Friday, November 11, 2022

What is going on

 There is some confusion about what is going on with the Maersk (Canada Atlantic Express) CMA CGM (St-Laurent 1) weekly service between North Europe and Montreal, with a customary eastbound stop in Halifax. As per my November 9 post a new ship appeared on the route, namely Maersk Idaho, and oddly it arrived on the westbound leg.

Maersk Idaho arriving November 9.

Earlier this year Maersk replaced two older ships on the route with ships displaced from a Baltic / Russia service. The ice class Vistula Maersk and Vayenga Maersk began regular calls, but the Vistula Maersk now seems to be running between Rotterdam, Antwerp and Denmark. Vayenga Maersk sailed from Montreal November 2, but sailed directly for Bremerhaven, by-passing Halifax. 

CMA CGM also replaced their long time ship on the route, the EM Kea with the CMA CGM Montreal. It sailed from Montreal October 29 and also bypassed Halifax eastbound. Today however the EM Kea arrived in Halifax from Montreal. (It had sailed from Bremerhaven October 17, Rotterdam October 19-20, and Antwerp October 20-21.)

The stylish EM Kea at Pier 41 this morning.

In looking at the arrivals list for tomorrow (November 12) I see the Maersk Idaho again. When it sailed from here in the early hours of November 10, it just went out to sea and has been standing off ever since. It seems unlikely therefore that it will be heading for Montreal, but we will have to wait and see.


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