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Protecteur and Preserver are back – New Support Ships Re-named by navy!

Trident is reporting that the Queenston Class Support ships will now be the Protecteur Class, and will now be named Protecteur and Preserver. The previous Conservative government named the to be built support ships in October 2013 as HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay .

The recently scrapped supply ships HMCS Protecteur and Preserver were the original Protecteur Class, and the new class will continue the legacy of the Old ships. Given these vessels were in service in 2013, the names were unavailable for re-use.

These Vessels are scheduled to be built by Seaspan in Vancouver.

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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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New Pilot Boats

Halifax has 2 new pilot boats, Nova Pilot and Scotia Pilot. Both came from Holland via Emskip containership at the end of June.  After some training and familiarization both are now in service.

The existing boats have been reassigned. The below photos are of the delivery, and were provided by a friend of the site.

Bonus: Video of a pilot leaving an outbound PCTC

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Atlantic Towings new PSV’s arrive.. Well the tops anyway


Atlantic towing recently won a renewal for offshore contracts off Newfoundland and announced they were building new PSV’s to do the work. These vessels would be built offshore.

Seems the built offshore bit is a sort of, as is thier arrival today. Rather then build complete vessels the top sides arrived today aboard the Biglift vessel Happy Sky. Presumably the bottom parts will arrive shortly on a semisubmersible vessel.  The tops can then be joined to the hulls completing the ship.

Previous Atlantic towing offshore vessels were built at halifax shipyard. Due to clearances in the old assembly hall top sides were constructed and attached to the hull in the yard, so this procedure is nothing new to Halifax shipyards. I suspect in this case importing ship parts results in less duty to be paid then the 25% paid on imported vessels.

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Photo By Cavit Ege Tulça

UPDATE: Further research has provided a more interesting case. The ships were assembled Entirely at the Damen Shipyard in Romania. The two vessels were then Towed to Cadiz Spain, where the topsides appear to have been removed directly from the hulls by the Happy Sky. The Hulls are in tow to Halifax by tugs Fairplay 30 and Fairplay 31, and due next week.

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This is Only temporary..

Davie has revealed that the have received the go-ahead to convert a commercial ship to a new Interm replenishment ship.

To be called the  Resolve, She is the former 1708TEU Containership Asterix, which Davie purchased in July for 20 million dollars. The conversion is expected to cost 350 million, and the vessel will be leased to the Navy.

the Converted vessel will carry 2 helicopters,  40teu, 10,000ton fuel tanks. the ship has a cruising speed of 20.5 knots.

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More Ferry Builds for A.F. Theriault and Sons

A.F. Theriault and Sons Ltd., in Meteghan River, Digby Co., has been awarded the contract to build the new Digby Neck ferry.

The new ferry will replace the 20-year-old Joe Casey. The Joe Casey will be used as a spare ferry for provincial operations. The ferry will be about 35 metres long and 13 metres wide, accommodating 18 cars with additional seating for 10 passengers.

The government has a fleet of nine ferries operating around the province. Delivery of the new ferry is expected to be late next year.

The Joe Casey (Left) was also built by A.F. Theriault and Sons. the Joe Casey provides service to Brier Island and carries over 30,000 vehicles and 75,000 passengers per year.

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New ACL vessels named by Haligonian

 Construction is progressing on Atlantic Container Line’s new G4 vessels, which will be the largest RORO/Containerships in the world. The G4 vessels will replace ACL’s existing fleet of G3’s operating in the company’s transatlantic service.
 

The new G4 Fleet is being named Atlantic Star, Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Skyand Atlantic Sun. Andrea Cox, who started with ACL in September 1996, submitted the winning names. Andrea is a Customer Service Representative at ACL’s Halifax Customer Service Center. Andrea said she chose the names based on her daily experience with customers. 

 
When the construction of the G‐4’s began in 2013, ACL’s parent company, the Grimaldi Group, decided that ACL’s employees would hold a contest to name the new vessels. Over 5,000 name proposals were received. Each ACL country manager and department manager picked his/her favorite 25 sets of 5 names. The most frequently selected 25 name sets were submitted to Grimaldi Group Management in Italy, who chose the winner. 
 
The new G4 vessels will be bigger, faster, greener and more efficient than their predecessors. The G4’s will have a container capacity of 3,800 TEUs plus 28,900 square meters of RORO space, with a car capacity of 1307 vehicles. The new ships will continue to employ cell‐guides on deck, a feature that will allow ACL to extend its enviable record of never losing a container at sea in over 30 years. The first ACL G4 will enter service next summer, followed every two months by a sister vessel until the entire ACL fleet is replaced.
 
 
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Follow the New Ferry Progress

Looks like HRM is Posting progress photos of the New Ferry to be delivered Next year.

You can find them on the Cities Flickr Account

The New Ferry is under construction at AF Theriaut & Sons, the same firm that built the Christopher Stannix, and is due to be delivered in the Spring of 2015.

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