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The Big Lift – The Movie

Yesterday Halifax Harbour Bridges Released their 20 minute documentary on the Big lift – the Re-decking of the MacDonald bridge. I covered the construction of the bridge in a post a few years ago.

Since the Project is Nearly compete, I decided this would be a good time to share some images of the project from the archives.

 

The 20 minute Documentary is available from the Bridge Commission via Youtube.

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Help support the Mission to Seafarers

 

Join the Halifax Mission to Seafarers on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market for an evening of live music, a silent auction and to raise a glass in support of Mission to Seafarers!

The Mission to Seafarers, Halifax, as part of the worldwide network of Anglican sponsored Missions, provides an inter-denominational outreach ministry of compassionate fellowship, hospitality and spiritual care for the wellbeing of all seafarers visiting our port, regardless of their religion, race, age, gender or nationality. The Halifax Mission also provides inter-denominational chaplaincy ministry to the employees and organizations of the Halifax Port Marine Community.

these Folks do good work, and need your support.

Tickets are $50 each

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact:
Maggie: magwhitt@ns.sympatico.ca;
Helen: hglenn@bellaliant.com; or at
902-422-7790

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From the Archives – Port William NS.

Port Williams today is home to a number of Breweries, Distilleries and wineries. As you cross the Bridge over the Cornwallis river, On your Right, is a run down dock. That dock was once heavily used, and as the photos below show ships simply sat on the bottom when the tide was out.

The practice evidently had a long history, as an earlier postcard shows smaller Sailing vessels sitting on the bottom earlier.

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Bomar Rebecca for Tropical Shipping

Bomar Rebecca tied up at pier 42 today on her weekly stop for tropical shipping.Tropical makes a weekly call on a route Halifax, Palm Beach, San Juan, Phillipsburg, Crown Bay. the other ship serving the route, Asian Sun, is currently tied up at Pier 9, having been emptied for maintenance last week. She will return to the rotation next week.

Unfortunately the CBSA setup their x-ray gear in the way of a good photo.

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Tanker Traffic

(Above) the Crude Carrier Helga Spirit took to Anchorage 1 for Bunkers. Empty, She arrived from Saint John NB. (Below) the Irving Oil  Tanker Acadian, tied up at the Irving terminal.

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Asterix at the Ammunition Depot

The M/V Asterix, the navy leased replenishment ship spent the last two days at the Ammunition Depot in the Bedford Basin, and is scheduled to proceed to sea this Afternoon.

Asterix is scheduled to take part in the RimPac Exercises in the pacific which take place every 2 years in July, and is headed to the Pacific Ocean for the foreseeable future.

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Asian Sun at Pier 9

Asian Sun arrived yesterday for Tropical shipping, and discharged her containers at pier 41. She moved to Pier 9 today and seems to be handling supplies. She Appears on Tropical’s schedule later this month. She has no departure date published as of yet.

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We now know how Irving Shipbuilding will Launch.

Thanks to Mac over at Shipfax, We now know that the Halifax Shipyard has chartered the BoaBarge 37 for a period of 4 years. the Barge will be used to launch the AOPS vessels currently under construction. The barge departed Rotterdam yesterday under tow of the Boa Bison, and is Due April 17.

The plan for ship launches is to move the ship onto the barge, tow the barge to the Basin, and submerge it, floating the new AOPS off.

Photos from Boa.

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West Aquarius Nova Scotia Bound

The drill rig West Aquarius is due to depart Bay Bulls Newfoundland for the Offshore of Nova Scotia to drill wells for BP. This is part of BP’s exploration program, and its possible the rig will be contracted for further wells once on site.

Word is that she will Depart tomorrow.

the rig will likely be towed to the site directly, and not stop in Halifax. Built in 2009, she is owned by Seadrill. Drill riser has been accumulating at Pier 9 lately, and BP has an application open to drill several exploration wells.

 

(Left) West Aquarius,  SeaDrill photo

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