Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tropical Surprise and Mystery Guest

The container ship Vega Fynen arrived today from Palm Beach, FL, quite obviously for Tropical Shipping, since most of  the containers on deck carried that line's prominent word mark. However the ship is not one of the regular Tropical callers, nor is this the regular day for Tropical ships (they sail on Mondays).

Today's blustery conditions created lots of spray for the outbound pilot boat.

It seems that the ship is here to replenish the stock of empty containers or taking away unused empties. It is so lightly loaded it does not appear to be carrying much cargo.

Built in 2006 by Kouan Shipbuilding Industry Co in China, it is a 9957 gt, 13,742 dwt vessel with a capacity of 1118 TEU. It also carries a pair of 45 tonne cranes. It is owned Vega Reederei, and managed by the Friedrich Dauber group of Hamburg.

As  Vega Fynen tied up at pier 41, another odd ship was working boxes at pier 42, largely hidden from view. Hansa Meersburg owned the Hamburg owners Leonhardt + Blumberg, is a somewhat larger ship of 18,327 gt, 23,387 dwt. It has a capacity of 1740 TEU and carries two 40 tonne cranes. 

Barely visible behind boxes and cranes, Hansa Meersburg unloads at pier 41.

The ship does not show up on anyone's schedule. However since it arrived from New York, I have guessed, by process of elimination, that it is working for ZIM on its east coast feeder service. If I hear otherwise I will update this post.


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