Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fednav calling

Fednav ships were once common sights in Halifax, but they have become rare in recent years for a number of reasons. They rarely call here for bunkers anymore, so that ceretainly cut down on numbers.
They also used to bring in coils of steel tire cores for Nova Scotia's three Michelin tire plants. That cargo now comes in containers, rather than in bulk.
Despite being Canada's largest shipping company, all but a handful of its ships are foreign flagged, and they are on dedicated services, so we would rarely see any domestic calls.
On Friday morning Federal Oshima will be arriving at pier 28. The last record I have of it calling here was in 2004, and it then anchored in the harbour from August 27 to September 6, awaiting a cargo in another port.

1994 photo

Federal Oshimna was built in 1999 by Oshima Shipbuilding in Oshima, Japan. It is a bulk carrier of 20,659 grt, 36,563 dwt and carries three cranes, but no grabs. Its primary cargo is finished or semi-finished steel. However on this visit, since it is arriving from Montreal and tying up at pier 28 I assume it will be loading wood pellets.


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