Tuesday, August 7, 2012

August Break

I will now be taking my usual August break, and won't be posting to this site for a few weeks. I will be out of touch of e-mail, internet and computers, but not from ships. I will be shipwatching in Quebec instead of Halifax, where the frustrations of fog will perhaps be absent!
 1. The bulk carrier Power Ranger sails from Halifax August 6-and this was a good day!

Faeroy en route to Chile

The fish carrier Faeroy put in to Halifax today on its long delivery trip from Norway to Chile. One of a similar class of vessels used to support fish farming, the boat is equipped to pump fish from pens to live wells on the ship and transfer them or transport them to shore.

New owner Friosur is one of the major fishing companies in Chile. With a fabulously long coastline and uncountable inlets, Chile would seem to be a natural for the fish farming industry. Norway of course pioneered fish farming and developed this type of specialized craft, and many others, to do the work.

Built in 1998 the ship measures 499 gross tons. It is now registered in Valparaiso.
Based on its trim, it is in need of bunkers to complete the trip.
Two similar vessels, Ronja and Ronja Carrier work in eastern Canadian waters as live fish carriers.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

AFL New England to be sold

1. AFL New England has been detained at pier 33 pending sale.
A legal notice appeared in the Halifax newspaper on Saturday advertising the sale of AFL New England by order of the Federal Court. The terms of the sale indicate that sale will take place prior to August 30 and the ship must be removed from pier 33 no later than September 15. Gibson & Canadian Global Inc of Montreal are acting Sheriff for the sale.
The sale is the result of the failure of AFL and the subsequent arrest of the ship for debts of the company.
2. The ship was anchored in Bedford Basin for some time until seized by AFL's creditors. 

CCGS Private Robertson V.C. - handed over

On August 1 CCGS Private Robertson V.C. was registered in Ottawa. This marks the handover of the first of the Hero class patrol vessesl to the Minister of Fisheries & Oceans. The vessel is now berthed at the BIO dock awaiting assignment.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Scotia Dock II -

The floating drydock Scotia Dock II left Halifax today in fog and rain. Since its arrival in Halifax in 1998, the dock had been an important part of the infrastructure of Halifax Shipyard.  In fact it was in the midst of a major refit when it sank at its berth on May 8, 2010.
In fact its loss seems to have made a significant impact on the way the yard expects to build the new frigates. Schematic drawings of the yard made as part of the Ships Start Here campaign to win the work from the National Shipbuilding Strategy, showed the new frigates would be side launched in the area of pier 6-7.
More recent drawings show a new floating drydock at pier 6-7 which would be used to float off the new ships -surely a safer and easier way to "launch" a ship. Of course this would mean building or buying another floating dock. Irving Shipbuilding has indicated that they intend to do just that-possibly with government assistance.
Scotai Dock II was built in 1964 by Canadian Vickers Ltd for use in their own shipyard in Montreal. Named General Georges P. Vanier, the dock became redundant when VersatileVickers closed down.
Following the 2010 sinking the drydock was raised, but was found to be badly damaged and not worth repairing. It was sold for scrap to Southern Recycling and in recent weeks it was been patched up enough to make it seaworthy for the very long trip to the scrapyard in Brownsville, TX. The American tug Eileen  McAllister arrived yesterday to provide the towing power [see yesterday's posting on Tugfax]
1. The drydock arrived in Halifax on June 9, 1998. It had been idle for some time and was not in great condition, but was soon made serviceable again. Atlantic Cedar (i) [left] and Atlantic Oak (i) are towing with Atlantic Hemlock on the stern (barely visible). [Photo taken from the Angus L. Macdonald bridge]

Photos taken today from the Dartmouth shore:

2. Today it took three tugs to back the dock out of its space and into the stream. With Atlantic Oak (ii) pushing, the other tugs, Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Willow are on the other side  providing power and steering. The tug Roseway is nearby. It landed the deck crew on the dock.
3. With the cranes stowed down, there was lots of clearance under the Macdonald bridge. Many in Halifax, including this fisherman, seemed oblivious to the dock's departure.
4. Once into the #5 and #6 anchorage areas, the dock was clear of the ferry tracks. The tug Eileen C. McAllister then came in to make up the tow. The tug Big Steel has taken over standby duties.
5. Eileen McAllister starts to apply power and the side tugs let go.
6. The towing wire is lead out over a roller on the strongback and a gog wire is keeping it in place.
7. The chain bridle is supplemented with an insurance wire.
8. Atlantic Oak will accompany the tow out to Meagher's Beach to provide additional steering control.

From the Halifax shore:

9. Last view of the Scotia Dock II. The tug wil let out a lot more wire once it gains some sea room. Its speed is not expected to exceed 3 to 5 knots all the way to Texas.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chebucto Pilot - in service

Halifax's new pilot boat Chebucto Pilot was in service this morning. I am not sure what day it went into service first, but it might have been yesterday.
Built by Abco Industries in Lunenburg, NS, the boat is capable of 20 knots.
1. Chebucto Pilot rolling a bit as she passes pier 20.
2. Slowing down to pass the Tall Ships Quay on her way back her berth.