Monday, September 19, 2011


CRYSTAL SYMPHONY alongside Pier 22 on 18th September 2011. NYK Line's 1995 built cruiser is one of the prettier vessels visiting recently.She carries 922 passengers and a crew of 545. GRT 51,944 tons. Registered in the Bahamas.
LE BOREAL at Pier 23 on 18th September 2011. Back again after a brief excursion into the Gulf of St Lawerance. See earlier post.
Cruiseship SILVER WHISPER getting a bit of a nose powdering at Pier 20 on 18th September rounded out the threesome of cruise ships at the Pier 21 complex with a fourth smaller vessel,Akademik Iofee, further along at Ocean Terminals made for quite a busy Sunday on the Halifax waterfront. The Silver Whisper weighs in at a GRT of 28,259 tons ,is Italian owned and registered in the Bahamas.


SE POTENTIA berthing at Pier 30 on 18th September with a load of large wind turbine blades. The special projects vessel was built in 2009 by Snafu Ship Engineering,Taizhou Jiangsu,China and previously named Brattingsborg.

IMO No: 9431472. Gross Tonnage: 9,627 tons.

Fitted with two heavy lift cranes at 150/120 tons and 95/70 tons.

Machinery: Single shaft diesel, Model: Caterpiller 6M43 @ 5,400KWs = 15 knots.

Owned and managed by Danneborg Rederi,Denmark.

Flag: Singapore Call Sign: 9V8833.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Italian registered and managed cruise ship AIDA AURA alongside Pier 23,halifax on September 17th 2011.Built 2003 by Waden Yards MTW,Wismar,Germany.IMO 9221566. GRT 42,289 tons.
LOA 202,LPP 178.3,Beam 28.1,Depth 8.75 , Draught 6.3 (meters).
Machinery: Twin screw diesel electric @ 18,800 KWs. Speed 21 knots.
Owned by Carnival Cruises,Miami,Fla.USA. Managed by Costa Crociere,Genoa,Italy.
Flag: Italy Call Sign: IBNZ

Friday, September 16, 2011


Hurricane Maria did not deter the cruiseship CELEBRITY SUMMIT from calling at Halifax today,Sept 17th 2011. While traffic was minimal in the Port,this big Lass got right down to business as usual. A frequent caller here in the "Northern Cruise Season".Photo taken August 20,2010 at Pier 22 Halifax.
IMO No 9192387
Built by STX France,Saint Nazaire in 2001.
Gross Tonnage: 90,280 tons.
LOA 294,LPP 263, Beam 32.3 Depth 10.6, Draught 8.0 (m).
Manager: Celebrity Crusise,Miami,Fla.,U.S.A.
Owner: Royal Caribbean Vruises,Miami,Fla.U.S.A.
Flag: Malta,Call Sign: 9HJC9.


Cruiseship AIDALUNA called again at Halifax on 15th September,11,however photography was problematic with a thick fog in the harbour,so we have a file photo from last Sept 10,10 showing her departing from Pier 21 at George's Island.
IMO no: 9334868
Built 2009 by Meyer Werkt,Papenburg,Germany.
Gross Tonnage: 69,203 tons. LOA 252m Beam 32.2m Draught 7.3m.
Passengers : 2,100, Crew : 607.
Propulsion: Twin screw diesel electric @ 25,000kWs=22.5 knots.
Owner: Carnival,Miami,Fla.,U.S.A. Manager: Costa Crociere,Genoa,Italy.
Registered in Italy with call sign ICLP.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Sweedish auto transporter OTELLO alongside at Autoport,Eastern Passage,Halifax on 14th Sept 2011. She later moved to Halterm and off loaded heavy crated kit before departing evening of 14th. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering,Goeje,South Korea in 2006 and owned and operated by Wallenius Marine,Stockholm,Sweeden. IMO: 9316141
Gross tonnage: 60,942 tons. DWT 22,724 tons. LOA 199m LPP 190m Beam 32.2m Depth 34.7m Draught 11.3m.Machinery: Single screw,diesel.Speed 20.5 knots. Registered in Sweeden.Port: Stockholm Call Sign: SBLW.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Le BOREAL brand spanking new French cruise liner called at Halifax for I believe her first visit to the Port on 14th September 2011. Built by Fincantieri,Trieste,Italy 2010. LOA 142m Beam 18m. IMO 9502506 Flag: France Call Sign: FLSY. A rare bird in these parts is a French liner.
A regular visitor is the Holland-America liner EURODAM. Seen here at Pier 21 bunkering from Algoma Dartmouth on 14th September 2011. Built 2008. LOA 285 m Beam 32,2m. Registered in Netherlands with call sign PHOS.
Nice to see ARCADIA again 14th Sept 2011,not too frequent a caller at Halifax. The ship is registered in Bermuda (British) with call sign ZCDN2. LOA 285m Beam 32,2m Dr 8.1m. IMO No. 9226906.


