Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Terminal Shift

 As mentioned yesterday PSA Halifax has the option to accept ships at either its South End, Atlantic Hub terminal or at Fairvew Cove. Ships larger than about 10,000 TEU are too big to reach Fairvew Cove due to bridge air draft but many container ships that call in Halifax could be accommodated at either facility. Therefore PSA takes advantage of this flexibility by handling ships where most expedient.

With the 9120 TEU ONE Hangzhou Bay at Fairview Cove (see yesterday), a ship that would normally be handled at Fairview Cove was instead berthed at the South End today (November 8.)

MOL Charisma is on THE Alliance's EC5 Asia / North America service and has previously used Fairvew Cove. Built in 2007 by Mitsubishi HI, Nagasaki, it is a 86,692 gt, 90,390 dwt ship with a capacity of 9060 TEU (including 630 reefers). It was launched as MOL Charisma but delivered as APL France and carried that name until 2010.

Also at the South End today was the MSC Malena from Montreal on the CANEX 2 route. It is in port to top up its cargo to deep sea draft.

Dating from 2000, when it was built by Samsung Heavy Industry's Geoje Shipyard, it is small by current standards at 25,294 gt, 32,350 dwt, with a capacity of 2506 TEU including 420 reefers. It also carries three 45 tonne SWL and one 35 tonne SWL crane. (The fourth crane serves the after deck). Ships of this spec are generally relegated to feeder status these days, but the recent high demand has meant that ships are shifted to odd routes. Delivered as Santa Adriana it was renamed 2000: P+O Nedlloyd Algoa, 2001: MOL Parana, 2002: P+O Nedlloyd Algoa, 2005: Santa Adriana, 2010: EM Athens and 2020: MSC Malena.


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