The Chronicle Herald – 22 July 2020

  • A new size record was set Monday for container ships calling on Halifax with the arrival of the CMA CGM Christophe Colomb. While it does not hold the record for most containers carried by a vessel, coming in at 13,830 20-foot equivalent units, it does have a gross tonnage of 153,022 gt, making it the largest physically. Gross tonnage is a measure of the internal volume of a ship, and its calculation is governed by international convention. It is used to figure charges for services such as berthing, pilotage and canal tolls. The record holder for largest ship by container count to call on Halifax is the 14,414 TEU CMA CGM T. Jefferson. Its gross tonnage is 140,872 gt.
  • Maersk Cutter and Maersk Detector returned to Halifax on Tuesday morning with the Deep Panuke production platform aboard the Boa Barge 34. The barge and platform will eventually be anchored in Mulgrave for storage, pending reuse. The anchors for that were installed in Mulgrave this past week by the Horizon Arctic.
  • Carnival Cruise lines previously announced it would be shedding at least 13 ships as a result of the pandemic. Two of the ships sold for scrap include Halifax regulars Maasdam and Veendam, which sail under the Holland America Line brand. One of the ships called almost weekly during cruise season for the last few years.