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Skogafoss for Eimskip

Yesterday say the general cargo vessel Skogafoss tie up at pier 42. Eimskip, Based in Iceland, recently increased their service to Halifax. Thanks to CETA, they are able to move containers between Halifax and Newfoundland. Eimskip Stops in Argentia, so this service re-instates a service cut by Oceanex a few years ago.

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New GRIMALDI Group PCTC Named Grande Halifax

During a short ceremony held January 10 at the Chinese shipyards of Jinling in Nanjing (China), the Pure Car & Truck Carrier Grande Halifax was delivered to the Grimaldi Group. It is the last of a series of three sister units, ordered by the Neapolitan group to the Jinling shipyards.

The Grande Halifax has a length of 199,90 meters, a width of 32,26 meters, a gross tonnage of 63.000 and a cruising speed of 19 knots. Italian-flagged, the vessel can carry 6.700 CEU (Car Equivalent Units) or alternatively 4.000 linear meters of rolling freight and 2.500 CEU. The Grande Halifax is equipped with four hoistable decks which make her an extremely flexible vessel, able to transport any type of rolling cargo (cars, vans, trucks, tractors, buses, excavators, etc.) up to 5.2 meters high.

In addition, for the access of freight into the vessel, the Grande Halifax has a side ramp and a quarter stern ramp, the latter allowing the loading of freight with a weight up to 150 tons. The configuration of the various decks and the system for the internal ramps reduce to the minimum the risk of damage during the loading / unloading operations.

The Grande Halifax will be deployed on the Mediterranean-North America weekly service operated by the Group, joining her sister vessels Grande Baltimora and Grande New York., and should be seen in Halifax in the Coming weeks.

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Cruise Halifax on an ACL Con-ro.

A new cargo-passenger service between Europe and North America is available with the five new ACL vessels  G4 vessels. The five newly-built vessels operating on this Line are the Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky,  Atlantic Star and Atlantic Sun. Each Capable of carrying 12 passengers, Facilities on each vessel include a gym, TV, movies (DVD), laundry, books, karaoke machine, and PlayStation. There is also a sauna on each vessel but not a swimming pool.

Bookings are now open for departures from  from beginning of March to end of December 2018 via The Cruise People

There will be three fare codes for booking this service: CU1, CU2, CUR
CU1: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to Halifax and return
Outside Cabins: €750 per passenger, double occupancy, €1.050,00 single occupancy
Owners Cabin: €1,300 per passenger, double occupancy, €1.800,00 single occupancy

CU2: departures from Hamburg/Antwerp/Liverpool to New York and Baltimore only and return
Outside Cabins: €980 per passenger, double occupancy, €1.300 single occupancy
Owners Cabin: €1,500 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,100 single occupancy
CUR: round voyages, Hamburg/Hamburg, Antwerp/Antwerp, Liverpool/Liverpool only

Outside Cabins: €2,100 per passenger, double occupancy, €2,450 single occupancy
Owners Cabin: €3,100 per passenger, double occupancy, €3,800 single occupancy

 

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Symphony Star

Tied up at pier 30 this morning after waiting out weather offshore. She was originally due earlier in the week.

High in the water, she appears unladen and may be here to load grain or pellets.

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2017 Year in Review

2017 marked Canada’s 150th birthday, and the 9th year of HalifaxShippingNews.ca. For Canada’s 150th Celebration The port saw 2 notable events – the RDV2017 tall ships regatta featuring vessels in Halifax, Dartmouth, and on parade and a visit by the USS Dwight D Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group

We also launched the Port Report updated every 4 hours, it offers the latest arrival, departure and weather information for the Port of Halifax, summarized in one location.

2017 saw a few notable Incidents. Murphy’s on the water tour boat Harbour Queen 1 nearaly ended up on the rocks and needed a tow. awkwardly, later that week the TSB released a report into near miss between another tour boat and a cruise ship.

The former Montreal based self propelled bunker barge Arca 1 grounded off Sydney and the schooner Sorca was lost

Tropical shipping moved to Halifax from Saint John NB in January Though Halifax lost the Monthly Bahari stop to Saint John Later in the year, 2016 saw numerous Container line Acquisitions, which caused alliances to shuffle resulting in several new services running to Halifax including The Alliance’s AL1 Service  and AL 6 service. The final 3 ACL g4 vessels Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Sun came into service. the last of the  g3’s, Atlantic Cartier retired in August.

Largest Ship to call in Canada  put into Vancouver this year – Halifax also set its own record with the largest ship to date, and the first 10000+ TEU vessel.

The Port saw Numerous Upgrades, Including new pilot boats,  Equipment upgrades at Halterm the retirement of 3 of the original cranes at Halterm, and the last original crane at Fairview Cove, and a new pier at the Naval dockyard to support the Arctic offshore Patrol Vessels.

At the Shipyard, the future HMCS Harry Dewolf  was rolled out and assembled with a public open house and tours of the facility – the third mega block was rolled out later in December.

Davie Shipyards also finished and Delivered the NRU Asterisk, which arrived in Halifax in December and Tied up at Pier 20. 4 bids were also finally received for the CSC in late November, though one was bid outside the rules.

In Other Navy news, HMCS Athabaskan, the last of the tribals was decommissioned, and is to be scraped there is an effort to have her preserved as a museum ship, though that is probably unlikely with out corporate support. (ahem Davie)

The retired Halifax Ferry Dartmouth III Headed to Toronto, where she will be used to serve the Toronto Island. Given Lake Ontario is fresh water, she should have a long life if she proves useful.

2017 also brought the beginning of the end of sable offshore gas field, with the rig Noble Regina Allen arriving to begin Capping wells. BP is currently seeking approval to drill 7 test wells, though shell seeming came up dry after drilling 2 last year.

2018 Will bring this blogs 10th Birthday in August. January Should see the arrival of USS Little rock, currently broken in Montreal on her maiden voyage from the shipyard to her home port. probably bigger container ships, and even more TEU then last year.

 

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