Sunday, May 24, 2015

CSL and minerals

Canada Steamship Lines and its affiliate CSL International  have a large fleet of self-unloading ships to carry a variety of bulk cargoes. Today there were two CSL ships in Halifax, one from each side of the equation.

Atlantic Huron backs away from pier 26, and despite sounding its horn, at least two pleasure craft dared to cross the ship's track. 
Atlantic Huron, a member of the domestic fleet, completed unloading a cargo of grain (likely corn) and sailed for Lower Cove, Newfoundland. Located on the Port au Port Peninsula, Lower Cove is the shipping point for Atlantic Minerals Ltd, a large producer of limestone and dolomite, essential ingredients in steel and cement making and other industries. Two links will provide some idea of the vast scale of reserves in the area.

Despite the ship's somewhat rugged appearance, it has freshly painted white forecastle, and the flat sides down to the belt line. The tapered portions of bow and stern are next. The red hull colour is traditional for CSL's domestic fleet.

CSL Tacoma, as a member of the international fleet CSL Americas, has a black hull. It has just boarded its pilot and is working its way in.

Inbound was CSL Tacoma (the ships passed each other out beyond the pilot station), heading to National Gyspum to load a cargo for the USA. It arrived in ballast from the Norfolk area, which is unusual - the ship often delivers coal to Caper Breton, and also loads aggregates there. It is one of the new series of ships built in China for CSL called the Trillium class.

CSL Tacoma was keeping to the east side of the channel, to give room for the outbound Maersk Penang.

With pilot aboard, Maersk Penang makes its way to the pilot disembarking area, about a mile or so farther out.

Once clear of the outbound ship, the CSL Tacoma has the channel to itself.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Roundup

The officially renamed Fundy Rose was turned at Pier 9B this afternoon. The ship's port side has been repainted from the shoreside after the installation of new liferaft launching equipment. It will now be the turn for portions of the starboard side.

Fundy Rose comes off the pier, showing the 'blisters" on the hull for the liferaft system.

The ship's former name, Blue Star Ithaki will be burned off bow and stern and the liferaft gear will be installed before repainting. Sadly it appears that the ship's new name will only be painted on - no steel letters welded on. Also yet to come will be the Bay Ferries logo.

The ship is still carrying the temporary name Canada 2014 on its starboard bow and stern, and the old liferaft system.
The ship did not use its own engines for the move, but did have a working bow thruster, and the tugs Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Willow provided the power. The ships auxiliary engines were also running to to provide power to the mooring winches.

The ship's bow thruster exerts considerable force.

 Now bow south, the ship is nearly back alongside.

 Atlantic Huron, looking fairly rugged, works off its cargo at pier 26.

At pier 26, Atlantic Huron was unloading the first grain cargo of the season since the St.Lawrence Seaway opened. The veteran self-unloader has been an off and on visitor with grain and to load gypsum for many years.

Forklifts haul away the cargo of bagged nickel concentrate.

Meanwhile at the other deepwater piers, there was more activity. HC Melina at pier 31 was unloading bagged nickel concentrate from Cuba for Nirint Shipping. A newcomer to Halifax, the ship was built in 2011 as Flinterschelde by Ben Kien Shipyard in Haiphong, Viet Nam. It joined IMM Shipping of Germany in 2011 and took its present name. The ship measures 6577 grt, 9120 dwt, has a capacity of 505 TEU and carries a pair of 80 tonne cranes that can work in combination for 160 tonne lifts.

At pier 36 all was quiet aboard Sina, which arrived last night for Melfi Lines. After its last arrival April 11, it went back out to sea to exchange ballast  water.

This time it appears to be in ballast, with no cargo. Melfi had Helene J. here on Tuesday, so there may not be much cargo for this ship. In any event it is not scheduled to sail until May 27.

Fusion has its pilot aboard and is about to weigh anchor.

Yesterday pier 36 was occupied by Fusion on its regular St-Pierre et Miquelon run. It went to anchor overnight and sailed this morning.

Nolhanava in the foreground, with Algoma Dartmouth at pier 33 in the background.

Meanwhile its replacement Nolhanava ex Shamrock is still at pier 34, with some maintenance work going on, but no indication of when it will actually go into service. It still carries the Thien and Hyenga funnel markings of its previous managers. I expect that to change, and its name too, before it enters service.


USS Virginia

 Attended by CNAV Glenside and several small craft, USS Virginia has passed Meagher's Beach inbound. A 200 meter exclusion zone was declared around the sub during its transit.

The submarine USS Virginia SSN-744 arrived this morning and tied up at Shearwater, Jetty November Alpha. The lead vessel of the Virginia-class of nuclear submarines was laid down September 2, 1999,and launched August 16, 2003 by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT. It was commissioned October 23, 2004 and is also based in Groton. It completed a 20 month overhaul in March 2012.

