Colorfully painted and loaded with brand new containers, Nolhanava leaves pier 9B this morning to return to service.
Nolhanava (a name made up from those of the Owner's children) was built for the Halifax to St-Pierre RoRo container service in 2000 by Santierul Naval Constanta SA in Romania as Shamrock. It arrived in Halifax for the first time January 20, 2001, but ended its service early in 2004 amid financial problems. Sold at auction to Clarke Inc, it operated a shuttle between Fort Lauderdale and the Cayman Islands until it was acquired by MG Management SAS of St-Pierre in 2015.
On April 4, 2015 it arrived in Halifax again and re-entered St-Pierre service June 6, 2015.
Dinkeldiep heads for sea after completing eight months work on the St-Pierre service. (June 17)
And now from the Mundane to the Sublime:
What more inspiring sight could there be than Bluenose II actually sailing into Halifax on a summer afternoon. Although its engine was burping to life for docking, it was under sail and like its illustrious ancestor before it, was leaving no wake.
Although the "II" has a flying jib, it no longer carries topsails or a staysail, so this is as good as it gets.