Zim Alabama flies the Marshal Islands flag, and is operated by Rickmers Ship Management (Singapore) Ltd. It has a capacity of 4256 TEU, and measures 40,542 grt, 50,158 dwt, and was built in 2010 by Jiangsu Yangeijiang Shipyard in Jiangyin, China.
It took the western deep water channel outbound allowing Bahri Hofuf the full width of the eastern channel to meet up with its tugs.
The impressive Bahri Hofuf made its first call in Halifax November 13, 2013 after delivery by Hyundai Mipo in May of that year.It measures 50,714 grt and is a multi-purpose ConRo, heavy lift ship. It tied up at pier 31 where it loaded construction machinery, to add to its deckload of ambulances.
Following inbound was the more lightly loaded Zim Beijing.
Zim Beijing is also a Hyundai product, but came from the Samho yard in 2005. Launched as E.R.Beijing it was renamed to take up its charter with Zim. At 54,626 grt, 66,939 dwt, it has a capacity of 5047 TEU
First operators were E.R.Schiffahrts, not a part of part of the Rickmers Group, E.R. standing for Eric Rickmers, a son of Bertram Rickmers, who struck out on his own. However earlier this year the ship passed to another German company Atlantic Lloyd Shipmanagement.