Voyager of the Seas at Port Chalmers last month. Photo by
Movements at Port Chalmers last month resulted in 29
visits from overseas vessels - 17 container ships, seven cruise
liners, four log ships and one woodchips carrier.
Together, these vessels combined to give an interesting total
of 1,592,852gt, certainly a port gross tonnage record for
this time of the year.
Of this total, the seven cruise ships, including our largest
visitor, the 137,276gt Voyager of the Seas, accounted
This month, and hopefully with no cancellations due to
weather-related conditions, here or elsewhere, 15 cruise-ship
visits are scheduled for Port Chalmers.
They will account for 1,422,619gt of shipping handled there
for the last month of the year.
Voyager of the Seas is down for three calls, and
newcomer Celebrity Solstice, scheduled for two visits,
will become our second-largest visitor at 121,878gt. Also
returning is the former record-holder, the 115,875gt
It will be interesting to see what the final gross tonnage
figure for all vessels handled at Port Chalmers this month
And records could be made early next year when along with the
usual traders, cruise-ship visits peak with 19 calls in
January and 17 in February.
This week the port will host visits from three ships, new to
our export log trade.
STX Harmony is due at Beach St today, and Glorious
Starlight will arrive on Wednesday to load at Dunedin,
before moving down to Port Chalmers. After this vessel
departs, Tenna Bulker is scheduled to berth at Port
Tenna Bulker has been here once before, at Ravensbourne, in
November last year. This time it is coming direct, in
ballast, from a port not usually connected with local
shipping, Batangas in the Philippines.
The 16,960-gt Singapore-registered vessel, operated by
Denmark's Lauritzen Bulkers, has been in service since
January 2005. It is another of the popular design built by
the Imabari Shipbuilding group at their Imabari yard.
Glorious Starlight is a slightly larger 17,019gt newer
version of this same basic design. Launched this year on
February 6, it entered service on March 28, under the flag of
Panama for Kashima Naviera S.A., of Tokyo.
It was built by the groups I-S Shipyard Company, formed in
2008 when the Hashihama and Nishi shipyards merged.
STX Harmony is also coming direct, in ballast, from
another port not connected to shipping here, Taichan, a small
Chinese port on the coast of Jiangsu province.
This 20,867gt vessel is another product of the Taizhou Maple
Leaf yard at Linhai. Like STX Gloris, which loaded
logs at Dunedin and Port Chalmers in October, it is one of
eight vessels ordered from these builders for STX Pan Ocean,
The ship was launched on December 19, 2009, and delivered on
June 6, 2010, to POS Maritime ZX S.A. for service under the
flag of Panama.
Another vessel calling for the first time this week, and
representing Denmark's Norden group, is the tanker Nord
Independence. Owned by a company called Sun Friend S.A,
the tanker is operated under the flag of Panama by the
Norient Propduct Pool S.A.
A 28,777gt, 48,005dwt vessel, it was built in Japan by the
Iwagi yard, and will be the fourth tanker built there to have
visited Dunedin. The tanker was launched on April 24, 2010,
and was commissioned into service on September 3, 2010.
An overseas report received a week ago shows the number of
inactive container ships has reached 308 vessel comprising
546,780TEU. That number looks set to increase in the weeks
ahead as carriers adjust to meet lower demand on many trade
The laid-up vessels include five of 5000TEU-7499TEU, and
eight between 7500TEU-9999TEU.
Largest is the 11,400TEU CMA CGM Libra, which has been
stood down from the French Lines FAL service following the
introduction of the new 16,020TEU CMA CGM Marco Polo.