Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Icebreaker parking lot

Halifax has become something of an icebreaker parking lot in the last two days. The combination of an approaching severe winter storm, with hurricane force winds and the monthly crew change date, saw CCGS Henry Larsen arrive yesterday morning and CCGS Terry Fox yesterday evening.
Larsen went to the fuel dock first (see excellent photo on Halifax Shipping News ) then moved to the old Dartmouth Coast Guard base yesterday afternoon.
Terry Fox arrived and tied up at BIO adjacent to the idle CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.

At 8:15 this morning, just before the storm arrived, Canada's two most powerful icebreakers lie quietly alongside the pier at the Bedford Institute.

In view of the storm conditions, I expect the ships to remain in port until tomorrow at the earliest. Both of the new arrivals were once common sights in Halifax, but have been rare in recent years, as all are now based in Newfoundland.
Gulf ice conditions remain severe, so their services will be needed again as soon as they are able to leave port.


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