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Peak at HERO #9

With hero #8 rolled out, today brought the opening of the doors offering a peak at hero #9. She will likely be rolled out for painting at some point this weekend, though that may be dependent on the forecast.

Hero #9, the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.,is named after Canadian Army soldier Captain Nichola Goddard, M.S.M, who has the distinction of being the first female Canadian combat soldier killed in combat, and the 16th Canadian soldier killed in Canadian operations in Afghanistan.

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Hero #8 Rolled out – CCGS M. Charles

The second to last hero class vessel was rolled out on the weekend, after the delayed launch of CCGS A. Leblanc occured last weekend.

She was rolled out for painting way back at the Beginning of October. Much work that is normally completed in the yard appears to have been done indoors, inducing installation of the crane on the rear deck, and some antennas and other equipment. Once the mast is installed, launching should occur fairly quickly.

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M/V Christopher Stannix Update

The Following Photos were provided By HRM, and show the construction of the new Harbour Ferry Christopher Stannix at the A.F. Theriault & Son Shipyard in Meteghan.

HRM Assembled a Flickr site with Additional progress photos here.

 

(Above) Engine room (Below) ER and Passenger Access

(Below) Wheelhouse fitting out.

The Digby Courier  had  Article with an update from mid December. The Photos below By John DeMings who wrote the article. and were taken from the article.

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The New Ferry Has A Name.

After a call for submissions, narrowing those submissions down to a finalist list of five and over 12,000 individuals picking their favorite name for the new harbour ferry, we have a winner. The name of the new harbour ferry will be Christopher Stannix. This option recived 61% of the vote

A reservist with the Halifax-based Princess Louise Fusiliers, Stannix had achieved the rank of master corporal but accepted a demotion to corporal in order to go to Afghanistan. In April 2007, at age 24, Stannix was killed by a roadside bomb while patrolling in Kandahar, Afganistan.

Once the new vessel is received, Metro Transit will organize a ceremony to commemorate its launch and more details on that will be available in the coming weeks. Currently, the new harbour ferry name sits with Transport Canada for final approvals, which are expected to be received shortly.

Past ferries have been named for Military Men. The First Steam powered Ferry, Sir C. Ogle, was named after Charles Ogle, then the Commander of the North Atlantic Station. Boxer was also Named after Captain Boxer, of a Royal Navy Ship that rendered assistance to the Steam Boat Company

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CCGS A LeBlanc Still not launched

Originally scheduled to be launched last weekend, CCGS A LeBlanc still sits in the yard at halifax shipyards. The launch cradle is lashed to the vessel, however she is still surrounded by barriers and has yet to be moved to the top of the launching ways.
No word on a new launch date at this time.
UPDATE:
Shipfax reports that a line may have parted while moving the vessel to the top of the launching ways, injuring a worker. As a result, a stop work order may have been issued, delaying the launch indefinitely.
Update:
The hearld confirmed this story today. During the launching operation a cable came loose, causing a clip to go flying, crashing through a windshield and injuring a worker. The stop work order will be lifted when the labour department is satisfied the work can be done safely. Other shipyard work is unaffected
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HRM Looks to build More new Ferries

HRM released an Expressions of interest for the construction of 2 new Ferries. These new vessels will be built to the same plans as the 4th ferry currently under construction by AF Theriault & Son.

From the Document:

Metro Transit’s existing ferries were constructed in 1978 (Dartmouth III and Halifax Ill)
and 1986(Woodside I). As such, these ferries are approaching the end of their economic
lifespan. Metro Transit is currently engaged in a project to expand the ferry fleet with the
construction of an additional vessel in support of planned service improvements on the
Woodside ferry route to be completed in the spring of 2014 and as awarded to A.F.
Theriault & Son Ltd. – (Tender No. 13-009).

HRM now plans to construct two more ferries in years 2014-2015 and 2017-18

The documentation presented to Council surrounding the construction of the 4th ferry mentioned that it was the start of fleet renewal, and that engineering work would be transferable to replacement ferries fro Halifax III and Dartmouth III

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Hero #8 to Be Rolled out for Painting

CCGS A. LeBlanc was spotted covered in tarps this morning suggesting that Hero #8 will be rolled out for painting this weekend. Hero #8 will become the CCGS M. Charles

CCGS M. Charles, after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.

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