Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Maersk Idaho update

 The container ship Maersk Idaho languished at anchor again today (November 16) but there is a tentative pilot order for it to move to Pier 42 first thing tomorrow morning.

 As Maersk Idaho rests at anchor, a front end loader works on the fill area which has created a smaller basin off Africville Park. Some of the new area will be for public use.

As per previous posts, the ship arrived in Halifax November 9 then put back out to sea November 10. It re-entered port November 12 and anchored in Bedford Basin where it has remained.

I have learned that the ship is substituting for the Vistula Maersk, which is in drydock at Lindø, in Odense, Denmark, on Maersk / CMA CGM's Canada Atlantic Express /St-Laurent 1 service from North Europe to Montreal. The Maersk Idaho apparently exceeds allowable draft for the St.Lawrence and must lighter off some cargo. I  believe that even after offloading some cargo November 10 it was found that the midship draft was still too great. In the meantime the weather and other priority traffic at the PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub seems to have delayed completion of the lightening.

High wind and driving rain precluded a photo of today's caller CMA CGM G.Washington at PSA, but I did manage to get a partial image during a lull.

The crew did not pay much attention to the rigging of rat guards. Halifax rats are both ingenious and agile, so should have no trouble bypassing these shields if they want to.
Hyundai HI, Ulsan built the 140,872 gt, 148,992 dwt ship in 2017. It has a capacity of 14,414 TEU.


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