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Australian Spirit to Be Offloaded

The Australian Spirit is now anchored in the Bedford Basin. there are conflicting reports that she either outright lost her rudder,or its hard to port. Given the work the stern tug did, and the vessels track, it would seem that the rudder is hard over, and not missing.

The tanker Americas spirit is due early afternoon today, and will anchor in the basin. She will then move alongside the Australian spirit, and transfer cargo so that repairs can be made. it is unclear if all the tanks need to be emptied, or if they will only empty the stern ones, leaving the bow down, and exposing more of the rudder.

UPDATE: Americas Spirit  Arrived late on the 15th, and tied up alongside Australian Spirit on the 16th and began the transfer operation.

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AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT in need of a tow

The crude oil carrier Australian Spirit is apparently in trouble off Halifax and is need of a tow.
She sailed from Staten Island NY on the 4th, bound for York. She reportedly lost stearing last night, Aprox 75km off Chubecto head.

 (Above) Position as of 1500 AST 10/12/14

I Know no further details at the moment, but was tipped off by a Canadian Press reporter covering the story. Anyone know anything? email me info@halifaxshippingnews.ca

UPDATE: the tug Atlantic Larch is reportedly on Scene, and the Venture Sea and CCGS Earl Grey appear to be on their way.

There is a Good argument for the CCGS to be equipped for emergency towage. As the Current multipurpose buoy tenders and light icebreakers reach the end of their useful lives, they should be replaced with a Off the Shelf ice classed Anchor handling Supply tug design. Such vessels are equipped for towing operations and feature large working decks for cargo transport. A suitable crane could be provisioned for buoy work. this would Add to the Coast Guards capability, and preserve the existing service levels.

UPDATE:11/12/14 1200AST: Tanker is under tow, and expected in Halifax for repairs later tonight. They currently apper to be making about 4 knots, and are 31 nautical miles off Chubecto head, suggesting a 2000ADT eta.

UPDATE 1430AST: Halifax Port Authority says the Australian Spirit will go straight through to the Bedford Basin, where she will anchor.

UPDATE 12/12/14 0935AST: Australian Spirit was due to take her pilot at 9am. She currently appears to be off chubecto head, likely waiting for the Outbound Heather Knutsen  to clear the channels allowing more room to maneuver. I suspect She will also take on Tugs Atlantic Fir and Willow, currently escorting the outbound Heather Knutsen.

Photos from DFO via Twitter.

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Serifos for Tufts Cove

The tanker Serifos arrived from Wilmington this morning and tied up at The power plant at tufts cove. Though it burns Natural gas, It originally burned oil and still can.

Typically a tanker tops up their oil tank once a year.

Photos to follow. Sorry for the quality – shot into the sun.

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Another Basin Transfer

The tanker Atlantic Muse tied up along side the Travelstern and began what appears to be a transfer operation. We have seen 2 similar transfers occur with asphalt tanker arriving, and transferring a portion of its cargo to a smaller vessel.

Atlantic Muse appears to have arrived from the UAE via the Panama Canal. Travelstern is owned by the Woodward group of Newfoundland, and is used to re-supply northern communities. She is also under contract to Valero, and is a frequent visitor to the Ultramar docks.
Photo to follow
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Kometik for Bunkers

Once a regular sight in Halifax, the Shuttle tanker Kometik Anchored in anchorage 1 for bunkers. Shuttle tankers run oil from the Hibernia platform to refineries, and with Halifax no longer refining, the shuttle tankers had little reason to stop here.

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Saturday traffic

Tankers Energy Pride and Arionas Anchored in the basin. both products tankers are waiting their turn at Imperial Oil.

Arionas (Above) was built in 2006 in Ulsan South Korea, and owned by Capital Ship Management of Athens Greece. Energy Pride (Below) was built in 2004 in Pusan South Korea

(Bottom) Em Ithaki fills in on ACL Route. As a container only Vessel, she may be shuffling empty Containers, or filling in for Atlantic Cartier’s Maintenance Period, though this weekend also brought a east and west bound ACL Arrival.

 

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Neveska Lady to anchor

This morning brought the arrival of the products Tanker Neveska Lady. She first anchored for CFIA Inspection, and then moved to Imperial Oil. Owned and operated by Western Shipping of Singapore, She was built in 2005 and trades on the spot market.
She sailed from the Estonian port of Paldiski.