Saturday, June 9, 2018

Early Riser Rewards + supplement

All of today's scheduled arrivals happened in the early morning. The first, CMA CGM Thames was due at the pilot station at 0430 and Heritage Leader at 0530. These were well before first light, but I did manage to catch them after they were alongside.

CMA CGM Thames is an impressive split superstructure vessel of 9365 TEU, built in 2015 by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., measuring 95,263 grt, 113,800 dwt.

It made its first call here on June 17, 2017, and is one of 17 ships that maintain the Columbus JAX service. Some ships have been replaced in the rotation recently and the new ships are expected in early July. CMA CGM Cochin and CMA CGM Chennai are fresh from the builders, and measure in excess of 112,000 grt.

Heritage Leader tied up at Autoport. The 6700 CEU ship is owned by Ray Carr Carriers and is on charter to NYK Lines.

 The 58,767 grt, 20,434 dwt ship was built in 2011 by Hyundai, Mipo. According to my records this is the ship's first call in Halifax since 2015.

Next in, after sunrise, was the coastal and bunkering tanker North Atlantic Kairos for Wilson's Fuels at pier 9. In addition to supplying its local service stations and furnace oil customers, Wilson's also provides fuel to the supply vessels supporting BP's offshore exploration. (Whether for their own use or for the drill rig West Aquarius I am not sure.)

 From its base at the North Atlantic Petroleum refinery in Come-by-Chance, NL the tanker provides a bunkering service to in Placentia Bay and makes occasional coastal trips.

A first arrival in Halifax is the container ship Arica for Maersk / CMA CGM's Canada Atlantic Express. As the usual ships go into major inspections and drydocking, the operators have introduced this ship to try to keep up the schedule (which has been in disarray in the past month).

Zhejiang Yangfan Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Zhoushan built Arica in 2007 , but soon after delivery it was renamed Maersk Jakobstad for a five year charter. In 2012 it reverted to its original name for owners, part of Reederei NSC Schiffahrts of Hamburg.

The 32,901 grt, 35,359 dwt ship has a capacity of 2797 TEU, including 746 reefers, and is fitted with a trio of 40 tonne cranes. Unusual for container ships of its size, it has no cargo space aft of the accommodation.

Also arriving this morning was East Coast for Irving Oil. Since it is all I can do to be in one place at a time, I did not photograph this ship - this time.

For this morning's only departure - see Tugfax

Not all arrivals were early. Late this afternoon, when the tanker Mahadah Silver  sailed another ship with Arabian roots arrived to take its place at Imperial Oil dock #3. Jinan flies the flag of Qatar for its owners Qatar Shipping Co. Its cargo for Imperial however was loaded in Port Neches, Texas. Jinan is an island off the western coast of the Qatar peninsula.

The handysize tanker of 25,408 grt, 40,232 dwt was built in 2003 by ShinA Shipbuilding Co, Tongyeong, South Korea. Judging from its immaculate condition however, it must have been drydocked very recently. Note also the symbols for no less than 15 cargo manifolds painted on the hull amidships.


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