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Happy Birthday to Me

August 16th marks the 9th Birthday of Halifax Shipping News – Which began on this day back in 2008.

In Celebration, from now until midnight Saturday, Anyone who subscribes will get a free PDF electronic copy of out tall ships photo book. Subscription help cover the costs of running this site, and since you contributed directly, also render it Ad Free*.

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Whats in the Bag

A recent trend has been Whats in the Bag Posts, Where Various bloggers post what they carry in their Laptop Bags. Since I occasionally like to pull back the covers and reveal the inner workings of Halifax Shipping News, I Thought it was time for a “Whats in the Bag Post”

The Bag itself is a Lowepro LP36416 Event Messenger 250. This bag is awesome. its not particularly large or cumbersome, but it holds everything I need it too, and it has a laptop slot. Like all Lowpro Products, it has excellent build quality. I have had this one for over a year, and it still looks new after daily use.

Items In the Bag:
Standard Horizon HX851 – VHF Radio. Allows me to keep tabs on marine traffic. via Halifax Traffic ch 12,14, 16.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2MP Digital SLR Camera  – My Primary Camera, This one is a beast, and the  body is very worn. I Have long since retired the Kit 18-55 lens that came with it. I also added the Vertical grip.

Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Lens  – the Sigma 18-200 is a great range for shipspotting, as you can accommodate vessels far away and upclose. I used to carry the kit 18-55 lens and a 55-200 lens, but this one covers the full range, so iI dont need to worry about switching glass.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens – this prime lens mostly gets used in low light situations. For fast glass, its very afforadable, and Canon Fans Love it. The shot below was taken with this lens

The Small Bag Holds Cactus Wireless flash triggers, Assorted cables and Chargers and CF Card reader. Since I Carry this Bag on A Daily Basis, Some items are not directly related to the blog. The Laptop of Choice is either a Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop (Personal) or a Toshiba Portege Z930 (Work)

I also carry a SOG EOD Powerlock Multi tool, MAGLITE AA Mini Flashlight ,and Spyderco Rescue 79mm Knife

Not Pictured are the iPad, and iPhone, which are my primary tweeting platforms.

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2012 the year in review

Goodbye 2012

2012 was an interesting year. 180000 people read halifaxshippingnews.ca in 2012 – more then ever before, and growth was steadly climbing from month to month. We also had the 320 posts this year – almost one a day, and picked up Telonix as our first sponsor.

In Ship Building news, The APA recived its new Pilot Boat. The First 3 Hero Class midshore patrol vessels were launched for the Coast Guard. HRM Decided to build a 4th Ferry, and the 3 existing ones got AIS. The Bluenose was launched, and Oceanex, Fedanav, and ACL all ordered new ships.

Halifax saw a variety of interesting Visiting naval  Ships, including USCG Dependable, Tahoma, JuniperReliance and Spencer; Royal Navy HMS Scott, HMS Protector, US Navy ships USS Laboon, USS Fort WorthUSS De Wert and USS Hurricane; Plan Zenghe, HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl, The German vessels FGS Emden, FGS Hessen, FGS Frankfurt am Main; HDMS Esbern Snare; USNS GrappleFrench Naval Tug Malabar

Breakdowns – Atlantic Cartier with engine troubles, Renate Shulte with a hole in her bow from a loose anchor, Stuttgart Express with a bunker leak.

We commemorated the Titanic 100th anniversary, tall ships, afl went bankrupt and the ship was sold by the court. Pier 9 expansion was well under way and the  Pier 42 Expansion was completed; first disney cruise; and the Scotia Dock II sold for scrap.

there are many more notable events that I missed.
Lets bring on 2013, it should be interesting.

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