Friday, July 10, 2020

Capesize inspection

The bulk carrier Global Enterprise spent a few hours at anchor today while it underwent a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) check for Asian Gypsy Moth larvae (AGM). The ship is en route from Luoyuan, China for Sept-Iles, QC for a load of iron ore.

Global Enterprise at number one anchorage shows off its immense length of 289m (it is 45 meters in breadth) and carries the Hyundai Merchant Marine funnel marking.

Hyundai Merchant Marine is a large Korean based operator of various ships in all trades including tankers, container ships and bulk carriers. Among the latter it operates seven "Capesize" ships of which Global Enterprise is the smallest. (The largest exceeds 207,000 dwt)

Built in 2010 by Namura Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Imari, Japan, the ship measures 89,981 gt, 176,768 dwt. It is classed as Capesize because it was too large to transit the Suez and Panama Canals, and thus had to sail around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn. However with recent dredging I believe it can now transit the Suez Canal at least while in ballast, however it apparently did not do so on this trip.

Ships of this size, arriving from Asia, are regular callers in Sept-Iles, but due that port's proximity to valuable forests, they must be inspected before entering too deeply into Canadian waters to prevent the spread of the invasive species of Asian Gypsy Moth.


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