Marshal Islands Flagged Tanker Cape Bacton at Imperial Oil. She Arrived from New York.
A Handy Size Product tanker, She was built in 2004 by Hyundai Mipo in South Korea, and is Owned and operated by United Product Tankers.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.