Thursday, June 4, 2020

Primary Colours Day

It was an ideal day for colours, with bright sun in a cloudless sky. Ships seemed to take advantage of this with a display of most of the primary colours (or shades thereof). Instead of the drab black and sometimes white of yesteryear, today there were ships with Red, Orange,Yellow, Green and Blue and perhaps shades of Indigo and Violet

Red was well displayed by the Canadian Coast Guard as both CCGS Earl Grey and CCGC G.Peddle S.C. sailed this afternoon.

G.Peddle displays a 'Fisheries Patrol' banner on its bridge rail. 

They sailed past Bigroll Beaufort which had shifted positions end for end at Woodside to off load another wind turbine.

An unusual mint green kayak on the right!

At the adjacent Exxon Mobil dock the supplier   Atlantic Osprey was just in from Sable Island, moving into the orange shade.

Arriving from St-Pierre et Miquelon (by way of Argentia, NL eastbound) Nolhan Ava exhibits both green and yellow to help fill the spectrum.

There were choices for blue:

Vole au Vent has returned to Halifax to load another wind turbine, and was refueling at the Irving Oil terminal in Woodside. Its blue hull can barely be seen, until it is jacked up on its spuds, then it is entirely visible.

Another blue ship, the Pola Imabari arrived this afternoon for Asian Gypsy Moth inspection. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires ships that have been in the far east recently to be inspected and cleared before going to ports where the invasive species could hatch and populate Canadian forests.

 The port anchor has been readied for lowering when the ship reaches number 1 anchorage.

The ship was built by Imabari Zosen  in 2016 as Glorious Sunrise, 23,232 gt, 37,718 dwt and fitted with four cranes. I could not see any bucket grabs for handling bulk cargo. However it does carry stanchions to permit deck loads of timber, and is considered to be a general cargo ship as opposed to a bulk carrier.

The ship begins to swing round in a very light wind, but the crew seems to be having trouble deploying the pilot ladder.
Oceanex Sanderling is in the background at Autoport, taking on its weekly consignment of cars for Newfoundland, and providing a bit of red/blue contrast.

Its last port was Vila do Conde, Brazil, so the ship is likely carrying bauxite or alumina, bound for one of the Quebec ports such as La Baie, Sept-Iles or Baie Comeau. The ship is registered in Panama, but is owned by GTLK Asia Ltd, a large international leasing company, based in Russia, usually associated with aircraft. Mangers are INOK NV, also a large Russian concern, based in St.Petersburg.
The significance of the letter P (Cyrillic for "R") on the funnel is a mystery.

For the remaining blue range of colours the sky and water will have to do in providing those hues.


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