The Port of Halifax is seeing the usual arrivals and departures and some unusual ones.
Boreas arrived at Pier 28 this morning, likely for bunkers, however it also seemed to attract the attention of the Canadian Border Services Agency. It is a little late in the season for Asian Gypsy moth inspection, since they are thought not to hatch in cold weather.
The ship was built in 2008 by Chongqing, Dongfeng, China and is a general purpose cargo/bulker with two 45 tonne capacity cranes that can work combined for a 90 tonne lift on a single spreader.The 6569 gt, 8090 dwt vessel started life as BBC Tunisia, but became Qing Hua very soon after delivery when current owners Boreas GmbH acquired the ship. In 2010 was renamed Thor Boreas and took its present name in 2014.
The ship's last port was Santiago de Cuba and it appears to be in ballast.
Across the camber Augusta Luna is also in from Cuba (it arrived yesterday) unloading another cargo of nickel sulfite in bags.
Built in 2011 by Xinshun Yueqing in Wenzhou, China, it is a 12,772 gt, 17,370 dwt multi-purpose ship, strengthened for heavy cargoes. It carries a pair of 150 tonne cranes that can work in combination for a 300 tonne load. Its container capacity is 894 TEU (504 on deck and 390 below) (or 903 according to its operators) but that decreases to 698 TEU if they are loaded at 14 tonnes. It also has 60 reefer plugs. Originally named Lolland, on delivery it was renamed Rickmers Yokohama then took its present name in 2015.
The ship operates for the Dutch company Nirint Shipping BV with container and general cargo from Rotterdam and Bilboa to Curacao and Cuba. Does the number of liquid bulk containers on deck suggest a thriving rum trade?
PSA Halifax is using the full length of the extended berth at Pier 42, as Skogafoss completed loading.
Although not ideal for photos, it does show most of the ship.
For something completely different, the crude oil tanker Front Cosmos has taken up position deep in Bedford Basin, in the long term anchorages.