Thursday, April 5, 2018

Halterm tied up and other activity

Two ships that were due to sail from Halterm's South End container facility have been delayed until tomorrow.
Melfi's Catharina Schulte and Eimskip's Selfoss will remain in port tonight. That meant that Nolhanava tied up at pier 37 and did not appear to be working cargo, since pier 36 was occupied by Selfoss - it did not appear to be working either. Oceanex Sanderling which is also in port, will remain at Autoport until midnight then move back to Halterm on departure of ZIM Qingdao.

 The inbound truck lanes numbered about 40 trucks late this afternoon, with more arriving. Border Services has completed scanning inbound containers from ZIM Qingdao and their scanner truck is headed home.
Selfoss is stern in at pier 36, with Nolhanava (barely visible) at pier 37.
The tanker Falcon Maryam moved earlier from anchorage to Imperial Oil dock 3.  

Bad weather on the eastern seaboard this winter seriously messed up Tropical Shipping's two ship schedule, especially in March. Bomar Rebecca's scheduled March 6 sailing was postponed by a week and the whole schedule slid ahead at week. A maintenance period for Asian Sun was also moved along by a week. That maintenance will happen in Halifax, as the ship arrived on Wednesday April 4 and discharged all its containers, then moved to pier 9B. There was therefore no Tropical Shipping sailing this week.

Asian Sun flushing its anchor cable at pier 9B with the refitting Fundy Rose in the background.

 Asian Sun was built in 2005 by Jiangdong, Wuhu. The 9956 grt, 13,698 dwt ship has a capacity of 1118 TEU and carries two 45 tonne cranes. Its first name was CSAV Colon, then became Aliança Cordillera in 2007, and Asian Moon in 2008. Tropical announced new ships for the route to be delivered in 2019.

The next Tropical sailing is scheduled for next week on Bomar Rebecca and Asian Sun will be back in service for the April 16 sailing.

Just south of Halterm, the lobster season is winding down and the Eastern Passage based Oralee was not finding much in its traps off Black Rock Beach.

The boat has been lobstering in this area for many years, but has only recently begun sporting the colourful Canadian flag on its bow. It was built in 1973 in Clarke's Harbour, NS.

Out in the Basin HMCS Charlottetown was doing some helicopter evolutions. It was very windy, so likely a good test.

Charlottetown does not seem to be straining on its anchor despite heading up in to a stiff breeze. Note the crash boat, manned and ready alongside.


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