Chilean Navy Barquentine Esmeralda due today. Built in 1954, she now serves as a training ship, but is reported to have been a floating prison and torture center for political prisoners of the Augusto Pinochet regime from 1973 to 1980.
Shes Due to Anchor in late this afternoon, and move to Pier 20 on the 29th. She was last here in May 2009.
The NFB Produced a film Called the Dark side of a White Lady about the ships use in torture.
The Dark Side of the White Lady, Patricio Henríquez, provided by the National Film Board of Canada
The much awaited aircraft carrier is Due this Wednesday, tentatively arriving in Anchorage 1 (Between Georges and Mcnabs) 10:30am ish
This post will be updated with additional timing as updates become known.
USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) , a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, is due at the dockyard today around 5pm. She is likely part of the Carrier Group.
USS San Jacinto (CG-56) and USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG-81) will be tieing up at the Dockyard.they are both expected to arrive 9:30, and 10:30 respectively in the inner harbour. USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER is due 10am ish now. Post above has been updated
The largest container ship Yet to the port of Halifax is Due Thursday
Friday. The Zim Antwerp is rated at 10,064TEU, and bests the current record holder – CMA-CGM Tage (and fleet mates) by 700 TEU.
Unlike CMA-CGM Tage, She is of a conventional Layout, with accommodation block Aft.
*I originally saw she was due Friday, but a more reliable source informed me he is due Thursday.
The past few days has brought the arrival of a Dutch Submarine, and word of a Visit by the Eisenhower Carrier Group at the end of the month. NATO has also announced an exercise running in the North Atlantic in Late June and early July.
The upcoming Dynamic Mongoose is scheduled for June 26 to July 8, 2017. Dynamic Mongoose is the second annual NATO-led maritime Anti-Submarine Warfare interoperability exercise. The aim of this exercise is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills.
NATO Photo – Dynamic Mongoose 2016 Participants
Saturday Saw the brief arrival of the Dutch Submarine HNLMS ZEELEEUW. Diesel Powered she put in for a logistics stop, tieing up at the Dockyard. She Sailed Sunday, But returned to port this morning at 1030. She is scheduled to sail this evening at 1700.
Photos from MARLANT via Twitter.
Marine Recycling Corporation in Port Colborne Ont. has won the contract to dispose of the former HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest. The contract is worth $12.6 million. The ships will be towed to Port Colborne to be scrapped.
Preserver was decomisioned earlier this year. CFAV Quest was mothballed in 2014.
Since sinking and being re-floated in June 2015, the Farley Mowat has languished at the pier in Shelburne. Court Orders to remove the vessel went unanswered, resulting in her Owner Tracy Dodds being imprisoned for contempt of court for failing to remove the vessel. In 2016 he was given a May 31 deadline to move the vessel, or face $10,000 in fines or 20 days in jail. He was arrested in August 4 2016, and served his time.
The federal government has announced they will now issue a contract to remove and scrap the vessel, and then attempt to recover the funds from Dodds, under the Polluter Pays Principal. In the end – the taxpayer will be left holding the bag, as the feds also will attempt to recover the $815,000 cost to refloat Farley Mowat – the money likely doesnt exist. Not included in the cost are thousands of dollars in unpaid berthage fees, and additional lost revenue from vessels not being able to tie up, because of the Presence of the Ship.
Dodds also owned the Craig Trans, which racked up over $100,000 in bertage fees in Dartmouth Cove, and Numerous other vessels around the province.
The Dutch two masted topsail schooner Wylde Swan will arrive at Tall Ships Quay (in front of the Nova Scotia Power Headquarters) tomorrow morning. She is scheduled to pick up her pilot at 0800. She sails on the 17th.
I have heard a few rumblings that the US Navy is sending an Aircraft carrier to Halifax at the end of the month. The most Detailed claim i have heard is that it is the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, and She will anchor in Anchorage 1.
Aircraft carriers never travel alone, and the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Currently consists of the Ticonderoga Class Cruiser USS Normandy, and Destroyer Squadron 26; USS Stout, USS Mcfaul, USS Oscar Austin, USS Roosevelt, USS Mason, and USS Nitze. These are AEGIS and Arliegh Burke class Destroyers, though the entire squadron doesn’t always travel with the carrier.
I am unsure when the last carrier was in Halifax, but there hasen’t been one Since at least 2008*
*The Royal Navy sent the Arc Royal to the Fleet Review in 2010. Also present was the USS Wasp, which is an amphibious Assault ship, flightdeck not withstanding.
UPDATE: Found photos of the USS Theodore Roosevelt with the USS Essex together in 2015.
ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 28, 2015) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Brown/Released)