Saturday, February 11, 2023

Where are the boxes

 The work week of Monday February 6 to Friday February 10, 2023 in Halifax was one of the quietest weeks for container shipping in some time. After the activity on Monday as per my previous post, there were no arrivals on Tuesday or Wednesday and only the Atlantic Sail and Oceanex Sanderling on Thursday.  It was Hyundai Force (for THE Alliance) and Nolhan Ava on Friday. This dearth of shipping is not unusual in the wake of Chinese New Year (January 22 this year) when Asian loadings are way down.

Today's arrivals consisted of Eimskip's regular Skogafoss and Atlantic Sun neither of which serve Asia. A third arrival CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt did come from Asia, but sailed from Shenzhen, China on January 2 - well before the holiday shutdown.  (It then made its way to Halifax via Singapore (January 11), Port Klang (January 13), Suez Canal (January 26), Malta (January 30) and Tanger Med (February 3).

The 176,546 gt, 186,802 dwt behemoth was built in 2013 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Okpo, and has a capacity of 16,070 TEU. It is a sister ship to CMA CGM Jules Verne and CMA CGM Marco Polo, the largest container ships to call in Halifax.

CMA CGM Alexander von Humboldt has called in Halifax regularly on about a four month rotation since its first visit December 27, 2021 on the Columbus JAX service run by CMA CGM jointly with COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL. The ship will next call at New York, Norfolk, Charleston and Savannah before retracing its route east bound through the Mediterranean and Suez Canal to numerous Asian ports, finallly crossing the Pacific to Oakland and Los Angeles.


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