Friday, December 23, 2022

Seaspan Loncomilla and Greetings

 The container ship Seaspan Loncomilla made its second visit to Halifax on ZIM's ZCA service. It arrived over night last night and sailed this morning (Friday, December 23.) Its first call, on October 20 was in more pleasant weather conditions, and thus more conducive to photography.

 On October 20 the ship prepared to make its turn off the PSA Gateway Southend container terminal.

Today's departure into misty drizzle was in advance of a severe wind and rain storm moving in from the west.

 On December 23, the ship is just clear of the PSA terminal, outbound.

Seaspan Loncomilla is operated by Seaspan Ship Management, part of the large international ship financing company Seaspan Corporation that has a fleet of 129 owned container ships with 1.18 mn TEU capacity, and 61 ships under construction. 

The ship was built by Jiangsu New Yangzijiang in Jingjiang in 2009 as CSAV Loncomilla. Seaspan apparently financed the build and chartered the ship to the Chilean company CSAV (Compania Sudamericana de Vapores). It was named for a river in Chile, and when the charter had elapsed or was bought out, Seaspan made the simple rename in 2016. (HAPAG-Lloyd took over CSAV's container shipping business in 2014, and CSAV took an ownership position in H-L, joining with UASC.)

The 40,541 gt, 50,435 dwt ship has a capacity of 4256 TEU including a very high count of 698 reefers.

 The departure also marked the last scheduled international sailing from Halifax before the Christmas break. The Canadian ConRo Oceanex Sanderling is still in port with no tentative sailing time set. It would normally sail on Friday, but with the winds building the ship moved to anchor in Bedford Basin. The height of the storm is expected to be overnight and into tomorrow morning.

Widespread power outages are expected which may prevent Shipfax from publishing again until after Christmas. If so I wish to thank readers for your support during the past year, and wish you a Merrry Christmas.


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