The second to last hero class vessel was rolled out on the weekend, after the delayed launch of CCGS A. Leblanc occured last weekend.
She was rolled out for painting way back at the Beginning of October. Much work that is normally completed in the yard appears to have been done indoors, inducing installation of the crane on the rear deck, and some antennas and other equipment. Once the mast is installed, launching should occur fairly quickly.
In what was perhaps a prophetic photo (Above) from the 17th, the CCGS A. Leblanc is scheduled to launch tonight, at 0200am on the 27th. I cannot recall a night launch previously, though its likely an attempt to foil media coverage – likely to be heightened due to the injury on the initial attempt.
The CCGS A. LeBlanc is now showing a Sunday morning Launch on the ports website. It would appear that the stop work order has now been lifted.
Perhaps not. I learned last night that tomorrows launch has again been Canceled.
Originally scheduled to be launched last weekend, CCGS A LeBlanc still sits in the yard at halifax shipyards. The launch cradle is lashed to the vessel, however she is still surrounded by barriers and has yet to be moved to the top of the launching ways.
No word on a new launch date at this time.
Shipfax reports that a line may have parted while moving the vessel to the top of the launching ways, injuring a worker. As a result, a stop work order may have been issued, delaying the launch indefinitely.
The hearld confirmed this story today. During the launching operation a cable came loose, causing a clip to go flying, crashing through a windshield and injuring a worker. The stop work order will be lifted when the labour department is satisfied the work can be done safely. Other shipyard work is unaffected
Woodward Group tanker Havelstern arrived at anchor overnight, and is scheduled to dock in the Nova Dock for a work period. Havelstern began moving for the shipyard around 10:30.
Sister Travelstern was drydocked in November, emerging just before Christmas.
Photo to follow
The CCGS A. LeBlanc is scheduled to launch tomorrow morning. The Port Authority lists this for 0800.
When it actually happens is probably weather dependent
More to Follow
UPDATE: launch now scheduled for 0900 sunday
Circa 1942, From the Library and Archives Canada
With the Departure last Thursday of the Holiday Island from the Nova Dock, Space was freed up for the Woodward Group Coastal Shipping Ltd tanker Travestern to enter this morning.
Photos to Follow.
CCGS A. LeBlanc was spotted covered in tarps this morning suggesting that Hero #8 will be rolled out for painting this weekend. Hero #8 will become the CCGS M. Charles
CCGS M. Charles, after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.
though no release has been issued, CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. is now tied up at BIO, and carries a Canadian registry. This signifies that she has been handed over from the Shipyard to the Coast Guard.