Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bumper to Bumper at piers 27 and 28 and OOCL again

Squeezing two ships into piers 27 and 28 today meant one ship has it bow projecting out in to the harbour. That ship is Onego Pioneer with a load of rails from Poland for CN. It berthed stern inward permitting it to work its cargo and to leave room for Genco Ardennes to load grain at pier 28.

Onego Pioneer stern inward at pier 27.
Onego Pioneer has had an interesting career since it was built by Jingjiang Shipyard in China in 1999 as Atlantic Pionner for the beneficial ownership of Intership Navigation Co-op Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is a multi-purpose ship of 12,993 grt and 17,451 dwt. It has removable tweendecks in its three holds and can carry 984 TEU, but it is more likely to carry general cargo handled by it pair of 40 tonne cranes.
In 2001 it was chartered to Seaboard Shipping and renamed Seaboard Pioneer, and in 2007 to Fednav and renamed Federal Pioneer, recalling the name of a previous Fednav ship. In 2001  it took up another charter as CCNI Tumbes until 2013 when it reverted to its original name Atlantic Pioneer. Earlier this year it began a charter to Onego Shipping and Chartering took the name Onego Pioneer.

The ship called here for bunkers in  2011 as Federal Pioneer.

Federal Pioneer's usual layup berth at Purdy's Wharf.

The original Federal Pioneer was a wartime built "Park Boat", Outremont Park, a product of Montreal Shipyard in 1944. A typical North Sands type Victory ship, it measured 7,158 grt and 10,697 dwt. It was powered by a triple expansion steam engine built by Dominion Engineering Works. Following service with the Canadian government owned Park Steamship Co in 1946 it was sold to Funress Canada and renamed Brazilian Prince. It went into service for Prince Line until 1958 when it was sold to Federal Commerce + Navigation Co Ltd [now known as Fednav] becoming Federal Pioneer.and transferred from British to Canadian registry in 1959. It worked on Northern Supply work every year until 1969 with occasional off season deep sea work, but also including the winter of 1960-61 spent in Toronto with a storage cargo of corn.
The ship was based in Halifax and as it aged it worked less and less and became a fixture on the waterfront during long layups from fall to summer.

Just out of drydock, the ship is tied up at the old dolphins which have now been removed and the area  filled in to become the new pier 8. The Tuft's Cove generating station of the Nova Scotia Light + Power Co has recently opened and only has one chimney. At the ship's bow is the former Volvo assembly plant.

After the 1970 northern supply trip it was sold to Taiwan breakers and arrived in Hsinkiang January 21, 1971 after a fueling stop in Honolulu. [I have been unable to locate Hsinkiang, but that is how the port is spelled in various reliable sources.]

Meanwhile at pier 28 Genco Ardennes was squeezed in later this morning to the point where no reasonable photos were possible. Maybe I will get to see it on departure.

Genco Ardennes began to take fuel the moment it was secured at pier 28.

The ship was built in 2009 by Yangzhou Dayang Shipyard in Yangzhou, China as Tabor and measures 32,837 grt, 57,790 dwt. In 20910 it was acquired by Genco Ship Management of New York, but is managed by Wallem Ship Management of Hong Kong.
Its grain cargo has been arriving by rail for some time and the elevator has been running overtime.

This afternoon's arrival was OOCL Southampton on the G6 service with Hapag-Lloyd and other partners. I missed the ship's first arrival September 8,. Built to the typical post-Panamax pattern by Samsung, Koje in 2007 it is an 8063 TEU ship (including 1400 reefers) of 89,097 grt, 99,518 dwt. The ship went right through to Fairview Cove.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Zim Iberia arrives off Chittagong

The end is near for a one time Halifax caller. Zim Iberia arrived at the Chittagong anchorages today, and will soon be headed to the scrappers. It was reported in October 2014 that the ship had been sold to Indian breakers for scrap, and so it is a little surprising that it would take this long to get there. Of course Chittagong is in Bangladesh, so it is possible that the ship has been bought and sold several times over the past year.

Zim Iberia approaches Halterm ion a foggy day in 2003.

Built in 1997 by Howaldswerke Deutsche-Werft in Kiel, Germany, the ship was a good size for its day, at 41,507 grt, 45,850 dwt with a capacity of 3429 TEU. We are told that 3500 TEU ships are no longer efficient since ships of twice or more the size can be operated with about the same crew and the price to carry per box is dramatically lower, even with the larger engines required for bigger ships.

Zim Iberia called in Halifax from the time it was new (replacing another ship of the same name) until August 12, 2006 when it was reassigned. It operated for its entire career for Zim, initially under the Israeli flag but since 2008 under the Liberian flag.

It is certainly a sign of the times that an 18 year old ship would be sent to the breakers.


Morning Margareta

It was not exactly morning in Margaritaville at Autoport today. Blustery would be more like it, with gusty high wind and rain at times heavy, but this did not dampen the process of unloading another batch of European autos.


The seemingly inexhaustible demand for German cars continues and Autoport is going full out to keep up with the  wave of incoming BMWs, Audis and Volkswagens.

