Category Archives: offshore

Siem Pilot for Secunda

 The Offshore supply vessel Siem Pilot has been chartered By Scunda to perfrom some work on the Sable Island Gas Project. This required 2 Coasting trade applications.

The ship will be used to accommodate a dive team working to repair a hydraulic control system on the subsea isolation valve in the Sable Island gas field, east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition, the ship will install grout bags, reinforced bars and weighted mattresses using a remotely operated vehicle.

UPDATE: Much Better Photo

Seismic supply vessel Mainport Pine


The seismic supply vessel may port pine arrived this morning ad tied up at pier 25. But like an offshore supplier she is purpose built to swap crews and supply’s on seismic survey vessels. In the past smaller offshore supply vessels have filled this role.

Mayport Pine was delivered earlier this year.

Cruise Ships, Offshore Vessel, and Other Stuff

(Above)Carnival Legend at Cruise terminal 3 (Below) Norwegian Dawn at Terminal 3. Both vessels departed on time at 1600, arriving before 6 am, they completed a full turnover of passengers.

(above)Edison Chouest Offshore Anchor Handling Supply vessel Dino Chouest, named after the Edision Chouest President. in the graving dock at TampaShip.

(below) the Victory Ship American Victory. She served in the Second World War, Korea, and Vietnam. Note the size between her, and Norwegian Dawn, behind.

(Below) Texas A&M universities training vessel General Rudder. Its named for Texas A&M graduate General James Earl Rudder, who led the US Army Rangers at Pointe du Hoc on D-day.

Atlantic Hawk Makes an Appearance

Atlantic Towing’s Anchor Handleing tug Atlantic Hawk recently arrived in Halifax. No word on a reason for her visit, as she is normally stationed in St Johns NF.

She was built at Halifax Shipyards in 2000.

UPDATE: I have received word that she is on the return trip after towing the GSF Grand Banks to Mississippi for refit. Word is that Halifax Shipyard was in the bidding for the work, but the winter would interfere with the ability to re-paint the rig.

Lasts and Firsts

This year, the first and last vessels were regulars.
The last departure of 2013 was Scotian sea, who sailed around 7:30 pm. The last arrival of 2013 was Atlantic Cartier, around 10pm. She Anchored, in the basin, and Moved to Fairview at 8:30 on Jan 2

The First arrival of 2014 – CCGS Edward Cornwallis, around 5:30am on the first. The First Commercial Vessel was the Venture Sea – arriving 6am on the 2nd.


The British Diving Support Vessel Wellservicer made a brief appearance in  Halifax yesterday, spending just under 11 hours tied up at Woodside. She sailed Just before 10pm.
She recently completed work in the Whiterose field off Newfoundland, and Is now  going to be used to perform the following operations on the Sable Venture Pipeline, off the coast of Nova Scotia:

  1. to remove mattresses from the spool, cut off the ends of the spool and recover them to the deck;
  2. to perform metrology activities to confirm the measurements of the new spool;
  3. to deploy the new spool and place new mattresses over the new spool;
  4. to remove mattresses, perform scour remediation and install pipeline supports.

Atlantic Towing Buys a second vessel from Jaya

Atlantic Towing, Limited has purchased a second Anchor Handling Offshore Supply vessel from JAYA, and is expected to take delivery of the vessel during the first quarter of 2014. She will be known as the Atlantic Merlin.

This vessel is a Wartsila designed VS 4622 CD anchor handling offshore supply vessel and is the sister ship to the recently acquired Atlantic Kestrel which is currently serving off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Atlantic Merlin has 16300 brake horsepower from its main engines and the new ship is also Ice Class 1A giving it the ability to navigate in moderate level ice conditions and northern regions. The ship has been designed to Norwegian Maritime Directorate standards (highest in world for offshore vessels) and carries the Clean Design (CD) designation from Det Norske Veritas (DNV classification society).

The state-of-the art ship has been constructed with a variety of features incorporating the latest offshore technology available. These features include:


• 400 tonne anchor handling/ towing winch
• Anchor handling tools (centering devices, rail cranes)
• Oil recovery capability
• DP2 dynamic positioning system

The new vessel is designed specifically for offshore support and is capable of oil rig towing, oil rig positioning and anchor handling, offshore oilfield supply, stand-by rescue, and iceberg towing/ ice management. It is capable of carrying large quantities of cargo to offshore installations with a large deck area and deck strength as well as a high volume of cargo tank space.

(JD Irving Photo)

Riverton Puts in

Over the Lunch Hour, the supply Vessel Riverton Put into Halifax. Riverton is currently woirking for shell on their offshore exploration off Nova Scotia, and is shuttleing supplies back and forth from the siesmic vessles.

More Western Geco Survey Ships

Offshore exploration is ramping up, with 3 more Western Geco Survey ships due.
Ocean Odyssey(Above) is already tied up at pier 27, and the port is showing that Geco Tau, and WG Magellen and WG Cook are due to arrive.

WG Magellen and WG Cook are interesting vessels, as they are built to the Ulstine X-bow design, and I belive are the first vessels of the design to visit Halifax.

(Left)A photo from shipowner WesternGeco shows WG Magellan and WG Columbus, two of six WesternGeco new seismic vessels with ULSTEIN X-BOW® design, side-by-side as they use a wide azimuth seismic technique, a recent seismic innovation to gather best possible seismic hits. 

Also Due is the Offshore Supply vessel Riverton. Riverton is the Ex MV Smit-Lloyd 112  built in 1975 and was used as an “OffShore Supply” vessel in the North Sea and later for Canadian Patrol Frigate Trials Support & General Purpose Auxiliary in the RCN.  She is owned by Cape Harrison Marine, Who Also own the Ex RCN Minesweaper Anticosti, which recently suffered an engineroom fire.

Riverton will likely serve as a tender to the Survey vessels while they are on station.

Update: WG Magellan arriving this morning. Photo by @cove17 via twitter

the fleet is scheduled to depart on tuesday for he exploration grounds, and will be working for Shell.

UPDATE 2: More of the Fleet

 (Above)Geco Tau (Below)ex RCN Tug Riverton, as a supply vessel

(2 Images Below) WG Cook

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