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HMCS St Johns Sails For Caribbean

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.

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Project Resolve, Interm AOR to Station In Halifax.

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.

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Preserver Departs for the Scrap Yard

Preserver sailed for the Great Lakes today, under tow from the tug Lois M. As of noon, she was passing the Museum Wharfs.
As previously reported, she is on her way to be scrapped.

Top photo captured via NovaScotiaWebcams.com. Others from MARLANT, via twitter.

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Preserver to the Scrappers Wednesday Aug2

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.

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NATO Exercise Dynamic Mongoose Coming Up

The past few days has brought the arrival of a Dutch Submarine, and word of a Visit by the Eisenhower Carrier Group at the end of the month. NATO has also announced an exercise running in the North Atlantic in Late June and early July.

The upcoming Dynamic Mongoose is scheduled for June 26 to July 8, 2017. Dynamic Mongoose is the second annual NATO-led maritime Anti-Submarine Warfare interoperability exercise.  The aim of this exercise is to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills.

NATO Photo – Dynamic Mongoose 2016 Participants

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CFAV Quest and Preserver to be scrapped in Ontario.

Marine Recycling Corporation in Port Colborne Ont. has won the contract to dispose of the former HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest. The contract is worth $12.6 million. The ships will be towed to Port Colborne to be scrapped.

Preserver was decomisioned earlier this year. CFAV Quest was mothballed in 2014.

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2x Training Ships at the Ocean Terminals

Saturday brought the Arrival of 2 training ships. The First, The Italian Navy sail training vessel Amerigo Vespucci. Named after an Italian explorer  the vessel is a full rigged three-masted steel hull 270.34 ft long, width of 15.5 m 51 ft. She has a draught of about seven metres (23 ft). She was built in 1930/31 and the design was inspired by the style of large late 18th century 74-cannon ships of the line. She is home-ported in La Spezia. I believe she was last in Halifax in 2000.

She will be open for tours at Pier 20 today 1600 – 1830 and 2030 to 2200, and tomorrow 1030-1200 and 1530-1700

The Second training Vessel is the TS State of Maine, which belongs to the Maine Maritime Academy. Built in 1990, she is the ex USNS Tanner (T-AGS-40) and was laid up following an engine room fire in 1993. In 1996 she began conversion to the training ship, and went on her first voyage in 1997. She is tied up at pier 23, and is not open to the public.

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Quay Construction for AOPS at Dockyard

I had a question about the work taking place at Pier 9. McNally construction currently is building a new Quay to serve as a Home base for the new AOPS vessels under construction at Halifax Shipyards. The dredging work was completed over the winter, and they are now pouring the blocks that make of the Quay.

The blocks are individually slipformed on a semi-submersible barge, then floated off when complete, towed to their final location and sunk into position. the blocks are hollow, and will be filled with rock, and the whole area will then be backfilled, and paved over.

A completed block, tied up at Pier 9

A new block, just underway.

The whole process hasen’t changed much in close to 100 years – this is the same method used to construct the Ocean Terminals almost 100 years ago

One Final Note: Why is it a Quay?

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