A rare bulk carrier visit to Halifax, the Marshal Island flagged / US owned Hong Kong Eagle anchored in Bedford Basin last evening and is due to sail
tonight, tomorrow, March 1.
The ship arrived from Port Cartier, QC and likely tangled with ice inbound or outbound from that Gulf of St.Lawrence port. I noted the diving tender Captain's Pride alongside this afternoon, so my guess is a bent or nicked prop blade or blades - a common enough winter problem.
The ship is owned by the Stamford, CT based [NASDAQ traded] Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. The 47 ship fleet consists of Ultramax and Supramax ships in the 50,000 to 65,000 deadweight tonnes range, all fitted with cranes and grabs.
Hong Kong Eagle came out of the Jiangsu Newyangzi Shipbuilding Co, Jingjiang, China in 2016 with a gross tonnage of 36,338 and 63,472 dwt. It carries four cranes and four grab buckets of 12m3 capacity. Port-Cartier is a major iron ore shipping port, operated by ArcelorMittal. Concentrate and pellets from iron ore extracted from the Mont-Wright mine and shipped through the private port, totaled 26 mn tonnes in the year 2020.
The Louis Dreyfus company also operates a grain handling facility at Port Cartier, but this ship looks more like an ore carrier.