Listed as coming from Bluff, the 19,882gt carrier Carl Oldendorff berths at Dunedin today to load logs.
The name Bahia has enjoyed a long history with ships of the Hamburg South America Line (Hamburg-Sud) since 1872. Yesterday, the sixth ship of the name made its first appearance at Port Chalmers.
Well in the case of MSC Brianna, due on its first visit this week, its former and current names bring back memories of earlier visitors to this harbour.
An interesting week at Port Chalmers with a visit from Stellar Eagle, the largest ship to load logs, and a record cruise ship season ending with visits from Pacific Pearl yesterday, and consort Pacific Dawn today.
In the past we used to see quite a lot of them, fully refrigerated vessels (reefers). They called here to load for overseas markets, fish, meat and apples when the export apple season was in full swing. These cargoes now go by container ships.
Now operated by foreign-owned container ship companies, regular transtasman services were once the domain of Australian and New Zealand lines.
Sunny conditions added to the pleasure of watching the cruise ship Saga Ruby arriving at Port Chalmers last week.
The annual summer cruise ship season is starting to wind down. After today only five more visits are scheduled before it ends early next month.
Three vessels of particular interest made their maiden visits to the harbour last week. The log ship Port Phillip brought back memories of a well-known Port Line cargo liner, Aetos also called to load logs, and Araon is the first ice-breaker to come our way for almost 39 years.
The cruise ships that have already called this season are all purpose-built vessels that have entered service since 1995.
The fallout from the announcement 10 days ago that the STX Pan Ocean Shipping Co had filed for receivership, has begun.
In this column last Monday I mentioned an American cargo ship that later fulfilled a number of roles.
The largest cruise ship operator in the world, the Carnival group, has been well-represented here, with a ship in port each day since last Wednesday.
Records are made to be broken.
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.
Following the departure of Forest Creator on April 23, the stockpile of woodchips has steadily grown to its present proportions to dominate the storage area at the Beach St berth. Now, after the best part of seven months, Esprit Lotus is due here on November 17.
Holland America Line cruise ships were introduced to Port Chalmers with the arrival of Maasdam on October 21, 1994.
Following the announcement that Maersk and Hamburg-Sud would be pulling out of Timaru, Bahia Castillo closed this link with their joint service to the east coast of North America a month ago.
First-time visitor Luzon Strait, which loaded logs at Dunedin and Port Chalmers last week, ushered in the 54th year of the export log trade through this port.