This is my brain on reason.
The Don Pasquale
To the dock!
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Insulting the MINI = bad
go for it if u want to. if u live in the usa then dont. a: they are pretty unsafe, B; u could get a wayyyy cooler safer suv. but if u like it then go for it!! thats all that counts!!
1. How many SUVs do you see with 6 airbags?
2. How many MINI Coopers do you see rolled over in a ditch?
grr… what is cool about an SUV? you go through gas like crazy, you pollute the environment, not to mention looking like an #######. of course, by your ‘Location: USA!!’, i would venture that you’re a new found (post-911) patriot, supporting george bush and his war to get more oil to power more fuel guzzling suvs.
minis are NOT unsafe… go for it flav– they’re awesome cars that drive well!
Almost Time to Sail!
Cargo Status History
Cargo Id : WMWRE33555T******
Booking Number : GBSOU32965
Bill Number :
Vessel: DON PASQUALE
Port of origin : SOUTHAMPTON
Voyage : ED517-DOP
Port of Destination : HALIFAX, NS
Customer Ref. Nbr:
Time(dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm): 12/06/2005 20:25
Rail from Halifax to Toronto
Realistically, I would expect the car to sit for a few days before being loaded on the train. I’d also be very surprised if it got right on the train from the liner, so let’s shoot for July 22nd. Of course, it has to be transported over from Concord to Toronto, get the PDI completed at the dealership, then have the iPod kit installed.
Halifax Port Revealed
Since the MINI is in production from June 6th to June 12th, I checked out the cargo ship schedules. The only port that makes sense en route to Toronto is Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sure, New Jersey is closer, but someone pointed out to me that the car would have to go through customs and all that crap. I’m not even sure if there is a rail link from NJ to Toronto anyway. Toronto has a port, but the cargo company doesn’t seem to ship there.
Okay … so the only cargo ship that goes from Southampton to Halifax in June is the Don Pasquale. Call sign ED517-DOP. It leaves Southampton on June 19th and arrives in Halifax on June 26th. Wallenius Wilhelmsen doesn’t really make it clear where their port is (unless you’re from Dartmouth / Halifax), but I’m pretty sure I found it by finding their postal code! Take a look:
Autoport in Halifax (satellite)
Autoport in Halifax (map)
Once in Halifax, it would go via rail to the Toronto area. Where in Toronto, I’m not sure. But I will find out! It’s fun doing all of this detective work! Stay tuned.
How to track your MINI
Wallenius Wihelmsen Carriers to get the vessel name
Schedules by Destination
U.S. Coast Guard to get vessel “Call Sign” for tracking
Southampton Shipping Movements
Southampton Live Webcam
Oceanweather.com Use Marine Observation to track
Halifax Port Webcam
Port Of Charleston Vessel activity for next 30 days
NY NJ Port Schedule (Vessel activity currently down)
North East Marine Terminal
Canadian National Railroad
Week 23 Production
What that means is that my car will be assembled during the week of Monday June 6th 2005 – Sunday June 12th 2005. Woot woot! Once that is all done, I will be able to track the car’s voyage over the ocean through the Wallenius Wilhelmsen ocean liner website.