Thursday, April 27, 2023

Cable Vigilance

 The cable ship Cable Vigilance made a brief stay in Halifax today, April 27. It arrived at the pilot station at 1400 hrs ADT and ordered a pilot for 1800 hrs ADT to sail from anchorage. That would have allowed about three hours in port. Usually when a ship is in port for such a short time it is for a technician to come aboard for a repair. 

 As with many present day cable ships, it started life as a platform supply vessel. Built in 2006 by Yantai Raffles, in Yantai, China as Caledonian Vigilance for Highands Group. It was listed at 5729 gt, 5300 dwt. It operated in the North Sea for BP Offshore among others.

It was renamed GSP Licorn in 2021 by Sea Lord Ltd and in 2022 was converted for cable work by Remontowa Shipbuidling in Poland and renamed Cable Vigilance. Its tonnages were revised to 7683gt, 3562 dwt. The large shelter on the deck and the stern projection are obvious additions that would have increased gross tonnage.

 Louis Dreyfus Armateurs SAS of France now operate the ship for Optic Marine Management (The Optic Group has five cable ships and several tugs and barges). Its last port is listed as Calai, France, April 17.


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