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.




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.



The largest containership yet to tie up in Halifax had a foggy arrival this morning. Tieing up at pier 41 just after 7am. She’s rated at 9300+ teu making her 300teu larger then the last largest ship.

The much smaller Em Kea tied up forward of Tage at pier 42. Also running for CMA CGM she is their entry on the weekly Maersk service which stops in Montreal and Halifax. Em Kea is rated at just over 3000teu




The Tug Svitzer Caucedo showed up in Halifax today. If it looks familiar, it was built at the east isle shipyard in Georgetown PEI in 2003, and is of the same design as Atlantic Towings Halifax Tugs and Svitzers Nerthus and Njal, which are now working the port of Montreal. Its likely that this tug will be Canadianized here, and move on to Montreal.

Svitzer Caucedo currently is registered in the British Virgin Islands, and appers to have previously been operating as Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.


Atlantic Star – under cover of Darkness

ACL’s First G4 vessel arrived after 10pm lastnight, worked overnight, and sailed before 7am

Alas, I was unable to get any shots of her. She will be back in about a week, on her eastbound leg back to europe. (Hopefully in Daylight)


ACL’s Second G4 Vessel, Atlantic Sail Arrives Friday late afternoon.

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