Thursday, October 20, 2022

Big Bulker in Ballast and a Charter

 Big Bulker

We don't see many big bulk carriers in Halifax, since there is seldom any cargo for such ships. Aside from the odd grain top off, or load of wood pellets (see last week's post) the only other bulk cargo available here is gypsum, which carried exclusively by self-unloaders of the CSL pool.

It looked like a summer day as the tug Atlantic Willow met the ship off Maugher's Beach, with several sailing craft off Point Pleasant.

Today's arrival (October 20), the Glory Amsterdam, arrived and berthed at Pier 27, possibly for stores or maintenance work. No fuel trucks were in evidence.

The ship was built in 2006 by Oshima Shipbuilding as the Torm Skagen for the Danish operators Torm AS. A 40,017 gt, 77,171 dwt ship it is gearless. Despite being sold and renamed Santa Isabel in 2012 and then Glory Amsterdam the same year, the ship still carries Torm's distinctive burnt orange over black colour scheme. Its funnel mark has been changed but was not visible from my angle.


Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (publicly traded on the NYSE as ZIM since 2021), operates the ZCA (Zim Container Service Atlantic) from the Mediterranean to the east coast of North America, and has a slot charter arrangement with HAPAG-Lloyd to carry some of its cargo also. Normally the ships on the service are ZIM owned or chartered and carry ZIM names. Today's arrival from Valencia, Spain is an exception, in that it does not carry a ZIM name.


Seaspan Loncomilla is operated by Seaspan Ship Management, part of the large international ship financing company that has a fleet of 134 container ships with 1.1 mn TEU capacity (as of December 2021). The ship was built by Jiangsu New Yangzijiang in Jingjiang in 2009 as CSAV Loncomilla. Seaspan apparently financed the build and chartered the ship to the Chilean company CSAV (Compania Sudamericana de Vapores). It was named for a river in Chile, and when the charter had elapsed or was bought out, Seaspan made the simple rename in 2016. (HAPAG-Lloyd took over CSAV's container shipping business in 2014, and CSAV took an ownership positIon in H-L))

The 40,541 gt, 50,435 dwt ship has a capacity of 4256 TEU including a very high count of 698 reefers. The ship did  not appear to be especially heavily loaded on arrival today, with HAPAG-Lloyd and UASC (major H-L shareholders, merged into H-L in 2017) boxes out numbering ZIM boxes - at least on deck.


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