This Morning Ferry passengers began tweeting Photos of the BigLift vessel Happy River, heading for the Basin with a Ship on Deck. Happy River tied up at Fairview Cove.
The Boat is a Corvette of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and is bound for Daemons Netherlands Shipyard. recall that Biglift brought the Tops of Atlantic Towing’s new Platform Supply Vessels along with several containers of equipment. Its likely that the Happy River stopped to pick up those containers for the return trip to the shipyard.
Photos Above By Sandy Maclearn, and Clarence Hemeon
The Heavy lift vessel Fairlift made a quick stop at pier 31 today. She reportedly delivered something to the Stenna Icemax, now located off the Shelburne Basin. Jumbo Shipping does offer subsea installation as one of their services, so its possible the ship delivered something to the seabed, rather then to the ship itself.
In other Icemax news, the CNSOPB gave shell permission to start drilling again.
Hansa Heavy Lift recently dropped off some spreaders at Pier 28. there is Speculation that these may be for lifting the 2 west coast bound. Mid Shore Patrol Vessels.
I went looking for a tender award notice – I found none. I did discover however that the project was re-tendered in July. This new tender removed language about delivery to a Foreign port, and now requires the vessels to be delivered to BC. the re-tender also corresponds with an application for a coasting trade license for the unnamed vessel. I was also unable to find a Decision on the coasting trade application.
The Trip is requested to be As soon as possible, between November 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and the Tender closed September 24th, so we are within timelines, and perhaps are waiting for a final contract to be signed. From Questioning in the tender process, it appears that Dockwise and Hansa Heavy Lift were both interested in Bidding.
(Above) Excerpt of Docking plan, from Tender Documents.
The HHL Tokyo arrived last night for bunkers, and will be proceeding to Sheet Harbour to unload wind turbine parts.
Designed for project cargo and heavy lift, HHL Tokyo was built as Beluga Procession, originally for upstart Beluga, who attempted to grow to fast and collapsed in 2011. (Beluga made a few trips to Halifax, including delivering new CGCS Lifeboats) She was Picked up by Hansa Heavy Lift of Germany as a brand new vessel, being on the blocks when Beluga Failed.
The US Flagged heavy lift ship Ocean Charger arrived and tied up this morning to load project cargo.
This is the the first stop for a vessel of the sort at pier 9 in a while, though with recent upgrades, we should se more of this type of activity.
Ocean Charger is Owned and operated by Pacific Gulf Marine, and is unique with her 2 120ton Lattice boom cranes. Shipfax reports she will be fitted with cable tanks, and loaded with submarine cable.
The General Cargo Carrier Celine backing into Pier 27 This morning. Built in 2001, She comes in at 6300DWT, and is 129m long. She is Owned and managed by Enzian Ship Management of Zurich, Switzerland, and is Swiss Registered.
Equipped with two 60ton Cranes, She is Equipped for Heavy lift, can carry 560TEU, or Bulk products in her hold. She was last in Poland, and appears laden, so I suspect she has another load of rails for CN.
Jumbo Shipping’s Heavy lift vessel FairLift arrived this morning at Pier 30. I suspect she is discharging cargo, as their was nothing obvious for her to pick up on the pier. (Though there were some Mammoet heavy transport chassis on the pier the other day.)
Jumbo Shipping is also a regular caller in Halifax, (Past Visits) however they have dropped off since CAT shut the EMD plant in London ONT, and locomotives are no longer exported.
Forward is Nirint Holandia, a regular caller in Halifax.
2 Export Locomotives arrived on Flatcars to the Rockingham Yard yesterday. The units are painted for Vale and appear to be destined for a mine in Brazil. As they lack trucks, The Units are likley bound for a Narrow Gague Route.
Expect a Jumbo Shipping Vessel in the Comming weeks. Stellanova is Due on the 24th.
The Normally quiet Pier 9 has a Busy day today with 2 arrivals.
Jumbo Shipping’s Heavy Lift Ship Daniella is due to load Steam Turbine Components. Both ISI’s Components, and Jumbo Shipping are regular callers in Halifax – Though lately heavy lift operations Have been occurring At Halterm – Including the Locomotive shipments, which occurred at Pier 9 in Previous years.
The Chemical Products Tanker Sakarya is also Due at Pier 9 this afternoon. Wilson’s Fuels has a Spout there to offload to their tank farm on Barrington Street.
Jumbo Spirit is a g500 Class Heavy lift vessel. She features a 250t Crane (aft) and a 250t Derrick forward. The locomotive lift appears to be accomplished with only the crane.
She is Scheduled to sail at 1900 tonight.