Although there have been two chemical tankers at the Imperial Oil former refinery since it stopped refining on September 16, tonight's departure is probably the first ship to bring in refined product from overseas.
The Liberian flag Teatralny Bridge is a familiar ship in eastern North America, since it has called in Saint John, Point Tupper and various other tanker ports.
Built in 2006 by the Admiralty Shipyard in St.Petersburg, Russia (and named for an ornate bridge in that city) it is operated by SCF Unicom, the Cyprus based arm of Sovcomflot, one of the former USSR state shipping companies. Now with a fleet of 97 vessels, mostly tankers, its ships trade world wide.
A product tanker of 27,725 gross tons and 46,697 deadweight tonnes, Teatralny Bridge is bound for Saint John in ballast. There it will load refined product for export.
Meanwhile the tanker Alpine Loyalty has been anchored off Halifax for a week awaiting its coasting license before loading 120,000 bbls of unrefined crude from Imperial which it will deliver to either Saint John, the Portland, ME pipeline to Montreal or other Canadian refineries. The crude was left over at Imperial when refining ceased.