the Herald reports that a fire occurred on the AlgoNova 9am this morning, 83km North of Gaspe. JRCC Dispatched a helo and a C-130 from Greenwood, to the Honuedo Straight.
AlgoNova departed Halifax on Friday. Another Commercial Vessel and a CCGS Ship were also standing by to render assistance.
AlgoNova was built in 2008. She was Bound for Quebec.
UPDATE: Tug Ocean Arctique underway to offer assistance and possibly escort to Sydney.
UPDATE: No Additional News, However identical twin vessel Algo Canada suffered an explosion in 2009 after tanks were improperly vented using a procedure that was valid for Algoscotia, but not Algocanada due to differing equipment designs. TSB Report can be found Here
UPDATE: 21 January 2014 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Sydney, Nova Scotia, to investigate a fire that occurred on board the tanker vessel Algonova. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Various product tankers have been shuffling around Imperial oil as of late, with vessels going to anchor, moving to the oil docks and then back out to anchor. Alice (Above) anchored on arrival yesterday, moved to the oil dock later in the day, and then moved back to anchor this morning.
Energy Pioneer spent some considerable time in the outer anchorage, moving to sea periodically due to weather. On arrival, she anchored, and North Contender moved from anchor in the basin to the Oil Dock.
Woodward Group tanker Havelstern arrived at anchor overnight, and is scheduled to dock in the Nova Dock for a work period. Havelstern began moving for the shipyard around 10:30.
Sister Travelstern was drydocked in November, emerging just before Christmas.
Photo to follow
Reports are that as a result of the refinery shutdown, Irving Oil is looking to rebuild their wharf at woodside. Irving currently Has a tank farm at woodside, however since their old wharf was condemned, have been accessing it via Imperial Oil. recently core drilling has been taking place in its vicintiy.
With the Shutdown of the refinery, Other Oil Producers will want to have less reliance on Imperial Oils facilities – Especially Irving, who now operated the only east coast refinery in Canada.
(Above – Irving Tanker Acadian at Imperial Oil Wharf) See this ShipFax Post for photos of the old Irving Oil Dock
Today brought the arrival of Harbour Fashion, A Products tanker to Pier 9.
Wilsons Fuels has a facility there to top up their Barrington street tank farm, and sees a couple of vessels per year.
She Sailed from Trois Rivers Quebec, on the 5th. I see no active coasting trade license, so is suspect she is importing oil, ad making 2 deliveries.
Photo to Follow.
With the Departure last Thursday of the Holiday Island from the Nova Dock, Space was freed up for the Woodward Group Coastal Shipping Ltd tanker Travestern to enter this morning.
Photos to Follow.
Tanker SeaFriend at anchor. She will likely move to IOL once Elka Angelique Departs.
The products tanker Indian point completed discharging refined product at the Imperial Oil terminal, and proceeded to anchor.
The crude carrier Alpine Loyalty arrived from the outer anchorage to load unrefined crude and take it to another Canadian refinery. She had been in the outer anchorages waiting for a Coasting trade license to move 120,000 barrels of unrefined crude to another refinery – either in St Johns, or Via Pipeline from Portland Maine to refineries in Ontario and Quebec. This Crude is presumably the remaining unrefined oil after the plant shutdown.
Update: 10/10/13 Alpine loyalty sailed at 1500, giving PAULSBORO USA as her destination
Products Tanker Sichem Melbourne Arrived after noon, and proceeded to IOL. She will be loaded with refined product for export.
The tanker alpine loyalty is currently at anchor in the approaches. A coasting licence has been applied for her. The ship will be used to transport approximately 120,000 barrels of crude oil, in one voyage, from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Canaport, Saint John, New Brunswick and/or Portland, Maine, United States of America via pipeline to Montreal, Quebec and/or refineries in Quebec, and/or refineries in Ontario.
Looks like despite the shutdown there is still a lot of unrefined product in halifax