Tuesday, January 28, 2020

CLI Winter Season

Now that the St.Lawrence Seaway is closed for the winter Compass Logistics International (CLI) will once again be calling in Halifax for a few months, with their ship CLI Pride. (In December the ship unloaded at Valleyfield, QC and Johnstown, ON.)

CLI Pride rounds Seaview Point heading out of Bedford Basin bound for Rotterdam.

As I have observed before, it is among the smallest ships to maintain a regular transatlantic schedule year round. However as a specialized carrier, it has a built-in demand for service. Compass Logistics and its Canadian partner company RSB Logistic Inc specialize in transporting nuclear materials. They have their own dedicated truck fleet also, based in Saskatoon.

The ship was built in 2011 as Brielle by Dongfang Shipbuilding Group in Yueqing, China. Measuring 7138 gt and 7950 dwt, it carries a pair of 30 tonne cranes.

In 2014 owners Schepers Ocean Transport placed the ship under Briese management and the ship was renamed BBC Luanda. Compass Schiffahrts acquired and renamed the ship in 2018. it remains under Briese management however.

Its primary cargo is uranium hexafloride, which has been handled in Halifax for many years, previously by Briese and before that by Atlantic RoRo.

Unloading radioactive casks January 28, 2016.


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