Monday, January 29, 2024

Untropical arrival

 The Sonderberg arrived today, January 29, from St.Thomas, Virgin Islands for Tropical Shipping. To say that the day was untropical is an understatement. Heavy snow, amounting to perhaps 15 cm (6 inches) and high winds reduced visibility and limited travel (schools were closed, etc.,) and therefore no photo as I did not leave comfortable world headquarters of Ship Central.

The ship appears to be an addition to the usual Tropic Hope and Tropic Lissette that maintain Tropical's weekly service from Halifax to Palm Beach, FL, San Juan Puerto Rico and various Caribbean islands directly or by feeder. 

 The Sonderborg is a 12,514 gt, 14,222 dwt  gearless container ship with a capacity of 1085 TEU including 200 reefers. It was built in 2012 by Nanjing Wujiazui. It will be back again February 5 and 19, so there may be a chance for a photo then.

The regular ships Tropic Hope built in 2018 and Tropic Lissette built in 2019 by Guangzhou Wenchong are 15,215 gt, 20,325 dwt / 20, 313 dwt respectively, with a capacity of 1145 TEU including 260 reefers and carry two 45 tonne SWL cranes.Both have recently completed their five year surveys and appear to be following normal routes, but may have been knocked off schedule by weather. The ships have been calling here since they entered service in 2019, while Tropical Shipping shifted its operations from Saint John to Halifax in 2017.

There is no mistaking a Tropical Shipping container. 


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