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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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New Schooner to be built in Lunenburg

Westergard and Sons are excited to announce the successful agreement with the Waterfront Development Corporation to lease the famous Bluenose Shed on the historic Lunenburg Waterfront. The long unattended building will be revived to its original purpose for the construction of a 60′ gaff-rigged schooner for the Blue Dream Project. This is also the Shed that the Bounty Was constructed in.

The Alaskan yellow cedar for the Blue Dream Project has arrived at the Bluenose shed in Lunenburg. The planking was sourced in BC and eventually shipped via rail to Halifax, and then by truck to  Lunenburg, NS. So accurate is the sawing that the planks will not need to be dressed before hanging them on the new schooner. This is a new shipment but the same species of wood used in the planking for the Twin Schooner Project, Built up the road at the Dory Shop.

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CSL Tacoma Anchored in the Basin

CSL America’s New Geared Bulk Carrier CSL Tacoma arrived this morning and anchored in the basin. Built in 2013, she is one of CSL’s New Trillium Class. CSL Tacoma is the last of the order, and departed Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China on October 12 en route to Port McNeill, British Columbia. as a Panamax Vessel, she would have come through the Panama Canal.

CSL Americas Operates 6 Trillium Class Pananmax Geared Bulkers. Canada Steamship Lines operates  4 trillium class Great Lakes Geared bulk carriers. CSL Claims these are the cheapest and cleanest to operate bulk vessels in existence.
I Attempted a photo, but was obscured by snow.
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Hero #7 CCGS A. LeBlanc. accepted by Government

Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announces the acceptance of the seventh of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS A. LeBlanc.

The CCGS A. LeBlanc was named after fisheries officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche,
New Brunswick, who joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920. He was killed on October 20, 1926 while investigating illegal fishing vessels.

This Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be based in the Central and Arctic Region and was constructed in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel arrives in its home region.

Oddly, I Don’t have a picture of her in the water..  

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First Visit for Fednav Newbuild NUNAVIK

The newbuild bulk carrier Nunavik arrived this morning at pier 27. This was her first stop in Canada.
She was announced at the same time as Oceanex announced the construction of the Connaigra.

 The MV Nunavik. Built at JMU’s Tsu Shipyard in Japan, the ship will be used to export the concentrates produced at the Canadian Royalties owned Nunavik Nickel mine at Deception Bay in northern Quebec. The vessel will also supply the mine with equipment and fuel, year round.

Rated Polar Class 4, the Nunavik is the most powerful bulk-carrying icebreaker in the world. It is similar in design to the Umiak I, the Fednav ship servicing Vale’s Voisey’s Bay operation in Northern Labrador. The Nunavik will sail unescorted in Arctic regions and will operate in the extreme winter conditions of the Canadian Arctic. It is capable of maintaining continuous progress of 3 knots in 1.5 m of ice.
The vessel was designed by Fednav and JMU, and will sail between Deception Bay and Northern Europe on a year-round basis. The engine produces 29,600 hp, three times the power of a conventional bulk carrier of the same size. The Nunavik will be supported by Enfotec Technical Services, a Fednav subsidiary to provide up to date information on ice conditions as well as technical support to the inhouse IceNav navigation system. 
The Nunavik is equipped with the latest environmental technologies, such as a Tier II engine that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 20%, and the first ballast treatment system installed on a Canadian-owned vessel.

In naming this new ship Nunavik, Fednav wanted to recognize the inhabitants and the region in which it will operate as well as its project partner, Nunavik Nickel

She arrived earlier then scheduled, so was already tieing up when I arrived.

UPDATE 03/21:
She sailed yesterday just after 16:00, the weather was quite rough.

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Hero #9 CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M ready for launch

Hero #9 is lined up on the launch ways ready to go. No word on when the launch will occur, but the yard likely wants her out of the way so they can complete demolition of the assembly hall.
When the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M Launches, she will be the last vessel to be launched from these ways, as finished vessels will be completed at the other end of the yard.
UPDATE: Daylight photo Above.
 
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Hero #9 Rolled out

The CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M was rolled out on Monday, after the launching of the CCGS M. Charles Saturday night. With the rollout having occurred, demolition of the remainder of the building can continue, and was quickly resumed this past week. Unlike the previous vessels, she was painted while still in the shop, though is missing her white stripe, name and coast guard markings.

 

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