Wednesday, May 22, 2024

CAM CGM Zephyr

 Another large* sized container ship arrived today May 22 (yesterday it was ONE Cygnus with a  capacity 14,026 TEU) for the PSA Atlantc Gateway terminal. CMA CGM Zephyr secured at mid-berth, Pier 41-42.

The most recent extension to the pier allows for two Ultra* size ships at the same time. The CMA CGM Zephyr was due yesterday, May 21, but stood by offshore until the berth was clear. The ONE Cygnus occupied Pier 41 and the smaller MSC Leigh was at Pier 42 yesterday.


The CMA CGM Zephyr turning off the pier in the early morning sun.

Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding Co Ltd delivered the ship in August 2021. It is a 154,995 gt, 156,198 dwt ship with a capacity of 15,536 TEU. It measures 366m length overall, 51m breadth and 30.2m depth of hull. It maximum draft is 16 meters, and was reporting 15 meters today.

The ship sailed from Tanger Med, Morocco, and May 14. Its previous port of call was Colombo April 21-22. Based on that lengthy passage it is safe to assume that the ship avoided the Red Sea / Suez route and instead sailed via the Cape of Good Hope.

The CMA CGM Zephyr is certainly a large ship, but not the largest to call in Halifax. That honour resides with the CMA CGM Marco Polo 176,546 gt, 187,625 dwt, 16,020 TEU, and 396m x 53.6m x 29.9m. The world's largest container ships now exceed 24,000 TEU and will not be calling in Halifax at any time in the near future. 


*The term Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) or Ultra Large Container Ship (ULCS) has been assigned to ships with a capacity of more than 20,000 TEU. Ships of 10,000 to 20,000 TEU are now called Very Large Container Ships (VLCS).


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