Friday, October 4, 2013

Westerkade for Eimskip

The Icelandic shipping company Eimskip is a regular caller in Halifax as part of a Scotland/Iceland/Newfoundland/Nova Scotia/New England, service. At present it has two ships, Skogafoss and Westerkade on the route.
Westerkade arrived in Halifax today for the first time. The hull of the ship was built in 2000 by Brodotrogir of Trogir, Croatia and completed by Casssens in Emden, Germany. As its name would imply, the ship is Dutch owned by Reider Shipping BV of Winschoten, but that company is a subsidiary of the Herman Buss Gmbh + Co of Leer, Germany It is flagged in Antigua and Barbuda.
The ship measures 7541 gross tons, 83460 deadweight, and carries two 40 tonne cranes. Its container capacity is 721 TEU (including 1200 refrigerated.). The ship features an offset superstructure, with cranes and funnels mounted on the port side and accommodation toward the starboard side.
The ship has only recently joined Eimskip, and has previously been used as a feeder ship in the Caribbean and South America.

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