One of the four ships that originated the Maersk / CMA CGM transatlantic service calling in Halifax eastbound has come to the end of its working life and has been sold for scrap to
Built in 1998 by the Kvaerner Warnow Werft Nordic Yards in Travemunde, the 31,333 grt, 37,842 dwt ship has a capacity of 2890 TEU (including 400 reefers). Originally called P+O Nedlloyd Sydney the ship joined the Maersk fleet following the P+O Nedlloyd takeover and was renamed Maersk Pembroke in 2006.
When Maersk, with CMA CGM started the transatlantic service running Rotterdam / Antwerp/ Le Havre / Montreal / Bremerhaven, Maersk Pembroke was NOT one of the original quartet of Maersk ships, but was added in 2010 when Halifax was added to the port rotation. Maersk Patras was re-assigned in May 2014 and replaced by a CMA CGM ship.(It suffered a fire off the Azores in November 2016 ). Maersk Palermo and Maersk Penang remain on the service, with EM Kea and whatever ship will replace Maersk Pembroke (
Maersk Pembroke has had a number of propulsion related issues since 2015, when it arrived off Halifax January 26 two days late and required three tugs to reach its berth. Earlier this year it suffered a broken cam shaft and was out of service until June.
Then on August 21 a fire in the engine room caused severe damage while the ship was in the Celitc Sea en route to Montreal. It was towed back to Rotterdam where it was decided that it was not worth repairing.