Saturday, March 16, 2024

Sonderborg for Tropical

 Tropical Shipping's weekly service from Halifax to the Caribbean has been using the gearless container ship Sonderborg since January 29, 2024 in place of the Tropical Lissette which has been switched to more southern routes. Tropic Hope remains on the Halifax run.

Sonderborg was built in 2012 as Sonderborg Strait by Nanjing Wujiazui, and is a 12,514 gt, 14,222 dwt ship with a capacity of 1085 TEU including 250 reefers. It dropped the "Strait" from its name in 2017.

Normally the Tropical ships arrive at PSA Halifax Atlantic Gateway on Mondays, but this week Sonderborg did not arrive on Monday, March 11, but instead arrived on Thursday, March 13 and instead of tying up at Pier 42 (which was occupied by other ships) it went to Pier 27. That pier has no container cranes. To work cargo there, it must have used mobile cranes since it has no cranes of its own.

The Sonderborg sailed this afternoon, March 16 for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Tropic Hope is due Monday March 18 from Limetree Bay USVI on the regularly scheduled date. 


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