Friday, February 8, 2019

BBC Michigan

The cargo ship BBC Michigan  made a brief call at pier 27 today. The ship is en route from New London, CT to Sorel, QC and appears to be in ballast, or very lightly loaded.  A member of the large BBC Chartering fleet, it could be carrying a special project cargo, since it is equipped for heavy loads. Its two cranes, rated at 150 tonnes each, can be combined for a 300 tonne lift.

Neither rain nor sleet nor gloom... all of which were present for the BBC Michigan's departure... kept the ship from sailing, nor a navy? fast craft from whizzing by. 
Photo editing actually shows more than I actually saw.
The ship was completed in 2010 as BBC Michigan by Jiangdong Shipyard, Wuhu, China even though its keel was laid in 2007 and it was launched in 2008.
From 2014 to 2015 it carried the names Industrial Sabre and from 2015 to 2016 Michigan. The 9,618 gt, 12,780 dwt ship is owned by a German investment group and managed by Bockstiegel Reederei.

Its visit to Halifax was not to load or unload as far as I could tell. However Logistec has operations in New London, Halifax and Sorel, so there is likely some tie in such as re-securing cargo.


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