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Help support the Mission to Seafarers

 

Join the Halifax Mission to Seafarers on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market for an evening of live music, a silent auction and to raise a glass in support of Mission to Seafarers!

The Mission to Seafarers, Halifax, as part of the worldwide network of Anglican sponsored Missions, provides an inter-denominational outreach ministry of compassionate fellowship, hospitality and spiritual care for the wellbeing of all seafarers visiting our port, regardless of their religion, race, age, gender or nationality. The Halifax Mission also provides inter-denominational chaplaincy ministry to the employees and organizations of the Halifax Port Marine Community.

these Folks do good work, and need your support.

Tickets are $50 each

For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact:
Maggie: magwhitt@ns.sympatico.ca;
Helen: hglenn@bellaliant.com; or at
902-422-7790

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*.

You can Subscribe HERE

 

*Ad Free doesnt work if you read HalifaxShippingNews on Haligonia.

New Feature – The Port Report

we have launched a New Feature on our site – The Port Report. you can Reach it at http://halifaxshippingnews.ca/portreport.php

This report generates on demand, and updates every 2 hours. It currently features the latest posts on HSN,  Weather, Wind & Sea Conditions, and Arrivals & Departures.

We will be looking to add new information and features to the report, and are happy to entertain requests and comments.

 

Help Support Easter Seals NS.

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Easter Seals NS is a Non-profit Registered charity that provides services promoting mobility, inclusion, and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities. These include employment programs, Summer Camps for Disabled Kids, Mobility Equipment assistance. They do good work.

Easter seals NS holds an annual Fundraising Event called the Drop Zone. In Exchange for raising Funds, Participants Repel down the side of the Third Tallest Building in Halifax. For the past 5 years, A co-worker of mine has been raising money for this Event. For the Past 2 years, We had an Office team, and I would Photograph them on the way down. (You can see last year’s photos Here https://www.flickr.com/photos/hfxshippingnews/albums/72157659020729886 )Easter seals has also used some of these photos on social media and in print to Promote the event. This year, the office team has retired, or been told that they can’t do it again by their wives. As a result, Ive been asked to join last minute.

Did I mention I don’t like Heights.

I’ve chosen to undertake a Small challenge in order to benefit those who face challenges every day of their lives. I’ve set a very modest fundraising goal of 250$. I would appreciate your support. You can donate at https://easterseals.akaraisin.com/Pledge/Participant/Home.aspx?seid=12291&mid=9&pid=2935142 A tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $15.00 or more.

 

DONATE Here!

2015 in Review

2015 was another eventful year at the Port of Halifax

Incidents

Australian Spirit was towed to Portugal for repairs. Harefield also spent Considerable time at pier 9 waiting for a new rudder part after sustaining Ice Damage. She was Joined at Pier 9 by the Stadt Caditz who suffered engine troubles and also needed parts. Ex RCN Research vessel Cormorant took a List in Bridgewater, and Ex Sea Shepard Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat sunk. Also worth a mention was the March Crash of AC624 at Halifax Airport.

New Ships

Svitzer Won the contract for tugs at Port Cartier, and imported Aussie Immigrants. They also won a contract for and imported Svitzer Nerthus And Njal.  The Former Greek Ferry, Canada 2014 became the Fundy Rose went on trials and in the summer took her place as the replacement for Princess of Acadia. The New Halifax Transit Ferry Craig Blake was delivered and went into service in the spring.

The much delayed Bluenose II – was finally open to the public  and sailed on her own. And the 2 new CCGS Hero class boats for the west coast sailed there under there own power.

Harbour Works

The New Hibernia Atlantic Express Cable was laid. Irving demolished and began reconstructing their wharf in woodside, and The Bridge Commissions’ big lift got under way, with the arrival of Barges
removal of the walkways, and the replacement of the first sections.

The Kings Wharf Harbour Taxi went into service.

