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Hero Class #4 – CCGS Constable Carrière rolled out

The 4th Hero Class Mid Shore Patrol Vessel, CCGS Constable Carrière  (Above) was rolled out today at halifax ship yards. To date 2 have been completed and turned over to the coast guard, and CCGS Corporal Teather C.V is nearing completion at pier 9 (Below).

 J. L. François Carrière was an officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who drowned on duty. It was while he was working as a scuba diver, subjecting a suspected drug-smuggling vessel, the Donia Portland, to an underwater inspection, that Carrière died. The Donia Portland was a large freighter, and Carrière was one of a team of five inspecting the vessel. He reported problems with his breathing apparatus, although his gauge showed he still had air in his tanks. Another diver who went to assist him, lost contact with him due to murky water.

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Marine Atlantic Ferry Highlanders for Nova Dock

The Marine Atlantic ferry  Highlanders arrived at the Nova Dock today for some work. She was last here in April 2012. This is likely for Routine maintinace, but stay tuned.

Highlander arriving this morning (Robert Grahm Photo, Via our Facebook Page)

Update 01/17 Irving news Release:
 MV Highlanders at Halifax Shipyard
Marine Atlantic’s MV Highlanders ferry arrived in Nova Dock this month at the Halifax Shipyard. The ship is in for some repair and maintenance work on its docking stabilizers. The vessel is expected to be at the yard for approximately two weeks, and the repair work will employ up to 35 workers. The vessel was last in at Halifax Shipyard in April 2012 for general maintenance and repairs.

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HMCS Toronto to Halifax Ship yards

Halifax Shipyards will be cramming in the frigates – With 2 allready there undergoing thier FELEX mid-life refits (HMCS Fredericton at the Machine Shop Wharf, and HMCS Montreal in the graving Dock) HMCS Toronto, is due to arrive at Halifax Shipyard this week for about 10 days of preparation before deployment overseas in January.

Warships typically dont have a maintance period like this prior to deployment, however the ship is expected to serve a double length tour (18 months), with the crew being rotated  mid deployment.

(Above)HMCS Toronto at anchor this morning.

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Halifax Shipyards Announces Enginerring firm for yard upgrades.

ISI Anounced today that enginering for 300 million in yard upgrades would be done by Hatch Mott MacDonald Engineering. HMM designed Saint John Shipyard’s buildings and infrastructure; they have also managed and designed marine projects at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal, Department of National Defence Halifax, and Eastern Passage Autoport.

Hatch Mott MacDonald has 40 employees – primarily engineers and specialists – in Nova Scotia today.  With this contract, the company expects to grow to about 65 engineers and specialists to complete the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy yard modernization plans at Halifax Shipyard.

The program presents significant challenges to ISI and the consulting team.  In order to meet delivery, schedule, and financial obligations, ISI must prepare their facility to achieve the goal of beginning production of the first set of vessels in late 2013, and provide a quality product in the most efficient manner possible.  This will require extensive facility modernization including new buildings, building renovations, new marine infrastructure, a new ship erection platform, and extensive site works.

For More See ISI’s release or HMM’s 

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Fredericton and Montreal FELEX Update

HMCS Montreal in the graving dock:

Montreal Does not Appear to be getting the Extensions on the Back of the Hanger, which I belive are for LFSR Domes, Which are part of the Command and control fit on 2 of the Boats. (Halifax and Fredericton have them)

HMCS Fredricton being kitted out at the Machine Shop Wharf

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