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
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.
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.
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
The CCGS A. LeBlanc is scheduled to launch tomorrow morning. The Port Authority lists this for 0800.
When it actually happens is probably weather dependent
More to Follow
UPDATE: launch now scheduled for 0900 sunday
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
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.
though no release has been issued, CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. is now tied up at BIO, and carries a Canadian registry. This signifies that she has been handed over from the Shipyard to the Coast Guard.
Work on Hero Class #7 CCGS A. LeBlanc has been progressing. it was rolled back last week, though there has been no sign of hero #8 outside the assembly hall.
The CCGS Corporal Mclaren MMV took to the basin for builders trials this morning. I believe this is the first time she has operated under her own power.
the new build Oceanex Connaigra Arrived in Halifax on her maiden revenue voyage and tied up at Autoport. She Was recently delivered from the builders in Germany, and is filling in For Oceanex Sanderling who will be heading to the NovaDock on the 13th. After Sanderling’s work period, Oceanex Connaigra will work on the Montreal route with Oceanex Avalon and Cabot.
See Oceanex’s Fleet
Update, She Moved to Halterm Early this morning.
The Government today announced the acceptance of the fifth of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS G. Peddle S.C. The CCGS G. Peddle S.C. will be based in Dartmouth at BIO and will be used for fisheries enforcement duties in the Atlantic Region.
A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow.