Sunday, May 30, 2021

Federal Kibune for AGM inspection

 The Canadian shipping company Fednav, operates 120 dry owned or chartered bulk carriers world wide. Although all but two of those ships are foreign flagged, Fednav is the leading international user of the St.Lawrence Seaway. Their ships seldom call in Halifax however, so today's brief visit of the Federal Kibune is rare for Fednav.

Federal Kibune was built in 2012 by Onomichi Dockyard in Japan for Osaka Asahi Kaiun and long tern charter to Fednav. It is a 22,866 gt, 36,824 dwt ice class Handysize bulker equipped with four 30 tonne capacity cranes. It is named for a Japanese tourist village located on a mountainside, even though the name means "precious boat".

The ship's last port of call was Taicang, China, which means a mandatory inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for Asian gypsy moth. Particular since the ship is destined for Grande Anse, QC, in the heart of deciduous forest country, where the invasive specie would be most destructive.

The ship appears to be in ballast. Grande Anse, well upstream on the Saguenay River is an export facility for aluminium and forest products.


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