Thursday, March 7, 2013
Nordpol - tangled with ice
The bulker Nordpol arrived this morning in very light condition and tied up at pier 31. The ship had discharged a cargo of bauxite at La Baie, on the icy Saguenay River, and proceeded directly to Halifax where it was met by divers. They were soon at work on the stern of the ship, hinting at rudder or propeller damage, incurred in the ice.
The ship was built in 2002 by Kanasashi Heavy Industries in Toyohashi, Japan, and is a bulk carrier of 40,066 gross tons, 77,195 deadweight tonnes, of the Panamax type. It is part of a large fleet operated by the Danish company Norden http://www.ds-norden.com/
The company operates more than sixty Panamaxes and numerous other ships of varying sizes. Most are gearless, but this ship carries four 30 tonne cranes with grab buckets for loading or unloading bulk cargoes.