helene J. here on Tuesday, so there may not be much cargo for this ship. In any event it is not scheduled to sail until May 27.

Fusion has its pilot aboard and is about to weigh anchor.

Yesterday pier 36 was occupied by Fusion on its regular St-Pierre et Miquelon run. It went to anchor overnight and sailed this morning.

Nolhanava in the foreground, with Algoma Dartmouth at pier 33 in the background.

Meanwhile its replacement Nolhanava ex Shamrock is still at pier 34, with some maintenance work going on, but no indication of when it will actually go into service. It still carries the Thien and Hyenga funnel markings of its previous managers. I expect that to change, and its name too, before it enters service.


USS Virginia

 Attended by CNAV Glenside and several small craft, USS Virginia has passed Meagher's Beach inbound. A 200 meter exclusion zone was declared around the sub during its transit.

The submarine USS Virginia SSN-744 arrived this morning and tied up at Shearwater, Jetty November Alpha. The lead vessel of the Virginia-class of nuclear submarines was laid down September 2, 1999,and launched August 16, 2003 by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT. It was commissioned October 23, 2004 and is also based in Groton. It completed a 20 month overhaul in March 2012.

 There is quite a crowd gathered on the sub's conning tower, including a civilian pilot from the Atlantic Pilotage Authority

As it nears Ives Knoll, the deck crew emerges. The pup tugs Listerville and Granville were waiting to assist in berthing at Shearwater.