Monday, September 17, 2018

The Ins and the Outs

Three cruise ships called in Halifax today, and all sailed in the late afternoon.

Disney Magic one of the more pleasing looking ships, mostly because  ships it is largely devoid of superfluous décor, but also because of its traditional profile with two funnels.

It was built in 1998 by Fincantieri Breda, Marghera (with bow built in Ancona). In 2013 it was "re-imagined" by Navantia, in Cadiz, Spain, and now measure a modest 83,969 grt. The build included a 20 foot (looks bigger) "duck tail" to improve stability.

Next sail was Holland America's Zuiderdam. Also built by Fincantieri Breda, Marghera, but in 2002 (and much refitted in 2015) it is also a twin stacker. However its pair of vertical cylinders are much less pleasing, especially since they are really a Costa trademark, another line in the Carnival stable.

The ship had been tied up, bows north, at pier 20, but likely due to the stiff breeze, opted to back out southward to number one anchorage, then turn for sea. It saluted fleet mate Veendam (not pictured) which sailed later, which was toed up at pier 31..

Moving within the harbour Glorious Leader shifted berths from Autoport to pier 27 to offload some non-auto cargo. The ship was built in 2007 by Stocznia Gdynia, measuring 57,692 grt, 20,999 dwt.

It is on long term charter by Ray Car Carriers to NYK Line.

The first of two arrivals was a ship for bunkers. Pantazis L is a 39,746 grt, 76,629 dwt gearless bulk carrier built in 2003 by Imabari Zosen, Marugame. It was briefly named Red Tulip, but was mercifully renamed soon after delivery.

The ship arrived in ballast from Gijon, Spain. Once it has fueled it will sail for Sept-Iles, QC where it is due September 20 to load at the Iron Company of Canada dock.

The last arrival may be a one time stand in for Nirint Shipping. Vega Virgo is arriving in the usual slot for the ship Hollandia.  Built in 2011 by Zhejiang Yangfan Shipbuilding Co Ltd, the 9999 grt, 11,768 dwt ship has a container capacity of 957 TEU and carries a pair of 45 tonne capacity cranes.

Arriving as it is today from Moa, Cuba with nickel sulfides, it must have had a wild trip through some portion of Hurricane Florence.


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