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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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HDMS Ejnar Mikkelson visits Dockyard.

Ironically, on the same day that USS Little Rock arrived after issues with ice, HDMS Ejnar Mikkelson a Danish Arctic Patrol Vessel also put into the dockyard.

Built in 2007, she is the second vessel of the Knud Rasmussen class, and normally works the waters around Greenland. Built to Polar Class 6, she is smaller and lighter then the Canadian AOPS, but has comparable speeds, and lacks a Hanger for helicopters.

File Photo from her attendance at the 2010 Fleet Review.

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USS Little Rock finally arrives

The Latest US Navy Littoral Combat ship finally arrived in Halifax this morning after wintering in Montreal. Built in the great Lakes, she was headed for open ocen in December when she had a small mechanical issue, and the ice set in.

Previous LCS’s have all stopped in Halifax, and Historically have had eventful voyages out of the Lakes.

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Halifax Area Rail Operations

Halifax Consists of 2 CN Subdivisions. The Bedford Sub runs from the Halifax Ocean Terminals to Truro. The Dartmouth Sub runs from Windsor Junction to Autoport in Eastern Passage.

Dartmouth Sub

The Dartmouth Sub is unsignaled, and relies on an occupancy control system. the dispatcher issues a set of rules governing the allowed limits of a trains movement.

The Train geek has a 2 part post that explains OCS
Part 1: OCS Basics   Part 2: Finer Details

The Dartmouth Sub runs several trains.

Trains 407/408: runs Dartmouth to Moncton and back Daily. 408 arrives in the early predawn hours of the morning, and 407 returns mid morning.

Train 503  is the Burnside Industrial Park Switch Assignment. it is unscheduled. this is also the train assignment that takes autoracks to autoport.

Train 511 (above) is the Gypsum Train, running from Wrights Cove to Milford and back.  Runs Week Days.

Westbound Eastbound
Mile Station CN 407 CN 511 CN 408 CN511
16.25 End of Track
Autoport
15.1 Imperial Oil

Dartmouth

0710 0515
10.1 Wrights Cove
Wrights Cove Spur
National Gypsum
0700 1510
8.72 Burnside Industrial Spur “D”
1.2 Miles N
8.52 Burnside Industrial Spur “B”
0.5 Miles N
8.39 Burnside Industrial Spur “A”
1.5 Miles N
0.2 Windsor Junction……….
Connection to CN Bedford Sub
0739 0710 0444 1500

Standby CH 1 161.415mhz
RTC Call in CH 3 160.935mhz

Bedford Sub

The Bedford Sub Uses CTC – A dispatcher sets signals and remotely configure switches in preparation for the trains. Trains get their clearances from the signals.

Clear and Stop Are pretty easy to understand. The other signals, Limited, Medium, slow and restricted reffer to speed limits

  • Track speed. This means whatever the pre-approved speed limit for the track.
  • Limited speed. 45 mph.
  • Medium speed.  30 mph.
  • Slow speed.  20 mph
  • Restricting speed. This means an absolute maximum of 15 mph, and the crew must be extra cautious as well as being able to stop in half the distance of vision.

There is a 4 part Video Explanation of the Canadian Signalling System Available Part 1: The basic three light system
Part 2: One and Two Light Systems
Part 3: Diverging and Limited speeds, to and at signals
Part 4: Dwarf Signals

Trains 120/121 : These are the Inbound and outbound Container Trains. 120 Arrives in the morning – typically around 9 or 10 am. 121 assembles itself around 7pm, and departs between 8-9pm. Run Between Toronto BIT and Rockingham.

Train 501: CN Local from Rockingham to Kinsac, and Back. Runs Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. This serves Bedford Quarry, and likely picks up and delivers cars for 407/408 at Kinsac.

VIA Rail – The Ocean: train 15 Departs Halifax at 1200 Wed, Friday, Sunday. Train 14 Arrives at 1735 Monday, Thursday, Saturday.
Via publishes a Schedule in PDF  and allows for near realtime tracking by train number, but this third party site shows everything.