 There is quite a crowd gathered on the sub's conning tower, including a civilian pilot from the Atlantic Pilotage Authority

As it nears Ives Knoll, the deck crew emerges. The pup tugs Listerville and Granville were waiting to assist in berthing at Shearwater.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Zim London - new to us

An empty container ship arrived at Halterm today. Zim London has apparently been shifted from one route to another, starting in Halifax, and so arrived with no containers on board. Its name does not appear on any Zim schedules, so it may be and addition or a substitution.
It has recently been operating between the Mediterranean and western Europe.

Zim London at pier 42 Halterm with empty decks.

Rainy weather greeted the ship, hence the lousy photo, but it does show the deck frames all empty.
Zim London was built as APL London by Koyo Dockyard Co in Mihara, Japan in 2008 for a Zodiac Maritime subsidiary, and placed on a five year charter to APL. On completion of that stint in 2013, it became Zim London. The ship flies the British flag, and measures 71,786 grt, 72,982 dwt, with a container capacity of 6350 TEU, including 500 reefers.



The Leroy and Barry II returned to port this morning with a load of herring, and judging by the number of trucks lined up at pier 24, more boats are due.

The chute has positioned over the hatch on the tank truck.

The herring are caught at night and rushed to port where they are pumped ashore for processing in southwest Nova Scotia. To maximize sea time for the boats, the catch is unloaded at the nearest port, and that happens to be Halifax right now. As the herring move farther north that will change.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Atlantic Project II

Atlantic RoRo Carriers (ARRC) make occasional calls in Halifax, on their operation between St.Petersburg, Russia to Baltimore, New Orleans and Tampa. Long time users of Astrakhan-class ships, ARRC are now adding newer vessels. I featured the Astrakhans back in January:
The newer ships do not have the the RoRo capability, but still have extensive Lift On -Lift Off  equipment.

Today's arrival was Atlantic Project II, built in 2002 by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co, measuring 23,132 grt, 30,586 dwt, with a capacity of 1861 TEU (including 150 reefers). Its most impressive characteristic is its cranes. Two are rated at 50 tonnes and two at 100 tonnes. They are able to work in tandem for 200 tonne lifts.
Prior to being acquired by Baltic Mercur JSC of St.Petersburg in 2014, the ship carried the names Antonio-14, Hyundai Jumbo-11, CCNI Antartico-07, CCNI Magallenes-07, Cape Dyer-03. A sister ship Baltic Mercur II also sails for Atlantic RoRo Carriers, reviving the name of a n Astrakhan previously in the fleet.

Atlantic Project II was only docked at Halterm for a few hours this morning and sailed at noon time.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Busy, but foggy and drizzly

A oslty drizzly day cleared off somewhat giving a chance to see most of the departures.

A new to Halifax autocarrier Paganino got a bit ahead of me departing Autoport. Built in 2009 as CSAV Rio Tata, it was renamed last year when it was acquired by the legendary Laiesz Reederei of Rostock.

Paganino - not under sail, passes a boat that is.

A product of the Yangfan Group in Zhoushan the 47,020 grt, 11,4373 dwt ship now carries a name beginning with the letter "P" as have all the Laiesz ships, going back to the age of sail when the Flying P Line was world famous for its Cape Horners. While this ship perhaps does not have the elegance of one of those mighty square riggers, it does carry their colour scheme of white boot top, black hull and white "upper works".

A return visit from the impressive Disney Magic allowed for a comparison with its appearance before it was "reeimagineered" in 2013 by the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain. A 20 foot long "ducktail" to improve stability seems to be the only noticeable exterior sign of that work. The 1998 built ship's tonnage increased from 83,338 to 83,969 . The ship was built by Fincantieri's Breda yard in Marghera, with forepart built by the Ancona yard.Here are some befores and some afters.

2012 appearance (above) and 2015 (below).

 The attractive stern before (above) has been altered radically (below) by additional of the Donald Ducktail.

CCGC Sambro seen pacing Disney Magic outbound, had responded to a pleasure craft in trouble in the harbour, and was returning to base in Sambro. While crossing the Magic's wake, it met up with a few good breaking waves.

An impressive ship in it own way, APL Scotland sailed a few minutes earlier. It came from the Samsung yard in Koje and measures 65,792 grt, 68,018 dwt, with a capacity of 5762 TEU (including 656 reefers).

Meanwhile we did get a return visit from the herring fleet.
 It was a highly nostalgic scene at pier 24 when Margaret Elizabeth No.1's crew set about mending their seine net. Usually the net is stowed on deck, and it is difficult to imagine its size. Some hint of that, and how the net is hauled using power blocks and its boom, can be imagined. The stainless steel chute for pumping the fish is mounted just abaft the bridge.
Meanwhile Leroy and Barry II was taking fuel at the Tall Ship Quay while Lady Melissa idled at Bishop's Landing.