Monday, March 21, 2011

First and Second Bulkers

1. Izara Princess in Halifax for bunkers 2009-02-08.

The first bulker to arrive for bunkers today was Nordic Barents. It now flies the Hong Kong flag, but is owned and managed out of Denmark by Bidsted & Co:

It has called in Halifax before as Izara Princess (see above) in 2009. It was built in 2005 as Federal Baffin, named for the arctic explorer (and after whom the Bay and Island were named.) It was built to navigate in ice, and ran for Fednav Ltd, often sailing to the Saguenay River with bauxite for Alcan. It is due at La Baie March 22.

Built by Daewoo Heavy Industries in Goeje, South Korea, it is a vessel of 27,078 gross tons, 43,732 tonnes deadweight and is fitted with four cranes of 25 tonnes capacity and carries clamshell buckets to work cargo.

Unfortunately for this visit it arrived over night and sailed before sunup this morning.

2. Federal Franklin underway for sea.

3. Federal Franklin at anchor this morning.

The second bulker to arrive today for bunkers was Federal Franklin. It is named for the famous arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, and as you would expect it is reinforced for navigation in ice.

Built in 2008 by Onoshima Shipbuilding, it measures 30,721 gross tons and 55,400 deadweight tonnes. It is owned by Mi-Das Line c/o Doun KK of Japan and is on charter to Fednav. It carries four cranes and clamshells for working cargo. It flies the flag of Panama, and is en route Hamburg to La Baie, QC.

La Baie (formerly Port Alfred) is primarily a port for Rio Tinto-Alcan and Fednav has been the major shipper for Alcan for many years. At one time Alcan had its own shipping company, but when it was finally wound up, Fednav bought the ships and operated them under charter. Fednav is now getting some competition (see following post on Nordpol.)

This is the second ship to carry the name for Fednav. The first Federal Franklin, built in 2005 is a sister to the first ship shown above and is now sailing as Nordic Bothnia.

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