Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cypress Galaxy - inspection visit.

1. Cypress Galaxy has her starboard anchor cleared and ready as she passes up west of George's Island this morning. The ship had anchored off Halifax for a time before coming in to port.

The Panama flag, Japanese owned chemical product tanker Cypress Galaxy made a brief stop in Halifax today en route to Belledune, NB. Operated by Tokyo Marine Ltd, the a Mitsui OSK Line subsidiary, it is one of 41 deep sea and 14 short sea tankers in the fleet.
Built in 2007 it measures 12,104 gross tons and 19,998 deadweight.
The purpose of the visit was a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection, which took about on hour. Presumably CFIA has no inspectors in Belledune and thus the call in Halifax.
The ship is a typical "plain vanilla" Japanese tanker, the only notable thing about the ship was that she appeared to be in ballast. Most tankers of this type carry several types of chemicals at a time and usually have some cargo aboard.
2. It would be well for this ship to stay clear of ice with that highly exposed rudder. Ships built for ice would have an ice knife and closely fitting rudder so that broken ice would not become jammed in damage the assembly. However the ship is bound for Belledune and is likely to encounter some ice.

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