For the first time I can remember Halifax Shipyard is set to launch a ship in the middle of the night. The Canadian Coast Guard's Hero
class patrol boat A. LeBlanc
is scheduled to enter the water for the first time at the very early hour of 0130 January 27.
The launch, originally scheduled for January 4, was postponed due to weather, an industrial accident and tidal fluctuations. It also appears that a new system of winches was established to move the ship onto the launch ways.
A strange looking contraption has been established at the end of the trackway to house the winch motor.
[Both photos January 18, 2014]
So much for my memory!ReplyDelete
Apparently the Stevns Arctic (now Océan Arctique) and SEDCO/BP 471 drill ship (now JOIDES RESOLUTION) were also night launches - more later.