Thursday, March 16, 2023

Desgagnés for Irving - updated

 There was an unusual arrival this morning, March 16. The tanker Rossi A. Desgagnés anchored in the lower harbour and is scheduled to move this afternoon to Irving Oil's Woodside terminal.

Tankers of the Degagnés fleet, operated for the subsidiary Pétro-Nav, are usually employed by Valero transporting fuel from the Lévis, QC refinery. It is not unheard of for an Irving Oil tanker or a Desgagnés tanker to dock at the Imperial Oil terminal in Halifax as the competing oil companies typically do exchange product from time to time. However it is very rare for a Desgagnés tanker to bring product from Saint John to Halifax for Irving Oil. The reason appears to be that one of Irving Oil's regular tankers, the East Coast, has been in refit in Setubal, Portugal. (It arrived back in Saint John today, March 16).

Dominion Diving's Halmar stands by to take off the pilot once the ship brings up at anchor.

The Rossi A.Desgagnés was built by Besiktas Tersane A.S. in Yalova, Turkey in 2019. The 12,061 gt, 14,919 dwt ship is a dual fuel vessel, and carries conventional fuel and has tanks on deck for LNG. The ship is also built to IACS Polar 7 standards, allowing for summer and autumn operation in the high arctic in first year ice. Winter navigation in more southerly waters is well within the ship's capability. It is the fourth in a series of tankers built by Besiktas to Desgagnés' specification. (Sister ships are the Paul A. Desgagnés, Mia Desgagnés and Damia Desgagnés.) This ship is named for Mario Rossi a longtime Desgagnés employee who was very involved in the planning and delivery of the tankers.


Late this afternoon, March 16, I noted a pilot order to move the ship from Irving Oil to Imperial Oil dock #3 for early tomorrow morning, March 17. An interesting "double header". I don't know if the Rossi A. Desgagnés will be unloading or loading at Imperial Oil. The latter seems the more likely. 



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