Saturday, March 4, 2023

Thorco Legacy - in the news. Well sort of.

 Many ships show up in Halifax only once and unless they are assigned to a regular line, never to return.  They are soon forgotten (almost) unless they make the news in some other port.

Such is the case for two ships that have visited Halifax in the past year or so. The cargo ship Thorco Legacy spent some time in Halifax this winter. The ship arrived on December 22, 2022 and went directly to anchor in Bedford Basin.

The ship remained at anchor until January 7 when it moved to Pier 9B to be fitted with racks to transport sub sea fibreoptic cable. When that work was completed, the ship made a brief sea trial on January 20, then left port on January 21 for Portsmouth, NH where fibreoptic cable is manufactured.

The ship remained in Portsmouth from February 2 to 23, I assumed, loading cable. The process of loading cable is slow work as it is carefully nested in the racks without exceeding its bending radius.

A current report indicates that the Thorco Legacy is now in Freeport, Bahamas with the cable ship Durable, but not to transfer cable to the cable ship but to remove cable. The Durable had damage to a main propulsion thruster and put in to Freeport on February 22. Thorco Legacy sailed from Portsmouth directly to Freeport, arriving February 26. It is to take on board the Durable's cable - a 21 day process. Durable will then go to Charleston for repairs in drydock, then rejoin the Thorco Legacy to reload the cable.

 The Durable has also been in Halifax too, arriving August 12, 2021, and possibly on other occasions including March 30, 2022.


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