Heading in to the Christmas break, things were becoming quiet in Halifax harbour today (December 24).
The Canadian flag tanker Acadian sailed at mid-day after a short visit to the Irving Oil terminal in Woodside, arriving mid-day yesterday.
Acadian down to its (draft) marks, appeared to be fully loaded on arrival.
With its sister ship East Coast, the Acadian delivers refined petroleum products from Irving Oil's refinery in Saint John, NB to ports throughout eastern Canada and to the northeastern United States. Two more sister ships, the Great Eastern and New England under foreign flag, deliver product from Saint John to US ports only. A fifth near sister is also used (and maybe others). Irving Oil charters the ships from Iver Ships BV, the tanker arm of Vroon BV of Breda, Netherlands, through various intermediaries.
The ships were built in 2005 by Hyundai, Mipo. Acadian's tonnages are recorded at 23,356 gt, 37,515 dwt. All four were refited in 2015 with exhaust gas scrubbers. The apparatus is housed in a large white painted structure abaft the original funnel housing. Although doing nothing for the ships' appearances, scrubbers permit them to continue to use heavy fuel by washing harmful gases from the exhaust stream. (Acadian may have had its scrubber turned off when it sailed today as it was emitting a nasty brown smoke from its regular funnel. Some ships do use low sulphur diesel fuel while manoeuvering.)
Not to be left out, Imperial Oil is expecting the Canadian tanker Qikiqtaaluk W.
late tonight, early tomorrow. Longshore services at Imperial Oil are provided by company employees, so the ship will not incur the high costs for holiday overtime.
There was very little other harbour activity as Oceanex Connaigra sailed from Autoport for St.John's. The container ship ZIM Monaco was alongside PSA Halifax
and is was due to sail late this evening and will now sail December 26. It did not appear to be working this afternoon, as all the cranes were up.