On March 11, 2000 they claimed the distinction of having the first container ship named for the port to call here. Ignoring of course the two previous Melfi Halifax ships, because they were technically general cargo ships carrying containers.
MSC's choice was intended to flatter Halifax, and perhaps it was a good thing that Halifax was polite enough to acknowledge the compliment without looking too closely to at the ship. In typical MSC fashion, they had chartered a 26 year old ship, which had previously belonged to their arch competitor Maersk, and gave it a new name.
Brigit Maersk was a caller in Halifax in 1995.
MSC Halifax had seen better days by 2000.
Point Halifax assists MSC Halifax to its berth for its first call in its new namesake port.
The MSC service to Halifax was short lived* and so was the ship. It was beached in Alang, India January 29, 2002 and promptly scrapped.
MSC Halifax anchored in Halifax.
* MSC ran its service to Halifax from January 22, 2000 to December 14, 2001. It then concentrated on Montreal as their Canadian port, and arranged with ACL for local area service here. They have since added Saint John, NB.
MSC Halifax made few actual calls to Halifax - it was reassigned to other routes after July 25, 2000.