The offshore construction vessel Acergy Falcon put in last night for bunkers. Her visit may have been influenced by Tropical Storm/Hurricane Igor that was passing off Nova Scotia yesterday before hammering Newfoundland. Windy conditions in the harbour delayed bunkering until this afternoon.
Acergy Falcon is a specialized pipelay vessel, with dynamic positioning and ROV support. She can lay flexilbe and rigid pipe, and can operate continuously offshore for long periods by being supplied from shore.
The Isle of Man registered ship was built in Holland in 1976 as a drill ship but was rebuilt in 1983, 1994 and 1996 and so is pretty much state of the art in pipelay operations.
She has a coasting license to operate off Nova Scotia from June 15 to November 30 laying five rigid pipelines for the Deep Panuke gas project.
The bow of bunkering tanker Algoma Dartmouth is just peaking out from the ship's stern. Also at the stern is the gear for pipe laying, the large curved shape presumably for flexible pipe.