Marine Recycling Corporation in Port Colborne Ont. has won the contract to dispose of the former HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest. The contract is worth $12.6 million. The ships will be towed to Port Colborne to be scrapped.
Preserver was decomisioned earlier this year. CFAV Quest was mothballed in 2014.
The Tug Craig Trans Left Halifax Last night, under tow of the Dominion Victory.
The Tug Arrived in Halifax in Dec 2012, the crew having run out of food and Water 3 days prior to Arrival and was detained after inspectors found a number of Deficiencies. The 1944 built tug was on its way to Montreal to tow a ship to the scrappers. The mission to seafarers worked to repatriate the Honduran crew, while The tugs owner was less then supportive.
The Tug was to be sold at Auction, June 15th 2013, but Failed to attract a buyer. It then appears to have fallen into the hands of Dubious local vessel scrapper Tracy Dodds, who then tried to sell it on Auto Trader. The Tug has languished at the Scunda Wharf in the Basin Ever Since.
UPDATE – June 5th:
Thanks to Shipfax, we know the Craig Trans was towed to Marie Joseph on the eastern shore. (About 175 km NE of Halifax, Past Ecum Secum. This Port is also home to the MV Caruso, Ex CCGS Sir Charles Tupper which is partially scrapped, after being towed to Marie Joseph after a Fire at the former Dartmouth Marine Slips.
One other note, which I neglected to include in the original post, was that the Craig trans was bound to tow the Kathryn Spirit from Beauharnois, on the south shore of Montreal for scrap in Mexico. the ship was towed to Beauharnois intending for it to be scrapped there, but local environmental concerns caused the company to sell the ship to Mexican interests. Since the tug hired to tow her was detained in Halifax, The Kathryn Spirit has languished their since, and having developed a list, is now being scrapped where she sits, at taxpayer expense.
Maersk Patras was a regular caller in Halifax on the weekly Maersk call, But had been replaced by Em Kay in 2014. On November 2, she suffered an engine room fire 90 miles ESE of Las Palmas. she lost all power, was towed to port, and offloaded. Given the ships age, She is likely bound for the scrappers given the market for small container ships and the damaged engine room.
Atlantic Erie is also bound for Turkish scrappers. She ran aground in January 2015 leaving port in the Magdalen islands with a salt cargo. She was refloated, and surveyed. With extensive hull damage, she hasn’t sailed since. Atlantic Erie was a regular caller in Halifax over the years, and underwent a work period in 2009 at Halifax shipyards.
R.J. MacIsaac Ltd. has been awarded a 10.8 million dollar contract for the Disposal of HMCS Iroquois. The company is currently under contract to dismantle former HMCS Protecteur and Algonquin. Both those ships were towed to Brooklyn from Esquimalt, B.C.
Iroquois was decommissioned last Summer. The Scrapping contract is to be completed within 18months. There was some speculation that she may become a museum ship in Quebec, though that was thought to be in bad shape. Hopefully Athabaskan will be saved when she is finally decommissioned.
The Scrapping of the EX Sea Sheppard Vessel Farley Mowat Continues in Lunenburg. You can see what she looked like when complete, in 2012 in this post.
After being seized by the Canadian Government in 2008, she was sold to cover unpaid docking fees. The Farley Mowat arrived in Halifax on December 18, 2009 for refit and was towed to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where it was tied up as of February 2010. It was reported in November 2009 that the vessel has been sold for $5000 to Green Ship LLC, a subsidiary of Stephen Munson’s organization Tenthmil to be used in a survey of the North Pacific Gyre. As of August 2010, the Farley Mowat remained berthed in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for a refit under the direction of Cliff Hodder. In early 2013, with unpaid docking fees on the order of 90,000 and Green Ship LLC in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, the ship was sold at a sheriff’s auction to an undisclosed buyer. The buyer was later identified as Tracy Dodds of Eastern Scrap and Demolition Services, a Halifax-based company; the purchase price was $9200.
After (i am assuming) failing to sell at auction in June, word is that the tug will be scrapped. The work is to be completed by the same outfit currently scrapping the Farley Mowat in Lunenburg, after she failed to sell.
Craig Trans was moved to Woodside on the weekend – She may be scrapped there. The Farley Mowat is being scrapped alongside at her pier in Lunenburg.
The above Photo was contributed by Pete Spencer, from April 18 2013, photo taken from m/v Dominion Victory. The entire side is open from stem to stern.
More recent photos were posted by Area Counciler Kevin Saccary from May 6. You can view them in his Facebook Album
It appears the Lyubov Orlova will simply drift away to become another countries problem. After being towed away from the Searose FPSO by Atlantic Hawk, the Tow was handed off to Maersk Challenger, another St John’s based AHST, chartered by Transport Canada.
Rather then return the ship to Port – no port appeared willing to accept the Lyubov Orlova, Maersk challenger, towed her beyond the 200nm limit, and cut her free in international waters. The Lyubov Orlova will drift untill she is Sunk by weather, hits another country, or is claimed by her owners.
Transport Canada maintains that the vessel is still the responsibility of her owners; The Owners likely will not go after the vessel as the cost will be more the the value of the vessel; and if she doesnt sink, the Lyubov Orlova will become another countries problem.
Given the rash of scrap vessels going adrift, The federal Government should pass a law requiring any vessel being towed from within Canadian territorial waters, to outside to carry sufficient insurance for recovery, prior to being allowed to leave port.
UPDATE: It is now reported that the Maersk Challenger took the tow, however the Tow line parted in heavy seas. It was decided to let the Lubov Orlova drift, as she was no longer a danger to off shore installations, nor in Canadian Waters. The owner claims he intends to recover the vessel, however Transport Canada forbids him from doing so with the Charlene Hunt.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, to investigate an incident involving the tug boat Charlene Hunt and the cruise ship Lyubov Orlova, which broke free of its tow line while en route to the Dominican Republic and went adrift. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Huskey Energy is reporting that one of its boats has taken the Lyubov Orlova Under tow.
Huskey is the Operator of the Hiberina platform off Newfoundland, and contracted Atlantic Towing to provide platform support vessels.
As the Lyubov Orlova was adrift without crew, this would count as salvage, meaning Atlantic Towing could file a claim against the vessel to cover its costs for recovery. Given the vessel was sold for scrap, and is likely uninsured, it likely means it is now Atlantic Towings’ to scrap to recover thier costs.
Update via the Telegram
As of 4 p.m. today, the towed MV Lyubov Orlova was 100 kilometres north of Husky Energy’s SeaRose floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) platform, according to a spokeswoman for the operator.
An offshore supply vessel, the Atlantic Hawk, began towing the previously adrift vessel at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, it was 70 kilometres north of the FPSO platform.