On the lift for a work period. Likely including some paint touchups
The federal government issued a tender to “dispose of, through Ship Breaking, the former HMCS ATHABASKAN”
This means she is to be scrapped, rather then preserved as a museum ship. You can read the Tender at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-ERD-003-26503
Trident is reporting that the Queenston Class Support ships will now be the Protecteur Class, and will now be named Protecteur and Preserver. The previous Conservative government named the to be built support ships in October 2013 as HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay .
The recently scrapped supply ships HMCS Protecteur and Preserver were the original Protecteur Class, and the new class will continue the legacy of the Old ships. Given these vessels were in service in 2013, the names were unavailable for re-use.
These Vessels are scheduled to be built by Seaspan in Vancouver.
CFAV Quest will be towed to Sydney NS on Wednesday Sept 13th for her date with the breakers. Built by Burrard Dry Dock Co in North Vancouver, she entered service in 1969 as one to the navys research vessels.
HMCS St Johns sailed for the Caribbean last night. While the Canadian government has yet to receive a request for hurricane disaster assistance, the ship was sent south prepared to respond to an emergency. they will be training, until a request for assistance comes in.
Given 3 active hurricanes, and a forecast for Irma to pass right up the center of Florida as a class 4 storm, She will likely be put to work.
On a related note, the Port Report, found at http://halifaxshippingnews.ca/portreport.php will now include the hurricane map above During Hurricane Season.
Davie Shipyard announced today they would be opening a Halifax Office for Federal Fleet Services in the Fall as part of Project Resolve – the Interm Supply ship they are building and leasing to the Navy. Federal fleet Services is the Subsidiary who holds the contract with the feds for the ship.
The Interm ship is a converted Container vessel, that was purchased and refit at Davies Yard. The Ship was re-floated for the first time in the Dry Dock Earlier this week. Also contained in the announcement, is confirmation that the ship will be stationed in Halifax.
The Ship is meant to fill the gap between the retirement of HMCS Preserver, and the Construction of the new Berlin Class Ships. Given the Cost of relatively new, Panamax container-ships – conversions like the Asterix make alot of Sense.
Below is a Before Picture of the vessel. Above photo from Davie, via twitter.
Word is Preserver will be towed to the scrappers on Wednesday Aug 2. No word on a Departure time as of yet.
UPDATE: looks like the departure time is set for 10:30 this morning. The Anchor chains are forming a towing bridle.
No word on the tug, but i suspect it will be a local one out of Halifax, as no larger tugs are in port, or due. The Mckeil tug Lois M Slipped in Last night, and tied up behind Preserver.
She will be scraped in in Port Colborne, Ontario by Marine Recycling Corp. We covered the announcement in June.
Photo Below from Yesterday.