Saturday, April 17, 2010

Nona Bulker in for bunkers

The bulk carrier Nona Bulker is shown arriving last evening. The ship is owned in Singapore by the Danish Lauritzen group, and was built in 2009. She took bunkers and sailed this morning.

Lauritzen were the pioneers of winter navigation on the St.Lawrence in the 1960s and were regular callers in Halifax for many years, when they operated general cargo ships.

For the last number of years they have concentrated on reefers and bulkers.

Lauritzen's Helga Dan won three gold headed canes from the Port of Montreal for first arrivals: Mar 12, 1962, January 4, 1964 and January 1, 1965. Their Thora Dan arrived February 28, 1963. They were the first ships ever to arrive in Montreal in February and January. Ever since then, the Port of Montreal has been considered a year round port, with every first arrival of the year registered on January 1.

Helga Dan is shown here arriving at pier 9 on October 2, 1969 with cargo for the Volvo assembly plant. She was built in 1957 and was broken up in 1982.

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