Grab fitted log bulk carriers are rare sights in Halifax! Therefore yesterday morning's arrival of Genco Pioneer was a bit unusual. The Handysize vessel of 29,952 deadweight tonnes was built in 1999 and measures 18,036 gross tons. It is owned by the New York based Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd (an NYSE listed company of some 59 ships.) Nevertheless it is flagged in Hong Kong, managed by Wallem Ship Management of Hong Kong, and operates under the umbrella of the Danish JL Lauritzen company.
I suspect that the ship has a mechanical problem, since its arrival was very slow, and the tug Atlantic Willow took up a stern escort position for transiting the Narrows. It will anchor in Bedford Basin. There also appeared to be a boat load of technicians or inspectors waiting to board.
The ship is clearly in ballast, and was last reported heading for Teneriffe. The ship is fitted with large stanchions on deck to restrain deck loads of logs, a type of cargo more usually loaded on the west coast of North America.
For pictures of her at anchor in the Basin - see Cap'n Ken's blog - link on the left of this page under "My Faves".
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