The distinctively named Morning Margareta is making its first ever call today, and carries the EUKOR billboard (for EURope KORea), but carries whatever cars are on offer as it works it way around the world circuit. Owned by United Ocean Enterprise in Singapore, the ship also flies the Singaporean flag. It was built in 2008 by Tsuneishi Dockyard in Tadotsu, Japan and measures 51,917 grt, 17,386 dwt and has a capacity 5,340 cars.
The EUKOR fleet numbers nearly seventy owned and time chartered pure car carriers (PCCs) and pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs), many with the "Morning" names and others with "Asian".


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Two tankers and not much else but the Louis

It was a wet and windy day in Halifax with very little harbour avctivity. During a brief lull in the weather I was able squeeze of a couple of shots of tankers at Imperial Oil.

Gotland Carolina was at number 4 dock.

With four beefy headlines out due to high wind, Gotland Carolina is well secured at number 4 dock Imperial Oil.

Built at Guangzhou International Shipyard in China in 2006, the 29,203 grt, 53,160 dwt ship is built for winter navigation, and was last here January 7, 2015 with a a light coating of frozen spray. Hafnia Ship Management of Hellerup Denmark operates the ship. On this trip it arrived November 20 and is due to sail early tomorrow morning.

The Panama flag tanker High Strength arrived at number 3 dock yesterday.

High Strength also has its lines out too, but they are not as visible in the misty air.

A more typical looking handysize tanker of 28,231 grt, 46,592 dwt, it appears to be more suited to tropical conditions and even has awning frames on its bridge wings. Unlike most of the handysizes we see, this one was built in Japan, by Naiki Shipyard in Setoda and even more unusual it is owned by DM Shipping Ltd of Dublin, Ireland, but is managed by Ishima Pte Ltd of Singapore.

Also in port CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent arrived at the Bedford Institute from the North Pole. Both CCGS Terry Fox and the Louis visited that spot this summer, and is making a fairly late return south.

The original, unrebuilt CGS Louis S. St-Laurent in the graving dock at Halifax Shipyard in 1970.

Argentia, NL  is supposedly the base for the Louis but she fits in better here. Lets hope the new government, which has vowed to fix the Coast Guard, with its own minister in cabinet, erases this fiction of St.John's bring a better base for CG icebreakers.(Maybe they'll get the red funnel band back too.)
Too bad the shipyard has no capability of drydocking the ship anymore, since the graving dock is tied up full time with FELEX refits and the floating docks are gone.

Sailing from Halifax in January 2014. The ship is here almost as much as if it was based here anyway.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

CMA CGM Dalila and heavy weather for shipping

As CMA CGM works its way through the Columbus loop lineup of 17 ships, we continue to get a first time caller every week. This week it is CMA CGM Dalila, flying the French flag and owned directly by CMA CGM.

CMA CGM Dalila looms out of the mist and rain on its approach to Halterm at noon time.

Samsung Shipbuilding + Heavy Industries in Koje, South Korea delivered the ship n 2011 and it measures 96,817 grt, 109,021 dwt with a container capacity of 8465.

Despite a positive outlook for increased tonnage through the port off Halifax - thanks largely to the added CMA CGM - shipping is still ailing world wide. The Asia-Europe trade particularly is over-tonnaged.

Maersk - the largest container line- is perhaps the first to blink. They have recently announced 4,000 job cuts (from a staff of 23,000) by the end of 2017. They are also cutting 35 vessel sailings this winter and closing four services entirely by the end of 2016. One of the new giant triple E ships, Morten Maersk will be laid up for six weeks.
On top of all that Maersk will not exercise options for six more triple E ships (19,630 TEU),
will not exercise options on two 3,600 TEU feeders, and will delay option dates for eight 14,000 TEU ships.

On the Atlantic, which has been healthier, CMA CGM appears to be here to stay in Halifax, but its arriving ships still seem to be sailing at less than capacity, judging by their draft.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

BBC Northsea - bunker stop

The general cargo ship BBC Northsea put in for bunker this evening.

The ship was built in 2000 by Stocnia Gdynia in Poland and belongs to the large Briese fleet of Leer, Germany. The ships of the fleet are fitted to carry unusual and specialized cargos, and this has a pair of 80 tonne cranes that can work in tandem for a 160 tonne lift. A large spreader is stowed athwartships up forward at the break of the forecastle. The ship measures 6,204 grt, 7,661 dwt.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nolhanava - report from the Where Are They Now Department

Since its brief tenure (for the second time) on the Halifax St-Pierre run, the RoRo Nolhanava has been doing some traveling.

It sailed form Halifax October 3 and was next reported in Colon, Panama. Next heard from it was in Papeete, Tahiti November 14. It has sailed from there is giving Nantong, China as its next port, due there December 5.

Meanwhile the conventional cargo ship Dinkeldiep carries on the St-Pierre service, using flat rack containers to lift-on, lift-off wheeled cargo.

Nolhanava's predecessor Fusion is reported in Guayaquil Ecuador.