Monday, August 3, 2020

Montreal Diverisons - Updated

Continuing labour issues are making the Port of Montreal a questionable destination for container ships. A second work stoppage by longshoremen has resulted in two MSC ships diverting to Halifax. 

PSA Halifax's new crane works MSC Veronique on Sunday afternoon, August 2.

As a terminal port, Montreal is accustomed to completely off-loading ships. Such is not the usual case in Halifax, which is a way port. However PSA Halifax has found room in its facility to accommodate MSC import boxes - many of which appear to be empties. Export boxes are expected to start arriving by road and rail.

Sunday evening sister ship MSC Sariska arrived at PSA Halifax. Both ships were once regular callers in their earlier lives as Maersk ships. [See later post]

Monday morning MSC Veronique sailed, likely for an outer anchorage, to await the arrival of export boxes.
Updated#1The ship is giving New York as its destination, so there must be some other plan.

Update#2:  MSC Veronique was once a regular caller in Halifax, but under another name.

Built in 1989 by Odense Staalskibs in Denmark its first name was Mette Maersk and at 52,191 gt, 60,900 dwt and 4437 TEU (including 500 reefers) was considered a very large ship at the time. It was on a regular service to Halifax for several years. In 2006 it became Maersk Merritt, and in 2007 MSC Sweden. It reverted to Maersk Merritt in 2010, and took its current name in 2011.

On a 1997 visit the ship was carrying a rubber tired gantry (RTG) as cargo on its after deck.

Sister ship MSC Sariska in port today (enshrouded in fog for much of the time) was built in 1990 by the same yard as Majestic Maersk, 52,181 gt, 60,639 dwt, and called in Halifax on its maiden voyage in 1990.It carried the name Majestic 2010-2011 until becoming MSC Sariska.

Almost concealed from view MSC Sariska unloads at PSA Halifax. MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) is noted for using older ships, and these sisters, at thirty years of age, must be pushing the limit. Because they were built Maersk's own shipyard (since closed) in Odense, their build quality may have been higher than those built elsewhere.


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