Monday, December 26, 2022


 Traditionally December 26, known as Boxing Day, is also a holiday in Nova Scotia, with stores closed and most businesses shut down for the second day in a row. Port operations however can be different, and today's Boxing Day arrival of CMA CGM Unity meant that PSA's Southend terminal, also known as the Atlantic Hub was open for business for ship operations only (no truck traffic).  (PSA's Fairview Cove was also open for vessel operations, but as there were no ships alongside, it appeared that there was only maintenance and office staff on site.)

CMA CGM Unity occupied Pier 41 and much of Pier 42. It allowed a litle room for the Oceanex Sanderling which moved in later in the day from a safe anchorage in Bedford Basin to Pier 42.

Large lettering on the CMA CGM Unity's sides proclaims that it is "LNGPOWERED" (appearing as one word) and is repeated just in case you could miss it. 

Built in 2021 by Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, the 150,783 gt, 160,194 dwt ship has a capacity of 14,806 TEU (other sources say 14,812). It is one of 22 Suezmax ships ordered by Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd for charter to CMA CGM and called the Argentina class. The ships were ordered in three batches from Hyundai Samho and Hyundai Ulsan, and all were nominally rated at 15,052 TEU. The first five have scrubber equipped conventional diesel engines, but the remainder (including five yet to be delivered) are dual fuel - capable of using heavy fuel or LNG.

Ships with LNG fuel capability give up some cargo space for LNG storage, which may account for the discrepancy of TEU figures. It is also reported in some sources, that the ship was originally to be named Bonsavista Bay but that was seemingly changed early on in the construction process. 

LNG refueling is not widely available, but CMA CGM has a ten year contract from 2020 with Total for 300,000 tons of the stuff, to be provided in Europe. CMA CGM has committed to LNG fuel for all its new ships, including the larger 22,000+  TEU size and is promoting its use to other lines. LNG provides dramatic reductions in sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide pollutants and a reduction in carbon emissions.  Meanwhile non-carbon based fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia are still in development.


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