New Grand Manan Island ferry,GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE has a number of teething problems being corrected at Halships. The vessel docked yesterday (Sept 13,11) in the NOVADOCK,looking rather small in the big Panamax floating dock. She is infact GRT at 6,580 tons. LOA 80.28 Beam 18.5 Depth 13.75 (meters). Built 2011 by Eastern Shipbldg.Grp.,Panama City,Fla.,USA. Owned by N.B. Govt. Flag: Canada Call Sign: XJAV.
Vessel scheduled to return to service within about a week. Nice little ship,hope all the defects get sorted out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Container vessel ZIM VIRGINIA made another scheduled call at Halifax on 10th September 2011.Built 2002 by Hyundai Heavy Industries,South Korea. GRT 53,453 tons DWT 66,686 tons. LOA 294 Beam 32.2 Draught 13.5. Container capacity 4,839 teu with 500 reefers. Machinery; Single shaft diesel model B&W 9K90MC-C @ 41,693KWs = 24 knots.
Owner: YMIR International Ltd,Liberia. Manager: ZIM. Flag:Isreal Call Sign: 4XFV.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Russian tanker PETRODVORETS which had been anchored off Halifax for some time finally entered harbour early on September 11th 2011. Built by Daewoo,S.Korea in 1999 the vessel is owned by SOVFLOTCOM,Moscow and managed by Unicom Management Services,Cyprus and registered in Liberia with callsign ELZP2. GRT 59,731 tons. DWT 105,692 tons. Net Tonnage 31,480 tons. LOA 248 LPP 243 Beam 43.0 Depth 21 Draught 14.3(m). Former name ASTRO SATURN (2001).


MAERSK container vessel MAERSK POLARMO called at Halifax (Halterm) on September 10th,2011.Build 1998. IMO no 9168207. GRT 31,333 tons. DWT 37,842 tons. Containers capacity: 2,902 teu. LOA 210 LPP 197.1 Beam 32.2 Depth 19.4 Draught 12.5 (m). Machinery: Single shaft diesel mod. 8K80MC-C @ 28,880 KWs = 22.5 knots. Flag: Netherlands Call Sign: PDHW.


French police patrol vessel FULMAR P740 alongside at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on a visit to Halifax from its base on St Pierre.
Bow of the FULMAR belies its trawler heritage.Sept 10,11,2011.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Former ADRIATIC BRIDGE,former NORTHERN PRECISION which called recently at Halterm with K-Line has changed fortunes and now operates as CCNI PATAGONIA. IMO no. 9450296. LOA 264m Beam 32M, Flag: Liberia. Call Sign: A8RX3.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BULK CARGO ,Comin and Goin 6th Sept. 2011

Self-discharging bulkcarrier AMBASSADOR arrived early AM at the National Gypsum dock in Wright's Cove,Bedford Basin. Built in 1983 by Port Wheller D.D.,St Catherines.. Former name Canadian Ambassador. IMO No: 8016653.GRT 24,094 tons.LOA 222.0 LPP 217.7 B 23.2 Draught 7.1 (m). Owner: Marbulk Inc.,Canada. Manager: V Ships Ltd. Limmasol,Cyprus.
Flag: Vanuatu C/S: YJWP4.

CSL Group bulkcarrier SALARIUM discharging grain at Ocean Terminals,Pier 26.Once completed here she will load gypsum at Natl. Gypsum,Wright's Cove prior to returning to the Lakes,(Upper Canada). Built 1980 by Collinwood Shipyard,Collingwood,Ontario as NANTICOKE,renamed 2009.. IMO No:7902233. GRT 22,706 tons. DWT 35,686 tons. Net Tonnage: 15,530 tons.LOA 222.5 LPP 216.9 Beam 23.2 Depth 14.18 Draught 9.97(m). Owner: CSL Group ,Montreal,Canada.Manager: V Ships Group,Monaco. Flag: Canada C/S: VCQL.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Containers Keep Moving

