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Cruise Season Has Begun

Its snowing today, but in another sure sign of spring, the First Cruise ship of the season arrived at pier 22 today. Amadea Tied up at 7:30am. Built in 1991, She is owned by V-ships Leisure, Cruises for Phoenex Reisen.  

She is on a 138 Day round the world itinerary, having depared Nice France December 20, 2014. She proceeded through the medertainian to the Suez Canal, Through Indonesia, Down to Malaysia,  New Zealand, South America, Through the Panama Canal, and now working her way up the coast.

She arrived from Boston, and will stop in Sydney tomorrow, Sailing for St John’s NL, then over to Europe, ending in Hamburg May 7.

Regal Princess was to be the first cruise ship of the year on the 19th, However her itinerary was changed due to Enroute weather. This appears to have been a repositioning cruise, from  Fort Lauderdale to Europe, where she will sail an 11 Day Scandinavia & Russia route.

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Seperated after birth: Jim Kilabuk and Atlantic Tern

The Jim Kilabuk arrived over the weekend and tied up at Pier9. Built as Canmar Supplier IV in 1975 at the Yarrows yard in Esquimalt, She was intended to be used for Oil Exploration in the Beaufort Sea by Dome Petroleum. After that venture ended, she was sold to Northern Transportation, and took her current name in 1995.

UPDATE: Jim Kilabuk Moved to Jetty NA at Shearwater this morning. this suggests she’s doing work for the Navy. She shows Harbour Grace NL as her destination.

Sister Vessel Canmar Supplier II is a Halifax regular, now working for Atlantic Towing as Atlantic Tern. Though She has been modified, you can still see her original lines.

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Man in the Water off Peggys Cove

Reports are a 25year old male was swept off the rocks at Peggy’s Cove.
Local Fisherman, Halifax Emergency Services are on Scene, as is a RCAF Cormorant Helicopeter, and CCGS Sambro. It appears that CCGS Sir William Alexander and CCGS Louis St Laurent are joining the search.

UPDATE:  Sir William Alexander is there, Louis St Laurent has gone elsewhere.

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Vortuta – we know where it is.

The Lithuanian registered general cargo ship Vortula anchored in the inner harbour. She was built in 1998 in Indonesia, and is Owned and Managed by Lithuanian Shipping. She was Previously known as Theodor Oldendorff until 2006.

Her last known location is Trois Rivers Quebec.

Regarding the name, Wikipedia tells us  “Voruta may have been the capital city of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Lithuania during the reign of king Mindaugas in the 13th century. Voruta is mentioned briefly only once in written sources and its exact location is unknown”

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Salarium to National Gypsum

The CSL Bulk Carrier Salarium paid a visit to National Gypsum this past weekend. She is a frequent visitor to Halifax. Built to Seaway-max Proportions, she does trade along the North American Coast.

With the Arrival of the Trillium Ships, her days are likely numbered, though since she normally works moving salt – a corrosive Cargo rough on vessels, they may keep her in service of that commodity for as long as possible.

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