With ships of various shipping lines calling eastbound and westbound in Halifax it is not unusual when two ships of the same line are here at the same time. Sometimes those ships are sister ships, and it is interesting to see two of them in port at once. So today's arrivals (May 7) of NYK Deneb and NYK Constellation in quick succession at Fairview Cove could not be called unusual. The sister ships are members of the ten ship NYK Daedalus class.
NYK Constellation completed working cargo late this afternoon, but held its berth at Fairview Cove until NYK Remus made its way to Bedford Basin. This left lots of room to pass (but I was not in suitable spot to take a photo with both ships in the frame.)
NYK Remus inbound in the Narrows with Atlantic Fir forward and Atlantic Oak astern.
NYK Remus was built by Hyundai Samho in 2009 with tonnages of 55487 gt, 65,981 dwt and a container capacity of 4922 TEU, including 330 reefers.
Both ships are sailing on THE Alliance's AL5 service with NYK Remus eastbound from Vancouver, Oakland, Los Angeles, Panama and Cartagena and NYK Constellation westbound from Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp for Port Everglades.
At the southend terminal, PSA's Atlantic Hub, there were to be two ships due for MSC, but they were not sister ships. First along was Seamax New Haven, reported to be on a new (but not yet announced) Turkey, Greece and Mediterranean run called Mediterranean Express (MX). Instead of docking on arrival as anticipated, the ship went to number one anchorage. This was possibly for a Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspection and clearance.
The Semax New Haven was last here March 10 on the Indus 2 service from North India, but has apparently switched routes. A 90,449 gt, 100,807 dwt ship with a capacity of 8084 TEU, including 700 reefers, it dates from 2005 when it was built by Samsung, Koje. It carried the name Ever Charming until 2017 [so much for the staying power of charm!]
The second MSC ship, that was intended for anchorage, instead put back to sea and will now arrive tonight. It is MSC Hong Kong, on Canada Express 2 service bound from Italy and Spain for Montreal. It is expected to reduce draft to meet St.Lawrence River restrictions by dropping some cargo here over night, then sailing early in the morning. Its departure may be too early for a photo op.
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