Word has reached me that a local diving company was contacted by a potential buyer for the Nova Dock to clean it after purchase. There is no word if the buyers intention is too repair the dock or as a preparation of towing it for scrap,
Thanks to HRM fire buffs for informing us that halifax crews from university ave were paged out to a ship fire just after noon.
Update I was provided with the following info:
at approximately 12noon today light smoke was identified aboard the frigate HMCS St. John’s which is in the yard for a scheduled mid-life refit. Approximately 35 people were working aboard the ship. As a precautionary measure the ship was evacuated. The fire department was called. Initial cause appears to be a pinched electrical line on deck 4 that caused a “hot spot”. Employees extinguished the smoldering area with a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of the fire department. No person was injured and no damage sustained aboard the ship.
The Scotia Dock II was built in 1964 by Canadian Vickers Ltd for use in their shipyard in Montreal. Named General Georges P. Vanier, the dock became redundant when VersatileVickers closed down. It spent some time at Davie in Quebec, Before it was sold to Halifax Shipyards in 1998. It was towed to Halifax, Refurbished, and put into service. The original Scotiadock, was built in 1933 as Prins Hendrik Dok No.4in Rotterdam, and acquired and rebuilt by the shipyard in 1979.
UPDATE: Mac over at Shipfax shed a bit more light on the ownership situation. The NovaDock was in fact built for the Province of Nova Scotia, with the intention of improving business at the yard (When Halifax Shipyard was owned by the Government.) The Provence apparently retained ownership of the dock, however, In February 2013 a waterlot was transferred from the Province to the shipyard for $95,000. that lot was leased by the yard since 1982 (when the Novadock was built) for 1$/year and taken up by Irving when they bought the yard from the province in 1994. Taking ownership of this waterlot was considered a critical part of the NSPS. in light of all this, it appears that the province transferred ownership of the Novadock at that time, and it was likely sold as part of the waterlot.
I have heard rumors that the Nova dock at Halifax Shipyard was broken and in repair.
Today I received confirmation of this:
I was told that the Nova Dock has needed repairs since at least April, and that after evaluating options, costs to repair are approaching the cost of a New Submersible Dock. They have therefore decided to replace the dock. as the shipyard does not have the facilities to build a new dock, and are therefore in the process of attempting to source a replacement.
Today the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) officially designated the Halifax Shipyard’s Graving Dock as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site. Now owned by Irving Shipbuilding, the large dry dock was constructed in the 1880s for shipbuilding and repairs. It has functioned during two World Wars and is still serving the industry today. According to the CSCE’s Program of Designation, the 173-metre-long and 24-metre-wide graving dock is a remarkable engineering accomplishment: at 125 years old it is still performing, essentially according to its original design. At the time of its construction, it was the largest dry dock on the Eastern Seaboard and could handle the world’s largest vessels.
The Graving Dock remains a critical part of Irving Shipbuilding’s operation to this day. Currently in dock is HMCS St. John’s, one of the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-Class frigates. Originally Irving-built at Saint John Shipbuilding, seven of these ships are now in the midst of a refit program. It can take anywhere from 12 – 18 months to complete each ship. The program began in 2011 and will continue into 2017.
It is fitting that the Graving Dock has been recognized for its significance from a historical civil engineering stand-point. It has survived the Halifax Explosion, several World Wars, and the inevitable advancement of the industry from wooden to steel ships as well as the exponential growth in vessel size and weight. It helped repair several thousand ships during World War II and now is the repair site for our Navy’s current combatant fleet, in the very shipyard that will construct the Navy’s new combatant fleet beginning in 2015.
The Ocean terminals At pier 20 are also Registered as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site
HMCS Charlottetown is being handed back to the navy today, having completed the shipyard portion of her Felix refit. HMCS St Johns should take her place at the Machine Shop Wharf shortly.
I Recived an email this morning form a reader who noticed the BluePutties in Drydock in Boston.
In the past, Marine Atlantic work has been done in the NovaDock at Halifax shipyards, however I have heard that the Nova Dock is having some sort of issue and is not serviceable. It may also be that the shipyard does not have capacity given its renovations, Final work on the Hero Class, and Ongoing FELEX Work.
Davie in Quebec Has a Drydock large enough, however I belive it is occupied by newbuilds/and or the Louis St Laurent.
The 9th and Final Hero Class Vessel, the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M, was launched saturday morning. She will be transported to the West Coast with Hero #8 later this year. The Last of the 9 Hero Class boats, She also has the distinction of being the last vessel to be launched on those particular launching ways, which have existed for close to 100 years. When Halifax Shipyard renovations are complete, ships will be launched via a semi-submersable barge at the pier 9 end of the yard.
Photos to follow.