Sunday, February 2, 2020

Another blue ship day

Blue was the prevailing colour of visiting ships today - both familiar callers.

At Irving Woodside the Elka Glory was discharging another cargo from Amsterdam. The ship was here at least three times in 2019, the last on December 24. It is a 2008 product of Brodospas, Split, Croatia and measures 27,612 gt, 44,598 dwt. Owners European Product Carriers have had several "Elka" ships here in the past year.

As soon as the ship has completed unloading Irvings' Acadian will take its place. It is due overnight and will wait its turn at anchor.

On the Columbus JAX service CMA CGM Libra is back again, and still the largest container ship yet to appear in Halifax since its first arrival just over a year ago, January 12, 2019. [see:  ]

The 131,332 gt, 131,292 dwt ship has a capacity of 11,388 TEU according to CMA CGM. It was built in 2009 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan. (Other sources give it 11,200 TEU).

That record may not stand for much longer as CMA CGM T. Jefferson is due in mid-March. It has a capacity of 14,414 TEU. Built by Hyundai HI , Ulsan, in 2017 it comes in at 140,872 gt, 147,966 dwt.

Ships of its size have been calling in New York and some east coast US ports for a time, and will soon become common here as PSA Halifax completes its berth expansion and adds another long reach crane.


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