Federal Pioneer making a short stop to bunker. She is Scheduled to sail at 1700.
Bunkering is the process of refueling a ship, whereby a taker (in Halifax, The Algoma Dartmouth) or a barge comes along side and transfers Fuel.

For more insight on the life of a bunkerer, read HAWSEPIPER: The Longest Climb written by Paul, who is a Mate on a Buker Barge.


PCTC at Fairview?!?

The PCTC (Pure Car Truck Carrier) Osaka Car tied up at Fairview Cove this morning. Typically these vessels carry cars and trucks and tie up at Autoport in Eastern Passage. It is likely she is Delivering some sort of other large cargo, that is unsuitable for the facilities at Autoport. (Which is also occupied by Faust this morning)

ACL offers regular RORO (roll on roll off) service from Fairview cove. You can often see the Large cargoes sitting on the pier, and recently have included everything from industrial machinery to Helicopters.

UPDATE: She sailed just after Noon, As scheduled.


Todays Activities

SCOTT TURECAMO WITH BARGE NEW HAMPSHIRE moved from Imperial Oil to the Anchorage, Presumably to wait out the weather.
Scott Turecamo is a semi regular visitor to Halifax, with various oil barges. Known as an ATB for Articulated tug and barge, the tug mates to the barge with a special pin so it is ridgidly connected. The advantage is that a tug and Tank barge requires fewer crew then a tanker, so ATB’s bend the rules and save their owners some crewing costs.

Georgia S sailed today with a load of Gypsum. The gypsum business is still struggling, with more layoffs announced today. Georgia S will likely be back to her anchorage in the Bedford Basin within the week. Atlantic Condor, Atlantic towing’s new supply ship also sailed early this morning, presumably for more trials.

Finally, HMCS St John sailed today, with HMCS Montreal Continuing Cyclone testing in the Harbour.


Get Out of my way!

The bulker Alice Oldendorf, Waits at anchorage 7 for the Outbound OOCL Hong Kong to clear the narrows. Large ships must take turns traversing the Narrows, to prevent collisions. Ships are required to contact Vessel traffic Services as they Cross the ferry track and Bedford Instute of Oceanography. VTS functions like air traffic control for ships in the harbour.

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