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HighlandersHeading Back to Service

The Marine Atlantic Ferry Highlanders exited the NovaDock this afternoon, bound for Sydney NS.
Highlanders is one of the Stena Lines ferries that were leased and upgraded for Newfoundland service. She and Her Sister replaced the ferries Caribou and the Joseph and Clara Smallwood who are being scrapped in Alang India.

Highlanders has been in service for just over a year, so this work period is probably her annual survey and maintenance period.  Her sister Blue Putties is expected to take her place, and appears to be missing from the upcoming Schedule.

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Royal Navy Visitor HMS Scott (H131)

HMS Scott is an ocean survey vessel of the Royal Navy, and the only vessel of her class. She is the third Royal Navy ship to carry the name, and the second to be named after the Antarctic explorer, Robert Falcon Scott. She was ordered to replace the survey ship HMS Hecla.

 Designed to commercial standards, she provides the Royal Navy with a deep bathymetric capability off the continental shelf. At 13,500 tonnes Scott is the fifth largest ship in the Royal Navy. Scott is lean-manned with a complement of only 78. This is made possible by adopting commercial manning practices such as the use of fixed fire fighting systems and extensive machinery safety surveillance technology. Scott has been specially designed to carry the modern High Resolution Multi Beam Sonar System (HRMBSS). This swathe echo sounder is capable of collecting depth information over a strip of the sea bed several kilometers wide & gives Scott the capability of surveying 150km2 of ocean floor every hour.

 She will Be in Halifax untill the 4th.
Info Above form Wikipedia and the Royal Navy

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HMCS Preserver

HMCS Preserver entered port this morning just after 8 am, and proceeded to the Bedford Basin (anchorage 10) to perform some excercises. She departed for sea just after Noon. She had had a tug in attendance from the point she passed the Dockyard inbound, untill she passed the dockyard outbound.

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Nils B on the St Piere Run?

As reported at Shipfax, Fusion, the regular vessel on the Halifax to St. Piere and Miquelon run has sailed for Spain. In Her place is the Nils B, A small container ship with BBC Shipping.
Her first apperance was last week, and she arrved again this morning. Besides containers on deck, She can carry a variety of cargo in her holds including bulk and break bulk cargos.

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Herring Season Is Coming

The Annual Spring run of Herring is almost upon us. The MARGARET ELIZABETH NO.1 has been tied up at pier 24 for the past week, and has now moved to the waterfront downtown. Bay Ferry Man is also reporting that Tasha Marie  and the Leroy and Berry No.2 came out of the shipyard from work periods this past week.

The spring season typicly occurs in May.

See Previous posts of Arrival and Departure from 2011
File Photo of Leroy and Berry No.2

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3 Masted Schooner Sedna IV at Maritime Museum Wharf

An arival earlier this morning the Sedna IV Tied up at the Maritime Museum Wharf.

The Sedna IV is a 50 metre (165 ft) three-masted schooner which has been used for scientific expeditions and the filming of documentaries. Currently on a special research voyage called 1000 Days for the Planet, Jean Lemire and his crew are visiting Halifax waterfront from April 21-23 as part of Waterfront Development’s Visiting Ships Program.

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day), the vessel will be open for free, public tours. There is a limit of 20 people per tour and pre-registration is required.

Tour times will be available at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Please sign up at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Information Desk, 1675 Lower Water St.

For more information on the ship, and 1000 Days for the Planet, visit http://my-waterfront.ca/halifax/events-halifax?event=89

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NT Dartmouth, where is she Now?

The Former Halifax Bunker Tanker NT Dartmouth has been found. She is now registered in Honduras as Dartmouth, and has her last known location was Santo Tomas Guatemala. Santo Tomas is Guatemala’s largest port, and features a cruise terminal, so its very likely she is working as a bunker tanker there as well.

NT Dartmouth was replaced in Halifax by the larger Algoma Dartmouth, Largely due to environmental regulations that baned single hull tankers. NT Dartmouth’s Canadian registry was closed in Dec 2010, though she was past her annual inspection and suspended by her class in Aug 2010.

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The Second Titanic Cruise – Balmoral

The Balmoral arrived yesterday after 1700, arriving from the site of Titanic’s sinking. She departed on the 10th from southhampton, and followed the Titanic’s route.

She is scheduled to depart at 17:45 this evening, bound for New York. The other Titanic Cruise arrived on April 12, departed for the wreck site, and then back to New York.

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