Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Catching up

Due to weather for the last two days several ship arrivals and departures were delayed until pilotage operations resumed this morning. (See also yesterday's post.) 

The bulk carrier CSL Tacoma returning from Baltimore for another load of gypsum was the first arrival (The ship was here March 2-3 and loaded for Baltimore). Pictured in these posts countless times, it is a 43,691 gt, 71,552 dwt self-unloader, built in 2013 by Changxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China.

As the CSL Tacoma made its way toward Gold Bond Gyspum CCGS Earl Grey departed the Bedford Institute for SAR patrol east, and possibly the Gulf of St.Lawrence. A large quantity of gas pipe is accumulating at Pier 9C prior to be shipped out at some point.

In the meantime things were busy at the southend container terminal operated by PSA Halifax as the Atlantic Gateway. ONE Grus arrived very early Sunday, March 10 and sailed at 0900 hrs ADT this morning March 12 once pilotage operations had resumed. As per new regulations instituted in January, the ship used two stern tethered escort tugs outbound.

As noted in the previous post, the ship is eastbound sailing via the Cape of Good Hope to avoid the Red Sea and is giving an ETA of April 15 for Singapore, with no intermediate stops.

Soon after, the next inbound also made for Pier 42. It is an unusual ship for the Ocean Alliance service and may have been added to the usual rotation of 15,000 TEU ships on the PSW3 + AWE3 rotation to make up for the extra long transit times due to the dangerous conditions in the Red Sea. The ship sailed from Colombo February 10.After passing Cape Town it called in Tanger Med  March 3-4. Zodiac Maritime ships have been targeted in the Red Sea, so they are staying well clear of the area.


The Erving was built by Hyundai Samho in 2011 for charter to Maersk as Maersk Erving. In 2011 it became CMA CGM Erving for another charter then in 2014 reverted to Maersk Erving. It became Erving in 2017 under Zodiac Maritime management. The 142,052 gt, 141,377 dwt ship has a capacity of 13,092 TEU including 1,000 reefers.


The next arrival was also an unusual one, and possibly also the result of re-routing. The Höegh Transporter dates from 1999 when it was delivered by Stocznia Gdynia in Poland. The 57,757 gt, 16,747 dwt (or 21,300 dwt) ship has a capacity of 6,500 CEU, and carries a 150 tonne SWL stern ramp.

Instead of arriving from the usual north Europe or Mediterranean ports, this ship is arriving originally from Masan, Korea (January 30) and Nagoya and Kawasaki, Japan (February 1-4) via the Panama Canal (February 27) then Kingston, Jamaica (February 29 - March 1), Jacksonville (March 4-6) and Dundalk (Baltimore) (March 8-9).

In January Höegh Autoliners announced a four year contract to deliver unnamed Asian-built Electric Vehicles (EVs) to Europe. If this is the first trip, it may also be delivering some vehicles to North America too, now that ships are avoiding the Red Sea.

Such is the demand for auto carriers these days, particularly in Asia, that even ships of this age are kept running. (Its next big survey is due no later than May 30.)


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