Category Archives: tanker

Nore For Wilson’s Fuels?

the Tanker Nore arrived this morning and tied up at Pier 9, where Wilson’s Fuels has a connection to their tank farm on barrington street, Though she is likely not carrying a cargo.

A small tanker,  she was built in 2007, and arrived from Ceuta Spain. A sister ship to Algoma Dartmouth, Shipfax is reporting that she is bound for the west coast under Canadian ownership as AS Aquarius. if you look closely, you will notice her name has been painted out on the hull, both forward, and on the stern.

Tanker Traffic

(Above) the Crude Carrier Helga Spirit took to Anchorage 1 for Bunkers. Empty, She arrived from Saint John NB. (Below) the Irving Oil  Tanker Acadian, tied up at the Irving terminal.

Damia Desgagnes at anchorage #5

The Desgagnes tanker Damia Desgagnes has spent the past few days at anchor in the inner harbour. running between Montreal and Halifax, she’s carrying asphalt to the McAsphalt Dock in Eastern passage, and is scheduled to move to the dock at 10:30 tonight. The ship was built in 2017, And is a hybrid – she can run traditional fuels as well as LNG – or Liquefied Natural gas, which is stored on deck in 2 large tanks.

Canadian Flagged, she is home ported in Quebec.

Other Harbour Happenings.

With the Arrival of the Largest Container ship todate, a tall ship at anchor, and A US Aircraft carrier all showing up in recent days, its easy to forget other actions still happen daily in the port.

(Above)YM Moderation Put in for the Alliance. The Car Carrier liberty tied up at autoport, and then Moved to Pier 31.

(Above) Acadian sits at anchor waiting to tie up at the Irving Oil wharf. (Below) Atlantic Pegasus departed imperial oil for Sea.

Golden Oak Fixed an issue at anchor, and then proceeded to Imperial Oil.

(Above) The herring Fleet is Still in town, with the morning Star Transiting. (below)The Vera D Arrived just ahead of the ZIM Antwerp, but got out of the way.

Sunday Roundup.

(Above) CMA-CGM Elbe at Pier 41. Another of the Same Class of 9400TEU Vessels CMA-CGM has been using on their Columbus Loop.

(Below) YM ENLIGHTENMENT was last nights call to Fairview Cove. Running a Short Service, she will call once a month, and was last here May 15th.

(below) The products tanker Sichem Challenge Put in for bunkers Sunday afternoon. A small tanker, shes not much larger then the Algoma Dartmouth.

Tug Genesis Victory and barge GW6506

Appearing to be loaded, and arriving from Texas, the Articulated Tug and barge Genesis Victory / GW6506 likely is waiting in the basin to offload at one of the terminals in Halifax. there are currently 6 Oil terminals in the Port. the First is the Tufts Cove Power plant, the Second is Wilson’s Fuel at Pier 9.

Irving has revamped their wharf at woodside, and is now accepting their own product. Imperial oil is still operating their terminal on the refinery site, McAsphalt industries operates a wharf in eastern passage to accept liquid asphalt products, and Valero has their wharf in Eastern Passage.

Arca 1 aground off Sydney.


Above photos from don. Used with permission
DFO is reporting that the former Montreal based bunkering tanker Arca 1 has run aground off Sydney NS. JRCC Confirmed that the Vessel lost power, and went aground at 10am.

 

Location of Arca 1. Red dot in upper left corner.

The vessel was recently sold to Dominican interests after being laid up, and was bound for the Caribbean, with a stop in Shelburne, likely for a survey or work period.

Designed to work in sheltered waters of the port of Montreal the vessel was skirting the coast, and sheltering from weather. She was built at Port Weller in 1963 as Imperial Lachine and changed hands a few times. She finally was laid up for sale in 2014.

More to follow

Updated 13:47. Images from JRCC via twitter.

UPDATE:15:20 – Crew Hoisted off. Vessel is in the surf zone, and will probably get pushed higher up onto the beach/ torn apart.

See  Shipfax for a better description of the vessel. The engines are located on deck, and could easily be overcome by following seas.

 

Update 0900 01/09:

Looks like CCGS Earl Grey and several tugs, including Robert Mckeil Arrived on scene over night. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Sydney. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

UPDATE 14:30:

TSB has arrived on Scene. Tugs have returned to port – Tim Mckeil was also in attendance (Mckeil has an operation in Sydney) NASP Overflights to monitor for pollution continue.

 

Update 1600:

Offshore wind forecast tomorrow morning. An attempt will be made to pull her of the ground then. High Tide is at 6:31am tomorrow, so I would guess that’s when they will try.

 

Update 2100:

Mckeil will be performing the salvage on the 6:30am High Tide. The plan is to have the Small tug Kaliutik attempt to pull the Arca 1 free. If she cant do it, she will run a tow line to the Tim Mckeil, 1/2 mile off shore in deeper water, who can offer a more powerful pull. Apparently the bottom is sandy there, so there is little damage to the ship, and once free will be towed into Sydney.

The owners, Mexician Oil Company Petroil, have been using Inchcape Shipping Services as agents. Inchcape hired Mckeil to do the salvage work.

I have also learned from industry Sources that the Captain is believed to be American, but the other 5 crew members are Canadian.

Update 2345:

Crews boarded the vessel to prepare for the tow earlier tonight.

 

Update: 0800 01/10

unconfirmed – Looks like she is still aground. seas look calm, so Im guessing shes really stuck in the sand. CCGS Earl grey was headed into port earlier.

Update 1100:

Reports are (from Local Xpress) that they will go for tonight’s high tide instead. Salvage crews will pump out ballast water which should lighten the vessel. there is no damage to the hull. High tide tonight is at 6:31, and tonight’s will be about 20cm higher then this mornings tide.

Update 1500:

CG reports towline is attached. deballasting operations are underway.

NASP overflight photo from earlier today.

update 1600:

found this photo on Facebook – shows the drive units raised out of water.

Update 1630: looks like dewatering has raised the vessel

Update 0830 01/11:

The attempt last night to pull Arca 1 off the shore failed. Mckeil is reporting needing a larger tug, which will take a couple of days to arrive. As well, weather is deteriorating, which will cause a few days delay. Salvage crews pumped ballast water back in to ensure the vessel stays put.

Saturday Arrivals

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Maersk Penang made the weekly stop today at Pier 41. NYK Demeter Tied up at Fairview Cove. Both arrived for 8am. Maersk Penang sailed mid afternoon, with NYK Demeter sailing in he early evening.

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Serenity Ace tied up at autoport for 5pm. Cap Lara spent the day at anchorage 1, awaiting CFIA Moth inspection. The first vessel of the ear to stop for this. She arrived for 9.

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Also making appearances today were the tanker Citrine, who anchored in the basin, Atlantic Huron for National gypsum at 8am, and CSL Metis, who anchored, and will take Atlantic Hurons place at Nation Gypsum.

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