Tuesday, June 21, 2022

More Big Ships

 It is always impressive to see big ships, particularly when their arrivals and departures are carefully coordinated for safe passing and meeting. 

Early this morning June 21 the bulk carrier Berge Nimba arrived from Amsterdam and anchored in number one anchorage in the lower harbour. The ship had been in Asia recently and required clearance from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, that it was free of LDA moth before proceeding to other Canadian ports. (Number one achorage is far enough from coniferous forests that the larvae would not be a threat.)

Built by Jinhai Heavy Industry Co in Daishan County, China in 2010 it was first named Zosco Huzhou, renamed  New Huzhou in 2016, and took its current name in 2019.  The 91,971 gt , 175,949 dwt ship is a fleet mate of the Berge Bulk Maritime 180,180 dwt Berge Atlas that was here May 30 for the same reason.

With the anchorage area occuppied, the outbound NYK Romulus sailed west of George's Island.

On the horizon is the Vistula Maersk on the CMA CGM / Maersk St.Lawrence service, waiting its first call at PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub. It would normally be in port today, but other ships are ahead in line, so will come in tomorrow.

Inspection of the Berge Nimba was completed by late morning and the ship was cleared to depart for Port Cartier, QC to load iron ore. The light ship, took the straighter outbound course - the eastern channel.

The next inbound took the western, deep water channel. That ship was CMA CGM J. Adams which had three tugs to assist with the dog leg course if needed.

The CMA CGM J. Adams is the second Ultra class ship (greater than 10,000 TEU) to call this week. Sister ship CMA CGM A. Lincoln was here Sunday June 19. Built in 2017 by Hyundai Ulsan the Adams is a 140,872 gt, 148,992 dwt vessel with a capacity of 14,414 TEU.

It is not often that I get three ships and three tugs in the same photo. (Atlantic Beaver is the stern tethered escort, with Atlantic Oak alongside forward and Atlantic Fir standing off ahead.)

 The tugs were needed to turn and squeeze the big ship into berth #41 at Pier C as berth #42 was already occupied by the ZIM feeder ship Contship Leo.

Contship Leo was using the smallest of the five cranes at the Southend terminal, now known as PSA Atlantic Hub. The ship has been on the Canada Feeder Express service since October 2021.


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