The first ship to arrive in Halifax due the Montreal port shut-down is shown entering port this morning - less than 24 hours after the Port of Montreal locked out its longshoremen.
The ship is the familiar Cabot - the same ship shown in the Shipfax masthead. Cabot normally operates between Montreal and St.John's NL, for Oceanex Inc. The ship sailed from St.John's, but was re-routed to Halifax when the lock-out was announced and will unload here. She will then be forced to wait for outbound cargo, until it arrives by road or rail from Montreal.
Oceanex operates three ships to Newfoundland. Ocean Sanderling, running from Halifax to St. John's, Corner Brook and back to Halifax, Cabot, and Oceanex Avalon also running from Montreal.
Cabot is a familiar sight in Halifax nonetheless, because she used to be the Halifax ship before Oceanex Sanderling was acquired. She has also filled in for Sanderling during refits and has been diverted here due to ice.
Built as Cavallo in 1979 by Smith's Dock in Middlesbrough, England, she was rebuilt and lengthened in 1995.