1. Jade C at pier 27, with hatches open and aft crane at work unloading rail. (January 17 photo)
Arriving January 16 the Jade C has a load of new rail for CN. The railway line has been spending around $ 1 bn per year for the last few years on upgrading its infrastructure of tracks, road bed and bridges. Much of the new rail has come in through Halifax from rolling mills in in Europe.
Jade C was built as Jade-C for the Carisbrooke Shipping group by the Damen Hoogezand Shipyard. In 2009 the hyphen was dropped but ownership remained with Jade C GmbH of Germany, and management with Carisbrooke Shipping Management GmbH of Leer, Germany. The ship is registered in Douglas, Isle of Man. It is a multi-purpose general cargo ship of 7767 gross tons, 10,684 deadweight tonnes, and fitted with two 80 tonne cranes, and variety of tween decks and moveable grain bulkheads. It can carry 665 TEUs. It has pontoon type hatches which are lifted with a small traveling gantry (called an iron deck-hand on Great Lakes ships.).
Carisbrooke has become a sizeable company, now with 71 ships in its fleet.
On its first visit to Halifax in April 2005, the ship loaded tunnel boring equipment.