Sunday, March 10, 2013

Halifax back to normal

The port re-opened for business this morning when it became safe to board pilots at the pilot station off Chebucto Head. Maersk Patras and  Zim Rio Grande arrived for Halterm and OOCL Shanghai.for Fairview Cove, and Zim Barcelona and Fusion sailed from anchor, the latter not until 1300 due to concerns about its low freeboard and pilot safety.
Also the bulker Wadi Alarab, a gearless Panamax ship  arrived at pier 27-28 to load grain. Owned by the National Navigation Co of Cairo  (see ) it appears to be a hard bitten piece of work despite its fairly recent age.

Built in 2005 by Daewoo's yard in Geoje South Korea, it measures 37,500 gross tons and 64,214 deadweight tonnes. Since Egypt lies very low on the Paris MOU list, I expect it will receive lots of attention from the Steamship inspectors. The Paris MOU list rates state flags for incidence of detentions per inspection and Egypt is fifth from the bottom, with only Viet Nam, Cook Islands, Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines below it.

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