Sunday, December 4, 2022

CSL Convention

 It looked like a convention of CSL ships in Halifax today (December 4) with three ships in port at the same time. 

At anchor in the lower harbour it was Baie St.Paul a member of the Canada Steamship Lines domestic fleet. Flying the Canadian flag, it normally trades between Canadian ports. Built to the long slender dimensions of the St.Lawrence Seaway locks, it rarely ventures far out to sea, and only in relatively good conditions.

 With Chebucto Head, the entrance to Halifax Harbour, in the background the ship awaits better conditions before leaving port.

The Trillium class self-unloader arrived on Friday, December 2 and loaded at Gold Bond Gypsum. It then moved to anchor December 3 to wait out the high winds overnight last night. It is expected to sail this evening for Côte-Ste-Catherine, QC, located on the South Shore Canal of the St.Lawrence Seaway. 

When the ship last loaded here on November 19-20, it also sailed for Côte-Ste-Catherine, where it unloaded part of its gypsum cargo November 26, then called in Trois-Rivières, QC November 27 before returning to Halifax.

Two members of the CSL Americas fleet arrived today, also to load gypsum. The Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin arrived first and went directly to to the Gold Bond dock in lower Burnside, Bedford Basin.

The Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin loads gypsum from Gold Bond's large stockpile.

The ship is expected to sail over night, for a US east coast port.

Arriving an hour later the CSL  Taranatau took up an anchorage position nearby.

It is scheduled to move alongside Gold Bond when its fleet mate sails.

 The ship still carries orange paint on its self-unloading gear applied by original owners Oldendorff Carriers, when it sailed as their Balto. Oldendorff left the CSL pool in 2016 and distributed its ships to remaining partners Algoma Central and CSL Americas.


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