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HMCS Preserver to be paid off this year

word is HMCS preserver will be paid off before the end of the year. She is currently being used as an alongside refueling depot, and thus retains her commission.

her twin,HMCS Protector recently arrived in Mersey NS to be scrapped. Algonquin also departed Esquimalt yesterday to be scrapped along side.

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Balmoral Passengers Contract Norovirus

Passengers aboard the Cruise Ship Balmoral have contracted the Norovirus. The Ship is Tied up in Saint John NB today, and is Due in Halifax Wednesday.

The ship is on a 34day transatlantic Cruise. It departed Southampton, England on April 16 and will stop in Ponta Delgada, Azores (20 Apr Early AM-Late PM); Hamilton, Bermuda (26 Apr Early AM-Late Night); St George, Bermuda (27 Apr Early AM-Early PM); Norfolk, Virginia (29 Apr Early PM-Late PM); Baltimore, Maryland (30 Apr Early AM); Baltimore, Maryland (01 May Late PM); New York City, New York (03 May Early AM); New York City, New York (04 May Late PM); Newport, Rhode Island (05 May Early AM-Late Night); Boston, Massachusetts (06 May Early PM); Boston, Massachusetts (07 May Late Night); Portland, Maine (08 May Early AM-Late PM); Saint John, New Brunswick (09 May Early AM-Late Night); Halifax, Nova Scotia (11 May Early AM-Late PM); St Johns, Newfoundland (13 May Early AM-Early PM); Cork, Ireland (18 May Early PM-Late Night); Southampton, England (20 May Early AM)

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Spiekeroog to pier 9


Last night brought the arrival of another general cargo ship to pier 9. There appear to be cable handling gear on the pier which may be loaded aboard.

Spiekeroog was built in China in 2013. She carries 2 45 ton cranes.

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Jones Tide Finished up

Jones tide sailed just after noon, having finished up her charter. The Ship has spent a few weeks tied up at the old coast guard base, an On May 3 reverted to her Vanuatu registry. The Vessel gave Port Fourchon, located outside of New Orleans, as its destination.

This may have been the scheduled ending period for the charter, however her sister Breaux Tide is still on Charter, so she may have been released early due to slow progress with drilling.

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Primus for Melfi 


Primus mad a stop for Melfi lines this morning. Launched in 1997 by Gdynia Shipyard in Poland, she is owned and managed by Hansa shipping of Germany. Built as Sea Parana, She has spent most of her life on multi year charters.

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Black out Days For the New Yarmouth Ferry

South Coast Today is reporting that the new Yarmouth ferry is subject to blackout dates. The dates Were imposed by the city of Portland Maine, due to increased cruise ship traffic those days. The days are Aug 28, Sept 12, 21, 23, 24, 25, 30. On those dates the ferry cannot tie up in Portland – removing those dates from the schedule. Based on projections, the lost trips could end up costing NS tourism operators Close to a million dollars in lost revenue.

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Veendam Kicks of Cruise Season Tomorow.

Holland America Lines Veendam kicks off the Cruise season with her arrival at 8am tomorrow.

She will be a regular this year (As in years past) Stoping in every 2 weeks or so.

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