Containership EL TORO at Halterm on 6th September 2011. Built as MAYA 2 in 2006. Yard: Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding,Taizhou Jaingsu,China. Owned by Delphis,Antwerp Belgium.GRT 9,957 tons. DWT 13,633 tons, Net Tonnage 5,020 tons. LOA 147.8m LPP 140.3m Beam 23.25m Depth 11.5m Draught 8.5m. Machinery: Single shaft diesel model 7L58/64 @ 9,730KWs = 19.6 knots. Registered in Liberia. Call Sign: A8PQ9.
Containership AKINADA BRIDGE at Halterm on 6th September 2011 (raining). Built in 2001 by Hyundai H.I.,S.Korea. GRT 68,687 tons,DWT 71,366 tons. Net Tonnage 25,395 tons. LOA 284.6 LPP 271.3 Beam 40.0 Depth 24.4 Draught 14.0M. Machinery; Single shaft diesel mod. 2SA11CY @ 59,000KWs = 28.9 knots. Owner: Yammamoto Kaiun,Hiroshima,Japan. Flag: Panama Call Sign: H9PN.
Regular caller at Fairview Cove,Hapag-lloyd's ESSEN EXPRESS in the West berth on a dreary wet 6th September 2011. See Specs on earlier Hapag-Lloyd posts.
New to Halifax CAPE MAYOR makes a second call at Fairview Cove terminal on 6th September 2011. Built in Wismar Germany by Waden Yards MTW in 2007. Gross Tonnage 28,007 tons. DWT 37,909 tons. Net Tonnage 13,574 tons. LOA 222m Lpp 209.6m Beam 29.8m Depth 16.4m Draught 11.4m. Manager/Owner: Columbia Ship Management Deutschland,Hamburg,Germany. Flag: Cyprus Call Sign: C4YD2

Monday, September 5, 2011

BIG IVAN in the Approaches

Big Russian refined products tanker PETRODVORETS anchored East of Chebucto Head,Halifax Approaches over the past week,photographed late on 4th Sept. 2011.

Built in 1999 by Daewoo,S.Korea. Previously named ASTRO SATURN (2001). Owned by SOVCOMFLOT,Moscow and managed by Unicom Management Services,Cyprus.
Gross Tonnage 59,731 tons. DWT 105,692 tons. Net Tonnage 31,480 tons.
LOA 248m LPP 243m Beam 43m Depth 21m Draught 14.3m.
Machinery: Single shaft diesel model 5S70MC MK6 @ 14,249KWs = 15.2 knots.
PETRODVORETS is registered in Liberia with Callsign ELZP2. IMO No. 9186596.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Former Marine Atlantic Ro-Ro /Passenger vessels Caribou (2008 file photo) and J and C Smallwood (below) both called at Halifax for their final bunkering before their Atlantic crossing on 31st August 2011.
Good-bye to the Smallwoods,poor old Joe and Clara looks a bit bedraggled as she bunkers from Algoma Dartmouth in Dartmouth Cove on August 31st in preparation for her Atlantic crossing to Gibraltar. Name shortened to Smallwood and registered in St Kitts and Nevis. Sadly, she is probably destined for a breakers yard. She was followed later in the evening by Caribou ( Caribo) also in for a bunker stop. Not to be seen by us again,sadly. Two fine Canadian ships will be missed by many on the East Coast.

September 1st Harbour Activities

Atlantic Towing Ltd's supply/ROV control vessel ATLANTIC CONDOR in for a regular call at the Mobil dock,Woodside. Seems to be constantly on the move these days indicating a great deal of activity out on the Panuke site. Built 2010 by Halifax Shipyards. Based on Halifax. See earlier posts for her specs.
Crudeoil tanker OVERSEAS SHIRLEY back again at the Imperial refinery. The Canadian registered vessel is a frequent caller at Halifax. Built in 2001 by Hyundai Heavy Industries,Ulsan,Korea. GRT 62,385 tons. DWT 112,056 tons. Net Tonnage 33,878 tons. Length Overall 250.2m,LPP 239.0 Beam 44.0 Depth 21(m). Machinery: Single shaft diesel mod. 7S60MC @ 14,517KWs. Owner: Shirley Tankers SRL,Canada. Manager: OSG Shipmanagement,U.K. Flag: Canada Call Sign: CYCJ.
Products tanker TRINE THERESA at anchor off Indian Pont on 1 September. Probably in for bunkers. Built by Yilirim Shipbldg,Istanbul,Turkey in 2007. GRT 5,289 tons,DWT 8,100 tons,Net Tonnage 2415 tons. LOA 121.6 LPP 115.3 Beam 17.2 Depth 8.8 Draught 6.85 (m). Machinery: Single shaft diesel @ 4000KWs =14 knots. Owner: Bernard Schulte Group,Hamburg,Germany. Manager: BSM Singapore.
ARGEAN CASTLE in for bunkers on September 1sy 2011. Build 1086 by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding,Tokyo,Japan.Type: Bulk carrier. LOA 182.0 , LPP 174.0, Beam 30.0 , Depth 15.75, Draught 11.0 (m). GRT: 24.646 tons. Summer DWT : 41,540 tons. Net Tonnage 13,377 tons. Machinery: Single shaft 1D2SA6CY @ 6000KWs = 14 knots. Owner/Manager KONVOY MARITIME,Turkey. Fllag: Malta Call Sign: 9HTE8.