Normally based in St. Johns NF, the CCGS George R Pearkes has been working in the Halifax area for the last number of weeks, making brief appearances at BIO. A sister to Halifax Locals CCGS Edward Cornwallis, and CCGS Wilfred Laurier, She was built in North Vancouver and commissioned in 1986.
Priority Tied up at Fairview Cove – Formerly the MOL Priority, her light blue hull was painted over. Built in 2002, shes sailing on the Alliance’s EC5 Service. She sailed for New York.
Maersk Palermo made the weekly Maersk call on Saturday. Given the Drugs found the previously on this route, Maersk Palermo was subject to inspection by the CBSA, and RCMP Dive Team. No word on if anything was found.
APL Vancouver also put in a first time call on CMA-CGM’s weekly service. Port Activities kept her well obstructed at pier 41.
Lots of yachts put into Halifax over the summer. very few are special enough to warrant posting about. the 180.45ft custom Sail yacht ‘Kamaxitha’ is one worth mentioning. She was built by Royal Huisman in Netherlands, and was delivered to her owner in 2012.
The Cayman Island Flagged Kamaxitha offers accommodation for up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms 1 owner cabin, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins and 1 pullman bed. She arrived yesterday from Palm Beach.
Boat International Has a piece on her, including interior photos.
Other yachts that have visited Halifax, and warrant a mention Include Pangea – owned by explorer Mike Horne (2nd Visit), Khalilah on her delivery trip purported to be destined for a Russian millionaire, Bread – Owned by a Ontario Baker, and Amazon (See #10)
Issue #5 of the Weekly news bits. For latest port conditions, Including Weather,Wind, Tides, Arrivals and Departures be sure to visit the Port Report
Seadrill’s rig West Aquarius – working for BP spilled drilling fluids. it sounds like there was a leak in the riser. the fluids are said to be non toxic, and will sink to the sea floor.
2. CG Icebreakers for Davie.
Looks like Davie shipyard in PQ has sold the feds on another conversion. this time for Coast guard Ice Breakers. The ships were built for the offshore industry to work in Alaska, so should be well suited for the job. The Proposed ships are Tor Viking II, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking
Radio-Canada also released this piece, Where Montreal Based FedNav, over a year ago, offered to finance and build 3 icebreakers in Norway and lease them to the government. They claim building in norway gets delivery in less then 2 years, and at half the cost of Canadian Yards. Fednav Operates a fleet of Bulkers and General Cargo Ships, and Operates Heavily in the arctic.
3. Halifax Shipyard Contract
Workers ratified the second attempt at a contract.
4. Drug Runner Followup.
3 Men from BC and Ontario were arrested with diving Gear in the case of the Arica. CBSA Reports that 150kg of cocaine were found in the ships sea chest. A sea chest is an indent in the hull where intakes for sea water are located. We first covered the story in News Bits #3 (Interesting Section)
5. Swordfishing off Nova Scotia
a few days ago a tweet appeared with the photo below, Captioned “Taken by Chris Holmes while swordfishing off the coast of Nova Scotia”
the obvious problem with the picture is that Killer Whales are not a species found off Nova Scotia’s coast. anyway, its become a thing, with various parodies appearing, so far the best is:
I took this picture while swordfishing off Nova Scotia pic.twitter.com/SbLMkuEmBc
— starshipsstarthere (@stshipstarthere) June 25, 2018
Via Facebook, the former Newfoundland Shuttle Tanker Mattea was Beached for Scraping at Gadani Pakistan. she was a frequent caller in halifax when the refinery was in operation, shuttling product from the Hiberina and White Rose fields to refineries.
2. Yacht Racing Results
The first Finishers of the Route Halifax Saint Pierre Yacht race arrived in saint Pierre last night. The Canadian boat Esprit De Corps IV a VOR60 was first across the line at 21:34 yesterday. Second place, the French boat ST.PIERRE & MIQUELON – OAKCLIFF RACING a class 40, was second arriving about 3 hours later,
This week in History
June 24 1944 – HMCS Haida sinks U-971, her only u-boat kill of the war
June 26 1959 – the Queen and Pres. Eisenhower open the St. Lawrence Seaway.
June 27 1813 – The American privateer Young Teazer met her end in Mahone Bay. Rather than surrender to the enemy, she was blown up by her crew – becoming a ghost ship
June 27 1918 – The Canadian hospital ship Llandovery Castle was sunk by German U Boat u-86. This war crime killed 234 Canadians, including all 14 nurses. there were 24 survivors
The Halifax Waterfront will host the ROUTE Halifax Saint-Pierre race, a prestigious international 350-mile Ocean Race running from Halifax, NS, Canada to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France.The Race happens Bi-annually, in the off year for the Marblehead to Halifax Race. This year the race departs at Noon on June 26. Boats will be along the waterfront beginning today.
In the past, the Race has begun off the RNSYS in the Northwest Arm.
This years race will include a group of 25 international sailboats and their 200-person crew. The boats are coming to Halifax from both sides of the Atlantic, including 14 Canadian boats (7 NS, 1 NB, 2 NFLD, 4QC), 4 French boats (3 Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, 1 France Mainland), 2 English boats and 5 American boats. The boats will be moored between Bishop’s Landing to the Summit Seawall (just north of the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden).
Details about the vessels can be found at https://www.routespm.com/en/route-halifax-saint-pierre/2018-entries/
Also in attendance will be the French Marine National ship Fulmar, which patrols the water of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, and put into Halifax today.
As part of the event, there will be two evenings of free, live, all ages, French music (June 23 and 24 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm), taking place at Foundation Place, 1549 Lower Water Street. (next to Waterfront Warehouse) Acts Performing will be:
and now for the News…
For latest port conditions, Including Weather,Wind, Tides, Arrivals and Departures be sure to visit the Port Report
1. Shipbuilding Out West
Seaspan began construction on JSS #1
Unifor and Halifax Shipyard have reached a new tentative agreement, after the last one was rejected, triggering strike notice. The longshoreman and the Port Employers have also reached a new 3 yr agreement.
The Coast tells the story of the last African slave ship to the Americas, and her Nova Scotia Captain.
Fundy Pilot is in town filling in as the second pilot boat.
HMCS Oriole Sailed into Toronto for the first time in 69 years. she began her life as a yacht in Toronto. HMCS Moncton will be joining her on a Summer Great Lakes Tour.
HMCS Windsor returned to Port after NATO exercises in Europe.
Maersk Atlanta made a special stop at Halterm to deliver Empty refers.
Last week in History.
June 21 1749 – Edward Cornwallis shows up and founds Halifax.
June 18 1906 – British imperial Government properties in Halifax are handed over to the Dominion of Canada
June 15 1904 – The passenger liner General Slocum exploded and sank in the Hudson River, near NYC. Over 1,000 lives were lost in the disaster.
June 14 1917 – The British Admiralty approved the use of convoys of merchant ships as a precaution against U-boat attack.
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— Canadian Coast Guard (@CoastGuardCAN) June 20, 2018
(Above) The Bulker Oborishte arrived from Montreal and will likely top up her holds with grain before departing.
(Below)The general Cargo ship Augusta Mars delivers a load of Nickle sulfide from Cuba. She previously called for Nirint Shipping as Atlantic Power in 2017, and was renamed earlier this year.