The general cargo and heavy lift ship BBC Europe arrived back in Halifax late afternoon December 20, a few days short of six weeks since its last visit November 12 [see previous post ]. In that time it has visited four ports as far as the head of the Great Lakes and unloaded some unknown cargo and loaded an unusual cargo.
On leaving Halifax November 13 it was reported in the St.Lawrence Seaway November 17 and the Welland Canal November 19. After waiting a couple of days at anchor it transited the Soo Locks November 22 and arrived in Thunder Bay on November 23. It spemt two days there before heading down lakes to Cleveland where it was docked from November 30 through December 1. It then passed up the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St.Clair River again to Sarnia where it discharged the last of its cargo December 2 to 6. It took another four days to load, sailing December 11. [It may also have loaded at some of the other ports, but I don't have eye witness reports.]
Its outbound voyage was delayed by weather in Lake Erie where it was reported at anchor in the lee of Long Point December 13, before transiting the Welland Canal December 14 and the Seaway December 15. It then spent a couple of days in Montreal. From on line photos it does not appear to have taken on any more cargo there before sailing December 17. On arrival in Halifax this morning it tied up at Pier 9C North, tight up on the A.Murray MacKay bridge at the entrance to Bedford Basin.
Part of the ship's unusual cargo was easy enough to see. It is reported to be carrying eleven motor yachts, five or maybe six of which are on deck. The boats are bound for winter quarters in the south and will be discharged at Fort Lauderdale.
As on the ship's previous visit to Halifax the launch Captain's Pride was nearby, indicating the likelihood of divers again, for some hull or prop maintenance. The ship was showing some new scratches and scrapes on the hull since its last visit, no doubt acquired in the many locks it has transited.
I could not see any reason why the ship's number 2 crane was unstowed - it was not at work when I went by. Because the ship is barely visible from shoreside due to the miniature mountain of road salt stored under tarps on the Pier, it was not possible to see very much. Perhaps it had to resecure some of the deck cargo, or it was simply used to deploy a gangway.
There was other activity in port today too. At Autoport it was another visit from Siem Aristotle. The 7500 car capacity ship was last here on August 9, 2021.
In order to fuel our gas guzzlers, and perhaps to heat our homes, Imperial Oil brought in a cargo of refined products on the tanker SCF Angara arriving December 20.
Unusual for Imperial Oil, the ship came from Amsterdam. Imperial's typical port in Europe is Antwerp, and Irving Oil's is Amsterdam. The ship is also somewhat unusual, as it ice rated to Lloyd's Ice Class 1A and has a variety of winterization features, including enclosed bridge wings.