Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Vehicles carrier AIDA called again at Autoport today 19th April 2011.A regular caller at Halifax the Wallenius Line vessel was built in 2006 by Daewoo,Okpo,South Korea.
IMO No: 9316139. Flag: Sweeden Call Sign:SBLI
Gross Tonnage: 60,942 tons,DWT 21,500 tons,Net 48,704 tons.
LOA 200m Beam 32m Dr 9m.
Machinery: Single shaft diesel MAN B&W 7560MC-C @19,198BHP.
File photo taken at Eastern Passage on 24th May 2010.


Bulkcarrier MALMNES called at Halifax again for bunkers this week,clearing the Port early on April 19th. She is a regular caller on her runs North from South American and Caribbean destinations. Built in 1993 in the Netherlands,she is owned and operated by Erik Trun,A/B,Sweeden.
Type: Self-discharging bulk carrier.
Gross Tonnage:5,883 tons. DWT: 9,891 tons.
LOA 126.8m Beam 15.9m Dr 7.8m.
Machinery: Single shaft diesel @ 3,280KWs = 13.5 knots.
Flag: Norway International Shipping
Call Sign:LAQX4
IMO no: 8918631

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Hapag-Lloyds containership DRESDEN EXPRESS arriving in the Bedford Basin on a foggy 14th April 2011. She is very lightly loaded, a sign of the downturned World Economy!
Tugs assist with turning and berthing.The ACL Ro-Ro/Containerships are among the few capable of doing these manouevers themselves,sans tugs.
Backing down to berth. Dresden Express was built in 1991. GRT 53,833 tons. Container capacity 4,639TEU. Vessel operates on the PAX ,or Pacific Atlantic Route via Panama (Asia ,N.America East and West and Northern Europe.).The ships on this service call at Halifax on both East and West Atlantic crossings. Registered/owned in Germany with Call Sign DHDE. IMO No.8902533.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


GENCO PIONEER inbound passing BIO in the Bedford Basin on 13th April 2011 with Atlantic Willow providing escort through the Narrows to anchorage.
Pilot boat retrives her pilot from Genco Pioreer at Anchorage No 8.
GENCO PIONEER brought up to anchor in the Bedford Basin on April 13th 2011.
Built in 1999 by Oshima Shipbuilding Co Ltd,Oshima,Japan as Top Pioneer,renamed Genco Pioneer March 2005. IMO No: 9197935.
LOA 170m LPP 162m B 26m D 14.1m Draught 10.0m.
GRT 18,036 DWT 29,952 Net 10,227 tons.
Machinery: Single shaft diesel model 6S46MC @ 6,393 KWs = 14.5 knots.
Gear: 4 X 30 ton SWL.
Owner:Genco Shipping and Trading,New York,NY.
Manager: Wallem Shipmanagement,Hong Kong.
Flag: Hong Kong,China
Call Sign: VRY14


Containership ZIM PANAMA spotted inbound for Halterm today 13th April 2011.File photo shows her here on 15th of September last year.
Built 2002 by Hyundai Heavy Industries,Ulsan,S.Korea.
GRT53,453 tons. DWT 66,686 tons.
Capacity 4,839 TEU with 500 reefers.
LOA 294.1m Beam 32.2 m (Panamax) Draught 13.5 m
Machinery: Single shaft diesel Model B&W 9K90MC-C @ 41,693 KWs=24 knots.
Owner: Asset Finance December W,U.K.
Manager:Zodiac Maritime
Flag: United Kingdom
Call Sign:VSWW5

Monday, April 11, 2011


On 16th April 1945 the Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS ESQUIMALT was carrying out a routine sonar sweep in the approaches to Halifax when she was torpedoed by German U-Boat, U-190,rapidly sinking before a distress call could be sent. Fourty-four of her crew were lost before rescue,most from exposure. With the war ending with Germany within weeks the loss of so many so close to home was particularly heart rending. Such is war. The U-boat surrendered to the R.C.N at wars end and eventually was used for a time by the Navy.It was sunk by RCN ships and aircraft on Trafalgar Day a few years later just off Halifax.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Bulk carrier NORDCAP bunkering from ALGOMA DARTMOUTH at Anchorage No 8,Bedford Basin early AM on 6th April 2011.
Preparing to get underway from anchorage.
Outbound from the Basin anchorage at noon on April 6th 2011.
Outbound for La Baie,Quebec with bauxite for the Rio Tinto Alcan plant from the Bedford Basin,Halifax on 6th April 2011.Nordcap is registered in Denmark, call sign OYFT2. Owners NORDEN,Denmark. Ship is dedicated to service for Rio Tinto Alcan and has been extensively modified to operate in the heavy fresh water ice of the Saguenay/St Lawerance rivers. Built 2002.DWT 77,292 tons. LOA 225m beam 30m Draught 13.2m.IMO No 9253181.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Deploying the counter weights.
Preparing the spreader bars and slings.
Lower away together.
A successful off-load accomplished. Well done FAIRLANE.

Monday, April 4, 2011


The new Rio Tinto Alcan tug FJORD ETERNITE arrived at Halifax on Monday April 4th aboard the heavy lift vessel FAIRLANE. Built in 2006.Previously named Svitzer Nana and Stvens Icecap the tug is now registered in Canada with call sign CFN5465! Pretty quick work.
IMO No:9364368.
LOA 30m Beam 10m Draught 5.8m.
Will be interesting to watch the launch.


JUMBO SHIPPING's heavy load carrier FAIRLANE arrived in the Bedford Basin on Monday April 4th with an unusual load, a newly purchased tug for the Rio Tinto Alcan operations at La Baie,Quebec. It will be interesting to see the off-load of this one as these lifts are usually carried out a Pier 9. a bit different when the load is to be placed in the aqua! Counter weights (pontoons) are placed on one side to facilitate the load imbalance as the cranes boom out. A tricky bit of work alongside,or at anchor.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Containership OOCL ANTWERP called at Halifax again today April 3rd 2011.She is shown her on her first call at Halifax on 23rd January this year.
Built in 2006 by Koyo Dockyard,Imabari,Japan.
IMO No: 9307011.
Length 280m Beam 40m Draught 12.3m.
GRT 66,462 tons. DWT 66,940 tons. Net Tonnage: 25,100 tons.
Container capacity: 5,888 TEU with 500 reefers.
Machinery: Single shaft diesel @ 57,200 KWs =25 knots.
Manager:Shulte Ship Management.
Owner:Los Halillos Shipping Co.,Imabari,Japan.
Flag: Panama Call Sign: 3EFS3

Saturday, April 2, 2011


National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (NSCSA) Ro-Ro/Container vessel SAUDI HOFUF called at Halifax on April 1st 2011. A regular caller at the port. Photo shot in the aooroaches to Halifax on Sept 18th 2010.
IMO No:8121769
Built by Kokums,AB ,Malmo,Sweeden in 1983.
GRT 44,171 tons DWT 42,600 tons.
Net Tonnage:15,209 tons.
LOA 248 Beam 32 D 9.1 (M).
Flag: Saudi Arabia
Call Sign: HZZC