The Panama flag bulk carrier Santa Ines made a brief call in Halifax today, June 9. The ship was only in port long enough for the Canadian Food Inpsection Agency to conduct an examination for invasive species - primarily Asian Spongy Moth (ASM) - a tropical moth that lays eggs near lighting fixtures on ships. The larvae can remain more or less dormant for extended periods, but if they hatch, the moths can fly some distance and pose a threat to Canadian forests. Ships that have been in tropical Asian regions recently require clearance before proceeding to Canadian ports, and Halifax is the usual stopping off point for inspection.
The Santa Ines was built in 2019 by Tadotsu Shipyard Co in Tadotsu, Japan for the trading conglomerate Tokyo Sangyo. It is a 35,834 gt, 63,449 dwt ship equipped with four 30 tonne SWL cranes and carries its own bucket grabs.
The ship arrived from Poland and Sweden and is destined for Trois-Rivières, QC - likely to load grain.
In the photo the pilot boat Scotia Pilot accompanies the ship outbound to the pilot station off Chebucto Head where it will disembark the harbour pilot.