Friday, March 17, 2023

Containers and Cars plus oil

 Containers and automobile imports are two of the important areas of business for the Port of Halifax. Containers are handled at two terminals, both operated by PSA, and cars at Autoport, owned by the Canadian National Railway Co - known to all as CN. Today, March 17, saw activity at all three locations.

At PSA Halifax Atlantic Hub, the Oceanex Sanderling was working on its weekly container and RoRo service to Newfoundland. 

At mid-day it was joined by the new to Halifax MSC Cornelia arriving on the Turkey/Greece service.

Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing delivered the ship in 2010. The 54,182 gt, 63,069 dwt vessel has a capacity of 5089 TEU. Originally named RHL Fiducia, it was renamed Cornelia I in 2016 and became MSC Cornelia in 2021. It has a capacity of 5089 TEU including 385 reefer points.

The ship appeared to be well loaded but was only carrying containers four boxes high on deck. Perhaps this was a precaution against potential sea conditions. The ship was built to the SDARI 5100 PMAX standard design (which I assume means 5100 nominal TEU / Panamax) but is listed with a capacity of 3,350 TEU at 14 tonnes each. Therefore depending on the ratio of loads to empties, the deck load may vary. With a glut of empties choking ports world wide, it is likely that the ship would be carrying mostly loads.

At PSA's Fairview Cove terminal, NYK Nebula sailed early in the morning, and the berth was almost immediately taken by ONE Hangzhou Bay joining the weektly Argentia/St-Pierre ConRo Nolhan Ava (The latter's St.Patrick's Day green hull contrasted with O.N.E.'s magenta.)

The ONE Hangzhou Bay was built by IHI Kure in 2012 as Hangzhou Bay Bridge for K-Line. The 96,790 gt, 96,980 dwt ship has a capacity of 9120 TEU. It was brought under the Ocean Network Express umbrella, renamed and repainted in 2021. The other O.N.E. partners, NYK and MOL, have generally not renamed or repainted their ships.

With both berths occupied at Fairview Cove the late afternoon arrival, NYK Romulus, went to anchor in Bedford Basin until the berth becomes available over night.

The 55,534 gt, 66,750 dwt NYK Romulus dates from 2009 when it was delivered by Hyundai Samho. It is a 4922 TEU vessel with reefer plugs for 330. It is on THE Alliance's AL5 service, coming from Antwerp. Several sister ships are committed to this run, including the NYK Nebula built in 2007 by Hyundai, Ulsan, one of twelve ships of the same NYK Daedalus design. It appears lightly loaded and was creating quite a bow wave.

Activity at Autoport centered around Morning Cecilie a 60,876 gt, 22,699 dwt ship, built in 2008 by Imabari Zosen in Marugame, Japan. Its capacity is reported as 6,502 cars.

The ship is on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen transatlantic service and recent ports have been Antwerp (February 21-23), Bremerhaven (February 24-26), Goteborg (February 28- March 1) and Southampton (March 3-5). On departure today it gave New York as its destination. The Port of New York and New Jersey has three different pre-delivery auto processor companies, and other RoRo facilities centered around the Port Newark gateway.

As reported in yesterday's post, the tanker Rossi A. Desgagnés moved from Irving Oil's Woodside terminal today. It took the place at number 3 dock of the Algotitan which sailed for CornerBrook.

                                                                     Algotitan outbound. 

The Halifax memorial cross at Point Pleasant is visible just beyond the ship's bow. It commemorates those lost in World War I and World War II who have no known graves.

The Rossi A. Desgagnés off the Imperial Oil docks.

The tug Roseway stands by inside the #3 dock, to take the ship's headlines. The ship still has cargo on board, so will likely be unloading at Imperial Oil.


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