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Fairlift Delivers to Stena Icemax

_MG_6662The Heavy lift vessel Fairlift made a quick stop at pier 31 today. She reportedly delivered something to the Stenna Icemax, now located off the Shelburne Basin. Jumbo Shipping does offer subsea installation as one of their services, so its possible the ship delivered something to the seabed, rather then to the ship itself.

 

In other Icemax news, the CNSOPB gave shell permission to start drilling again.

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Point Vim returns


Former Halifax based tug point vim made a return appearance tucking in at Fairview cove. Formerly based at ectug, she was sold and now works out of Newfoundland, but retained her former name and colours.

She sailed at 3:30

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New gear at Halterm


The first of the new equipment ordered by halterm has arrived. The new top lifts arrived via ACL and were trucked from Fairview cove to Halterm.

Also due are new yard tractors and ships tractors.

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Update on Canadian Surface Combatant

The minister this morning announced a Streamlined Procurement process, that should see construction follow the completion of the Arctic Patrol vessels. The Announcement Stated that up to 15 ships would be built, and an off the self design would be chosen with some minor modifications Rather than continuing with the previous approach, which consisted of selecting a Warship Designer and a Combat Systems Integrator to work together to custom design the CSC. The new approach allows Canada to select and modify an existing warship design through a single competitive process.

A Request for Proposals to select a ship design will be released in summer 2016. While the opportunity for firms to pre-qualify will be reopened, the 12 firms that have already pre-qualified will not be required to reapply.

Minister foot also acknowledged that the 26billion price tag was low, not counting inflation and labor cost increases.

The CSC project’s objective is to recapitalize the Royal Canadian Navy’s surface combatant fleet by replacing the various warfare capabilities currently residing in the Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class frigates, and providing the necessary integrated logistics support and infrastructure.

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Nolhanava

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The Nolhanava is back. She recently spent time in China having a new exhaust scrubber installed (note how large the funnel is now) Besides the Scrubber, the ship got the new Green and yellow paint job (which looks good, except for the bridge and the bright yellow striping which is just weird.

Nolhanava returned with a full load of container stacked on deck. They appear to share the logo that is on the funnel of the ship, so they may be attempting to move fright in their own boxes now.

Nolhanava is returning to the St Pierre run.

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Due this Saturday – The Schooner Katie Belle

The Schooner Katie Belle was built by a couple of cousins in Stewiacke. They launched it last year, moved it to Parsboro where they installed masts and rigging,  and have sailed it as far south as Charleston South Carolina.

They will be arriving in Halifax This Saturday.

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