Word from Marlant is that Athabaskan will make her way to the Scrap yard Wednesday at 10am. She is the Last of the Iroquois Class destroyers – Algonquin, Huron, And Iroquois having all previously been scrapped.
Athabaskan was Paid off March 10 2017, and has been sitting at the dockyard having salvageable parts removed.
She is now scheduled depart at 5pm, under tow of the Atlantic Larch.
Update 03/28 19:00:
She is now scheduled to sail, 0800 on the 29th
Marine Recycling Corp. of Port Colborne, Ont., has been awarded a $5.7-million contract the Athabaskan. The Work will take place in Sydney NS, and needs to be complete by July 2019.
Sadly, it looks like she wont become a museum ship.
CFAV Quest will be towed to Sydney NS on Wednesday Sept 13th for her date with the breakers. Built by Burrard Dry Dock Co in North Vancouver, she entered service in 1969 as one to the navys research vessels.
Preserver sailed for the Great Lakes today, under tow from the tug Lois M. As of noon, she was passing the Museum Wharfs.
As previously reported, she is on her way to be scrapped.
Top photo captured via NovaScotiaWebcams.com. Others from MARLANT, via twitter.
Word is Preserver will be towed to the scrappers on Wednesday Aug 2. No word on a Departure time as of yet.
UPDATE: looks like the departure time is set for 10:30 this morning. The Anchor chains are forming a towing bridle.
No word on the tug, but i suspect it will be a local one out of Halifax, as no larger tugs are in port, or due. The Mckeil tug Lois M Slipped in Last night, and tied up behind Preserver.
She will be scraped in in Port Colborne, Ontario by Marine Recycling Corp. We covered the announcement in June.
Photo Below from Yesterday.
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.
Since sinking and being re-floated in June 2015, the Farley Mowat has languished at the pier in Shelburne. Court Orders to remove the vessel went unanswered, resulting in her Owner Tracy Dodds being imprisoned for contempt of court for failing to remove the vessel. In 2016 he was given a May 31 deadline to move the vessel, or face $10,000 in fines or 20 days in jail. He was arrested in August 4 2016, and served his time.
The federal government has announced they will now issue a contract to remove and scrap the vessel, and then attempt to recover the funds from Dodds, under the Polluter Pays Principal. In the end – the taxpayer will be left holding the bag, as the feds also will attempt to recover the $815,000 cost to refloat Farley Mowat – the money likely doesnt exist. Not included in the cost are thousands of dollars in unpaid berthage fees, and additional lost revenue from vessels not being able to tie up, because of the Presence of the Ship.
Dodds also owned the Craig Trans, which racked up over $100,000 in bertage fees in Dartmouth Cove, and Numerous other vessels around the province.
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.