Zim Container Line brought some good news to the Port of Halifax today, along with a new service and a new (to Halifax) ship.
Zim Constanza is the first ship to arrive since Halifax was added to a weekly transatlantic service from Israel to the US. The ship starts in Haifa, then calls in Piraeus, Genoa, Tarragona, Halifax, New York, Savannah, Kingston (Jamaica) and back to Tarragona and Haifa.
Kingston is a major traffic hub for Zim and other lines, and an interchange port for other Zim services. The added tonnage will also be good news for Halterm which lost the eastbound leg of Zim's Asia service last year, leaving one weekly call on Wednesdays westbound for the far east.
Through the fewnce photos of sahips at Halterm are not my favourite form of photo, but they do form useful comparisons. On April 28, 1975 Dart Europe was tied up in about the same place. Although it was a large ship of 30,491 gross tons, it could carry only 1556 TEU. First generation cranes were able to reach all the way across the ship.