With Oceanex Sanderling in Amsterdam for refit, Oceanex is alternating its two other ships between Halifax and Montreal runs. Last week it was the ConRo Oceanex Connaigra making the Halifax to St.John's trip. This week it is the container carrier Oceanex Avalon. The ship arrived off Halifax December 29 and docked at Pier 42 yesterday, December 30, when a berth became available.
Built in 2005 by J.J.Seitas in Nuenfelde, Germany, the Oceanex Avalon is 14,639 gt and 14,747 dwt with a capacity of 1229 TEU. It does not have RoRo capability, which is the reason for alternating the two ships until Oceanex Sanderling returns near the end of January. There is significant RoRo traffic including cars and trucks and transport trailers going to and from Newfoundland, and some RoRo capabiity is needed.
A ship that uses Halifax as its North American port in the winter made its first call of this winter season, arriving yesterday, December 30, first at PSA Halifax, then at Fairview Cove. CLI Pride makes regular monthly Transatlantic voyages from Rotterdam to Valleyfield, QC. With the St.Lawrence Seaway closing today, the ship opted to call in Halifax on this trip instead of being too late to make it in and out of the Quebec section of the Seaway.
Hamburg based operator CLI (Customized Logistics Ideas) has been bringing the ship to Halifax since 2018. They seem to have taken over some of the traffic from Atlantic RoRo Carriers (which no longer calls in Halifax) including containers of uranium hexaflouride. The ship also has project and heavy lift cargo capability.
CLI Pride sailed this afternoon for Rotterdam and Oceanex Avalon will sail late this afternoon for St.John's. There is not much activity expected in Halifax on New Year's Day, so Shipfax may be taking a day off.