Eastbound Mile Station Westbound
 VIA 14
 CN 120
 CN 408
 CN 511
 CN 501
 CN 507
 VIA 15
 CN 121
 CN 407
 CN 511
 CN 501
 CN 507
17:35 0.0 Halifax Ocean Terminal
VIA Rail Station
12:00
5.0 Fairview
Deepwater Branch (HIT) 2.4 miles N
Fairview Maintenance Depot
0945 0500 1800 6.0 Rockingham
Yard
2000 2100 1000
7.96 Millview
10.6 Bedford
15.6 Junction with CN Dartmouth Sub
17:10 0930 0444 1500 1730 15.8 Windsor Junction………. 12:25 2025 0739 0710 1030
16.33 Hotbox detector
20.0 Kinsac
Siding 3553’
27.0 Sandy Cove
Siding 3800’
1649 0900 0415 1305 1700 30.3 Hotbox detector 1245 2125 0830 0800 1100
1300 36.6 Junction with National Gypsum 0805
1500 38.4 Milford 1430
44.3 Hotbox detector
51.2 Alton
Siding 6300’
56.0 Brookfield
Canada Cement Spur 2.8 miles S
61.3 Hotbox detector
61.5 Hyde
16:05 0820 0305 64.0 Truro East……….
Connection to CN Springhill Sub
13:31 2200 0940

Standby CH 1, 161.415mhz
RTC Call in CH 8, 161.025mhz

Other Trains
CN 308/305 is a Daily Run from Toronto Macmillian to Moncton (and Return) This is the main East/West General Freight.
CN Runs Local 515 from Truro to Brookfield (Canada Cement) weekdays. Also Train 534 runs Moncton to Amherst (no schedule)

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Fundy Rose Nears Completion

the Digby to Saint John ferry Fundy Rose has spent the winter at pier 9 undergoing a work period. She arrived in Halifax in December 2014 from Greece, and was put into service in the summer of 2015 replacing the Princess of Acadia.

Bay Ferries operates the former CN Ferry routes between Digby / Saint John NB, and Caribou/wood Islands PEI (as Northumberland Ferries) as well as the revived Yarmouth Ferry.

Fundy Rose is scheduled to return to service April 10th.

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CSL Frontier sails from National Gypsum

CSL Frontier is no stranger to Nova Scotia waters. She was built as the Gypsum Centennial, specifically to trade out of the gypsum dock at Hantsport on the bay of fundy. As a result, she is built to a shallower draft, and is wider then most bulk carriers of her size. Painted Black, and Flagged in Barbados, she trades for CSL’s international arm.

Todays voyage was bound for Georgia.

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British Research Vessel at Pier 9

the British flagged research vessel Commander Iona arrived last week and tied up at pier 9. She was built in 2008, and recently refurbished in 2015. Owned by Hays Ships Ltd, of Aberdeen, she’s outfitted for survey work, and is likely here as part of BP’s upcoming exploration program.

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Athabaskan to be towed for disposal Thursday.

Word from Marlant is that Athabaskan will make her way to the Scrap yard Wednesday at 10am. She is the Last of the Iroquois Class destroyers – Algonquin, Huron, And Iroquois having all previously been scrapped.

Athabaskan was Paid off March 10 2017, and has been sitting at the dockyard having salvageable parts removed.

UPDATE 03/28:

She is now scheduled depart at 5pm, under tow of the Atlantic Larch.

Update 03/28 19:00:

She is now scheduled to sail, 0800 on the 29th

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Damia Desgagnes at anchorage #5

The Desgagnes tanker Damia Desgagnes has spent the past few days at anchor in the inner harbour. running between Montreal and Halifax, she’s carrying asphalt to the McAsphalt Dock in Eastern passage, and is scheduled to move to the dock at 10:30 tonight. The ship was built in 2017, And is a hybrid – she can run traditional fuels as well as LNG – or Liquefied Natural gas, which is stored on deck in 2 large tanks.

Canadian Flagged, she is home ported in Quebec.

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