Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday update

Much less activity in the harbour today, with Maersk Palermo the only arrival (see also Tugfax). It and the container ship Tasman Strait sailed this evening.

However there was some activity at opposite ends of the harbour:

At pier 28 Genco Thunder was turned end for end this morning and loading began in earnest. The ship was initially docked stern in so that the grain spouts could reach some awkward spot in hold#1 that could not be reached otherwise. Once that was done, the ship could be positioned normally.

Out in the Basin crews must have been taking a brunch break in their repainting project on Crown II's funnel. The ship is due to sail Sunday morning, so perhaps they got some work done this afternoon..

They have a neatly rigged rope ladder and platform stage to reach the sides of the funnel.

And at pier 9c workers have erected staging on a work float under the stern of Australian Spirit.

 There appears to be some fresh brazing work on the lower gudgeon.

The ship has been ballasted down by the bow to facilitate the work.

Rudder terminology primer:

pintles on the rudder blade fit into the gudgeons, securing the blade to the rudder post

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday round up

A busy day in Halifax harbour:

At pier 28 the Marshal Island bulker Genco Thunder arrived to load grain. Built in 2007 as CMB Aurelie for Bocimar of Antwerp, Belgium, it acquired its present name when Genco of New York acquired the ship in 2008. It measures 41,115 grt, 76499 dwt, and will likely be taking a part cargo here, with top off elsewhere.
An usual, stern in berthing at pier 28, and a little list to starboard.

Autoport continues to see a stream of car carriers. Today's arrival, Asteria Leader is a member of the NYK fleet. Built in 2010 by Shin Kurushima shipyard in Toyohashi, Japan, it measures 62,084 grt.

A lobster boat tends is traps off Point Pleasant Park as Asteria Leader takes it tugs.

National Gypsum was the destination for Atlantic Huron . The veteran laker dates from 1984 and has been rebuilt twice. The first time in 1989 when it was converted to a self-unloader and renamed from Prairie Harvest to Atlantic Huron. In 1990-1992 it was reflagged to the Bahamas and from 1994 to 1997 it carried the name Melvin H. Baker II and was again reflagged to the Bahamas for a charter to National Gypsum. In 2002 it was widened in the mid-body to take advantage of new St.Lawrence Seaway regulations. It has been a frequent caller in Halifax over the years, often with grain in its earlier years, but recently only for gypsum. As the Seaway shipping season nears an end, this may be the last Great Lakes caller we see this year.
Atlantic Huron lines up for the A. Murray MacKay bridge as it exits the Narrows. It shows the tremendous wear and tear Lakes ships acquire in the course of a season, and years of locking through the Seaway. 
With Atlantic Larch alongside, the ship makes for National Gypsum.
Meanwhile in the other corner of Bedford Basin the tanker Crown II shows off its new name, acquired only this week. The former Greek tanker High Nefeli was renamed Thursday. It has also been reflagged to Malta.
The crew has painted out the funnel in white before applying the new owner's insignia.

The Liberian product tanker Elka Sirius did not have to go to anchor, but docked at Imperial Oil dock 4 on arrival. It was built in 2003 as Stinice by the Split Shipyard in Croatia and of handysize tonnage 30,770 grt, 45,467 deadweight. European Product Carriers Ltd of Athens acquired the ship in 2005 and gave it its current name.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ridley Thomas move

With a grain ship due at pier 28, the survey ship Ridley Thomas moved around the corner from pier 26-27 to pier 25 yesterday. After arriving December 8, the Thomas  unloaded some gear at pier 27, and then the ship was subject to inspections. It has apparently been held up as a result.

Many early offshore survey ships were built on the lines of Gulf of Mexico "mud boats" - the shallow draft, flat bottom precursors of today's offshore suppliers. Ridley Thomas certainly has the look of a Gulf boat, with heavy fendering and no shear to the hull, even though it was built in Singapore.
My impression is that it could be quite uncomfortable at sea, so it may well be waiting for better conditions before sailing, assuming any deficiencies uncovered in its inspection have been corrected.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spirit to Spirit transfer completed

The transfer of cargo from the damaged Australian Spirit to the sister ship Americas Spirit apparently went off without a hitch and was completed about noon time today.

Tugs come alongside to move the now loaded Americas Spirit away from Australian Spirit.

Once clear, the tug Atlantic Larch takes away the fenders.

Now underway, Americas Spirit has all three harbour tugs in attendance. Atlantic Fir as stern tethered escort. It will stay with the ship all the way out of the harbour. Atlantic Willow on the starboard bow and Atlantic Larch on the port bow, will escort the ship clear of the Narrows.

Meanwhile Australian Spirt remains at anchor awaiting the return of the tugs, still has fenders alongside and the transfer hoses. Indeed the ship still has a rudder post, but no actual rudder is visible.

Compare the view of Americas Spirit's rudder at anchor (below), and Australian Spirit's rudder is clearly missing!

Answer to yesterday's quiz "Can you spot the difference"
Americas Spirit has two satellite domes on the wheelhouse, while Australian Spirit has only one.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

High Nefeli - Basin work

The crude/product tanker High Nefeli arrived early this morning and anchored in Bedford Basin. The ship was recently photographed in Quebec City, and appears to be in ballast.

Soon after anchoring the tug Gulf Spray arrived with a barge and attendant motor boat, and began pumping off some slops or waste. Another workboat, possibly with divers, also appeared in the area.
The ship was built by STX Jinhae Shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea in 2003, and is of typical handysize product tanker dimensions and measures 29,998 grt, 46,135 dwt. It is operated by Liquimar Tankers of Athens, and flies the Greek flag.
As with most Greek ships, it displays its name in English on the bow, but in Greek on the stern. Regrettably Blogger doesn't have a Greek font, but I have placed the Greek characters in the photo. The name Nefeli seems to derive from the ancient Greek mythology, where Nephele, was a cloud nymph.


Spirit to Spirit transfer underway

Cargo transfer from Australian Spirit to Americas Spirit got underway this morning when tugs moved Americas Spirit to a position alongside its sister ship. By tomorrow the relative drafts of the two ships should be just about the opposite of what they were at noon time today.

It is unusual to see crude oil transfers, but even more unusual to see the transfer between two nearly  identical ships. Can you see the differences?

Halifax has been the scene of many transfers before, which I will describe in a later post.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Big tanker in waiting [corrected]

Teekay Shipping's Americas Spirit has been patiently waiting at anchor off Halifax since yesterday. The ship is due to take off the cargo of sister tanker Australian Spirit to allow for rudder repairs.

 Americas Spirit at anchor of Portuguese Cove. My what a big rudder you have!

The two ships are virtually identical: both are 63,213 grt. Australian Spirit was built in 2004 and measures 111,905 dwt. Americans Spirit came from the same yard, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea, but in 2003 and measures 111,920 dwt.
Several arrival times have been posted, but all have been put back so far. It is inbound this evening may come in this evening. If so it will go alongside its sister in Bedford Basin and begin to lighter off. to anchor in the Basin and rig transfer gear. It will then go alongside its sister to begin lightering operations in the morning.