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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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Proposal for Another Ferry Naming Contest

Documents released to go for council propose holding another naming contest for New Harbour ferries to be delivered in 2015 and 2018. A naming contest was used to choose the name Christopher Stannix for the most recent build.
 Administrative Order #46 was approved by Regional Council on June 26,2013, and specifically allowed the use of Council approved contests to name ferries. The approved motion also outlined that permission from Regional Council would be required to commence another naming contest.

 HRM Regional Council could choose to not approve the ferry naming contests. In this case, the ferry would be named in accordance with the process established by Administrative Order #46. There is currently a commemorative name that Regional Council has already approved that would be eligible to be placed on a ferry or road; that name is ‘Lamont Power’, who was part of the Halifax Harbour Pilotage from 1906 – 1954 and served in both World Wars.

 If Regional Council were to reject the Ferry Naming Contest and move forward with ‘Lamont Power’, it would begin a formal naming process that would require the approval of the applicant for their name suggestion to be incorporated into the new harbour ferry.

HRM has tendered for a builder for these 2 ferries, however no decision has been announced as of yet.

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NS Tenders for New Grand Passage Ferry

The Province of Nova Scotia Today issued a tender for the construction of a new 18 car Ferry to run on Grand passage, which is the run between Long island and Brier Island at the end of Digby Neck.

The Route is Currently served by the Joe Casey, Built by AF Theriault in 1995. the Digby neck is also severed by the 2003 Halifax shipyard built Petit Princess, which runs between the mainland and long island. (See those boats here)

Its unclear what the plan for the Joe Cassey is, however she will likely take the place of one of the older ferries in the Provincial highways fleet. its worth noting that the design calls for dual Voith Drives – like the Halifax Harbour ferries use, and unlike the Z drive arrangement used on the current boats.

you can grab the tender documents, Which include a full drawing set at:http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/tender-details.aspx?id=60146868

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2 More Ferries for HRM

On today’s council agenda is a tender award for Two Additional Harbour Ferries. These Boats will replace Halifax III and Dartmouth III which have been in Service since 1978.

The Construction of the 2 new ferries will be done by  A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.,
for a Total Tender Price of $8,835,527 with planned delivery of the first and second ferries in April 2015 and April 2018 respectively;

The 4th Ferry, Christopher Stannix, was Recently delivered by A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd, and the new boats will be built to the same design. The 2015 build is expected to Replace the Dartmouth III, as the Halifax III recently underwent a period of Extended Maintenance.

2 Addtional bids were recived – Aecon Atlantic bid $11,440,695.63 for the 2 boats, and Ocean Industries (Part of Groupe Ocean) bid $14,082,912.84

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