A new type of ship will be making its first appearance in Halifax today. Built along the lines of an offshore supply vessel, it is specially fitted out to support offshore seismic research.
Named Mainport Pine it will provide fuel, stores, and crew changes for seismic ships. It can also perform a variety of other chores that will allow the seismic ships to remain on station for extended periods, without costly returns to port.
Due to today's delightful fog, photos are unlikely to be too revealing, but the ship's owner has provided a great spec sheet, which can be found at:
Recently delivered from a shipyard in Malaysia, the ship is arriving via Capetown and Walvis Bay, South Africa.