Navy News

2015 saw visits from numerous foreign Naval vessels including the Submarine USS Virginia and the third LCS USS Milwaukee. US Coast guard Cutters USCGC Campbell  USCGC Bristol Bay  USCGC Morrow Bay and the First visit for a National Security Cutter USCGC James. French Rocket tracking ship FS MONGE  also stopped in avoiding weather. The PCTC Glovis Century tied up at pier 9 and unloaded Cars. This was to reduce her draft to load  a military cargo in Montreal. She picked up the cars on the way back.

Bigger Ships

CMA-CGM and the Oceans 3 Alliance add a stop in Halifax. This Service is responsible for setting the biggest Ship record, first with the CMA-CGM Vivaldi  , which lost to Hapag Llyods Budapest Express and Colombo Express Finally regaining it with the Arrival of the  USAC ZAMZAM

Retirements

The RCN Paid off HMCS Iroquois on may 1,The Nova Dock was sold, Cut in two, and towed to Tampa Florida. and ACL began retiring and scrapping their conro vessels as the new series come online. The First, Atlantic Star arrives the first week of January.

2014 in Review

2014 was an eventful year at the port of Halifax.

The Fednav Ice Breaking Bulk Carrier Nunavik Stopped briefly on her delivery Voyage. CSL Tacoma, Another new build Bulker also made Several stops this year. BP ran a seismic Survey program over the summer, with familiar and some new vessels working out of Halifax. The Bluenose II finally sailed, though only for a trial. Pier 9c was finished, and went into service, With Onego St.Peterburg being the first vessel to tie up.

Navy

HMCS Fredericton was the first FELEX vessel to Deploy, sailing on Dec 30th. She will replace HMCS Toronto. The Tug Firebird was Declared Surplus. HMCS Preserver and HMCS Iroquois were announced that they would be decommissioned, having reached the ends of their serviceable lives.

Once again 2014 was a good year for port visits to the Dockyard. The French made Multiple stops in Halifax in 2014. FS Misteral and FS La Fayette took place in amphibious landing exercise Lion Mistral with the Canadian Army. Fulmar spent a week in July for the start of the Route Halifax Saint Pierre Yacht Race ,and the Survey Vessel FS Laplace, which had completed surveying Saint Pierre.

The end of July brought the NATO SNMG-1 for a visit. The Fleet consisted of  FGS Niedersachsen, TCG Kemalreis, USS Leyte Gulf, USNS Medgar Evers and USS Anzio. The US Coast Gurad was also a Frequent visitor, with USCGC Escanaba visiting in August, USCGC Morro bay in June, and USCGC Tahoma and Campbell stopping in in March.

Rounding out the Visits were The Danish Destroyer  HDMS Nils Jules visited in December, and The Submarine USS New Mexico Tied up at Shearwater in March, and the German Supplier FGS Bonn in Febuary

Incidents

See our post on Nautical Disasters. 2014 was an eventful year. The tanker AlgoNova caught fire, and Laura 1 was also bumped by the Icebreaker CCGS Henry Larsen, and put in for repairs. In February Asian Emperor  Rolled and destroyed Machinery.  this resulted in our most viewed post ever as Car forums linked to our post, as panicked people awaiting delivery of their new car on the ship tried to figure out if their vehicle was damaged. In March  the tug gulf spray got crushed, and the bulker John 1 went aground off Newfoundland. She was rescued by the tug Ryan Leat. A Container of radioactive material also shut down the Fairview Cove terminal after it fell into the hold of a ship.  In December the Tanker Australian Spirit Lost her rudder, and needed to be towed into port.

Shipyard News.

The 9 Hero Class Vessels for the Coastguard were completed, with #9 Launching in may. With Completion of that program, the Old assembly hall was torn down. The FELEX program continued on, With the First 2 vessels becoming operational.

Shipyard Construction Progressed with the new Assembly building reaching near completion, and the new overhead cranes being installed.

 

Ferries

There was much Ferry News in 2014. The New harbour Ferry Christopher Stannix Was delivered, New Ferry was ordered, and is under construction for delivery next year. The province tendered for a new Boat for Grand Passage, and the New Digby-Saint John Ferry, Currently known as Canada2014 arrived in Canada.
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