Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tow out in the morning

If all goes according to plan the disabled tanker Australian Spirit will be leaving Halifax tomorrow (Wednesday) morning in tow of the tug Janus.

The 111,905 dwt tanker lost is rudder off Halifax December 9 while on a trip from Newfoundland to New York, with 90,000 tonnes of crude oil. It was towed in to Halifax December 12, and its cargo transferred to a sister ship. Since then it has been lying at pier 9c, and some repairs were carried out to its rudder post. However to have a new rudder installed it will be towed to the Lisnave shipyard in Setubal, Portugal.

The 19,000 bhp German tug Janus will  be doing the towing, but I expect all available harbour tugs will be called in to assist in getting the ship clear of the berth and out to sea.

As of 2100 hrs Tuesday, the pilots are booked for 10:30hrs Wednesday morning, and it will take up to an hour to let the lines go and get the ship underway.Normally there is a five hour confirmation window for pilot orders and I will post a bulletin in the morning if there is a change.

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