Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Halifax Express - first visit with new name

1. Halifax Express passes west of George's Island inbound.

2. The ship's name appears in Greek on the stern.

Halifax Express arrived this morning for Hapag-Lloyd for the first time with that name. Until January 1 the ship had carried the name New York Express, but was renamed to free up the name for a new ship.

Owned by the Greek firm Costamare, the ship has been on charter to Hapag-Lloyd since it was built in 2000 at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. It has a capacity of 4,890 TEU and a gross tonnage of 54,437.

It is not unheard of for shipping companies to recognize Halifax in their naming schemes, but there has not been a container ship since Melfi Lines recognized the port with Melfi Halifax in 2004.

There have been numerous Canadian ships with the name recently, including HMCS Halifax, the now strike bound ferry Halifax III , the tug Point Halifax (no longer based in Halifax) and CSL bulk carrier Halifax which went for scrap last year.

In the 1960s Bibby Lines' Halifax City was a regular caller until superseded by container ships in 1972.



  1. Speaking of the tug Point Halifax, Transport Canada shows that tug as being owned by McKeil Marine of Hamilton.

  2. Wow-you certainly scooped me on that one!
    Thank you very much!