Thursday, February 17, 2011

Containers come, containers go

The constant movement of containers in and out of Halifax seems relentless. Almost every day of the week there is one ship or more arriving with containers. Most are in port for eight hours or less (one shift for the longshoremen.)

The ships of Zim Integrated Shipping are among the most regular, with one ship eastbound and one westbound every week. Zim Virginia is typical - one of six sister sips, all built in 2002 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Of 53,453 gross tons, it has a capacity of 4839 TEUs. It is registered in Israel.

Not all ships arrive and depart seamlessly however. Yesterday morning the K Line ship Suez Canal Bridge arrived, but had to put back out to sea for repairs. Apparently there was a malfunction with the hydraulicas for its winches up forward, and so it was not possible to tie up and tension its mooring lines. This may have been due to freezing spray and cold weather. The ship will try again this morning.

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