The supplier Atlantic Condor set out for trials again today in Bedford Basin. The impressive looking vessel has been featured in Tugfax, but it is not a tug, strictly speaking, so it is worth another look on this site.
Built by Halifax Shipyard to an Ulstein standard design, the boat was launched October 31, 2010. It is on a long term charter to Encana for work on the Deep Panuke gas field off Nova Scotia, and so will be a familiar sight in Halifax for many years to come. Originally intended for supply and standby services, it has now been equipped to support Remotely Operated Vessels (ROVs).
As mentioned in Tugfax, the boat has been fitted with a gantry for work with to lower and raise the submersible. The gantry is clearly visible in the photo, with a large winch for the umbilical and carrier for the sub. Oceaneering Ltd has the contract with Encana for ROV services.
The Deep Panuke project consists of a well 250 km southeast of Halifax, a 173km pipeline to Golboro, NS, and associated shoreside plant.
Update: Atlantic Condor sailed for Deep Panuke this evening.