Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The shape of things to come?

1. Santa Carolina outbound, on course to pass east of George's Island.

A strange container ship in at Fairview Cove today: Santa Carolina, German flag, built in 2000 and with a capacity of 3430 TEU. The ship is fitted with four 45 tonne cranes, indicating that it is a feeder type ship, perhaps trading to smaller ports.

The unusual part is that she was carrying almost exclusively MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) containers. MSC is not a regular caller in Halifax. They did call here during the Montreal lockout in the summer, but that was a temporary arrangement. Their ships pass here on the way to and from Montreal going to/from their Caribbean hub in Freeport, Bahamas, so it would make sense to drop in from time to time.

Perhaps they have decided to come here more often.

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