Saturday, July 8, 2023

Manon delivers to 9C

 The Wallenius Wilhelmsen auto carrier Manon made a two point call in Halifax July 7-8. Arriving first at Autoport early on the morning of July 7, it spent the day unloading cars. In the early evening it moved to Pier 9C in the Richmond terminals and unloaded machinery, and surprisingly - more cars.

This is the first time that I can recall that cars have been unloaded at Pier 9C. There appear to be about 200 Volvos. Volvos (some of which are manufactured in Belgium) were presumably loaded at Manon's last port of call which was Zeebrugge.

Volvo imports usually arrive on ACL ships (these are likely the Swedish built ones) and are off loaded at Fairview Cove. Neither Fairview Cove, nor Pier 9C have facilities to load cars onto double decker railway auto racks, so these cars will presumably be trucked to various destinations.

Autoport, which is owned by CN Rail, also has facilities for vehicle prepping and accessory installation, and also stores cars for "on demand" delivery to distribution centres across the country.

The Volvos unloaded at Pier 9C have the usual coverings and protection pads placed on import cars for shipping. These will presumably be removed when they reach a distribution centre or even a dealership.

The Manon was built for Wallenius Lines in 1999 by Daewoo, Okpo, and lengthened 8.6 meters in 2005. It is now rated at 67,264 gt, 28,360 dwt with a capacity of 7194 CEU and with a 125 tonne SWL stern ramp.

The ship unloaded a great deal of other cargo at Pier 9C. In addition to the usual agricultural, forestry and mining equipment, it also  carried some shrink wrapped motor boats, many wooden crates on Mafi trailers, and some mystery objects.

What appear to be sheerlegs components* are labelled "Weeks", presumably for Weeks Marine, the large US dredging and marine construction company (owned since January 1, 2023 by Kiewit Corporation and in turn the owners of McNally Marine in Canada).

The Manon sailed in the afternoon of July 8.

Manon as it appeared on a previous visit, March 27, 2022.


On closer examination, it seems that the large red objects are in fact boom components for an E-Crane (or Equilibrium crane) manufactured in Belgium, for use in material handling - particularly dredging, scrap metal handling and aggregates.


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