Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Issues for Maersk Pembroke?

Maresk Pembroke Arrived on Monday,  2 days late for Maersk's weekly Saturday stop. On arrival, She took 3 tugs, which is also unusual, and she is still in port today. Maersk Calls are typically a day at the most, and normally shorter.

this suggests there is a mechanical issue with her, and repairs are likely being made.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ships Starting Here AOPS Contract Signed.

  In a technical briefing with media in Ottawa Friday morning, representatives from Public Works Government Services Canada, the Canadian Navy and Irving Shipbuilding provided an overview of the Arctic Offshore Patrol ship program including the ship’s design and capability, the number of ships to be built and the construction schedule.

The Shipyards contract with the government is for six ships. The build contract is valued at $2.3 billion. Should costs increase due to unforeseen factors, the contract will guarantee the delivery of five ships within the same ceiling price ($2.3 billion). Basically the contract is for 5, but if they come in at a good price, they will build 6.

Construction of the first sections of the vessels – known as initial blocks or production test modules – will begin in June. The shipyard will test its new infrastructure, environment and production processes, with these initial blocks. Cutting of steel for the first AOPS ship is on target for September 2015.

Friday, January 16, 2015

HMCS Toronto returns, January 18

HMCS Toronto is due to return to Halifax, January 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
She will be tying up at Jetty NB within HMC Dockyard

Decommissioning Container handling equipment

Decommissioning Container handling equipment at Halterm.

Progress on M/V Miner Disposal.

Progress Cutting up the M/V Miner.
NS TIR Image via twitter.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

No Heavy Lift, Heros to Sail Today via Canal

Word reached me last night that the last 2 hero class vessels would be sailing on their own to Victoria, Departing today. CCGS M Charles M.B and CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M are currently working up in the basin, with CCGS M. Charles M.B giving Portsmouth Virgina as her destination, with an eta on the 14th.

Both vessels Have sailed, and will be heading to Victoria Via the Panama Canal.
You can follow their Progress Via at the following links: CCGS M. Charles M.B and CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M

As of 5am on the 12th, Both vessels are in the Gulf of Maine Past Yarmouth.

Photo above Via @sandymcclearn, Used with Permission

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hero Class West Coast Move Iminant?

Hansa Heavy Lift recently dropped off some spreaders at Pier 28. there is Speculation that these may be for lifting the 2 west coast bound. Mid Shore Patrol Vessels.

I went looking for a tender award notice - I found none. I did discover however that the project was re-tendered in July. This new tender removed language about delivery to a Foreign port, and now requires the vessels to be delivered to BC. the re-tender also corresponds with an application for a coasting trade license for the unnamed vessel. I was also unable to find a Decision on the coasting trade application.

 The Trip is requested to be As soon as possible, between November 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and the Tender closed September 24th, so we are within timelines, and  perhaps are waiting for a final contract to be signed. From Questioning in the tender process, it appears that Dockwise and Hansa Heavy Lift were both interested in Bidding.

(Above) Excerpt of Docking plan, from Tender Documents.