PSA Halifax's Atlantic Gateway container terminal hosted two MSC ships today (August 14). The first, MSC Aldebran II arrived early this morning and tied up at Pier 42. Heavy rain early in the day may have slowed cargo work, but the weather cleared by late morning, and by late afternoon only one crane was needed to finish off the work.
The second arrival was in late afternoon and MSC Rita tied up at Pier 41. The ship was built for MSC in 2005 by Hanjin Heavy Industry and Construction in Busan, South Korea and has carried the same name since new.
The tug Atlantic Fir has taken up a position forward and the escort tug Atlantic Oak has a line astern as they prepare to turn the ship and back into the berth.
A ship of 89,954 gt and 104,849 dwt, it has a capacity of 8089 TEU including 550 reefers. As with most ships on the Indus 2 service from North India, it appears to be heavily loaded.
MSC has quickly become one of the the major customers in the Port of Halifax, and so it will not be unusual to see two of the company's ships in port at once.
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