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2009 Cruising Season

It Seems the Port Authority has launched a new website www.cruisehalifax.ca to encourage Halifax as a cruising destination.

from The Chronicle Herald:
“The 2009 season in Halifax will be marked by highlights such as the inaugural call of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria and a visit from Carnival’s Triumph, which has a capacity of 3,800 passengers and crew. On Oct. 8, Halifax will welcome five ships in one day, which could set a single-day passenger record of more than 10,000.”

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The heavy lift ship Fairlayer made its first call in Halifax March 5 to 10, 2009 to load a consignment of twenty-two railway locomotives. Seven of the units are bound for Rotterdam and the remaining fifteen will go to Egypt.

The ship is fitted with a pair of 900 tonne capacity derricks which can be combined to lift 1800 tonnes. Her hull is specially adapted to carrry heavy and bulky objects. The ship’s owners, Jumbo Shipping, a Dutch company are specialists in heavy lifts and awkward loads that do not fit on conventional ships.

She is seen here leaving Halifax March 10 bound for Rotterdam. If you look carefully you can see a crew man in an orange suit at the top of the mast securing one of the derrick booms. These had to be lowered to clear the Angus L. Macdonald bridge.
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Hebron Sea Correction

Hebron Sea was not a Russian vessel before conversion – it was Dutch. She was stretched at Pictou, NS a good many years ago now. McDermott (Secunda) has three ex Russisnas in service – Panuke Sea (Neftegaz 14), Burin Sea (Neftegaz 1) and Trinity Sea (Neftegaz 2). The old hulk in Bedford Basin is named Intrepid Sea . She was built as Neftegaz 29.
Before:

During:

After:

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What Does it Cost To Port in Halifax?

Ever wonder how much it costs to anchor in the Harbour, Or order a Pilot, or Tugs?
The Halifax Port Authority has all this information in the Tarrifs List.

from the Summary:
Harbour Dues $0.0531 per gross registered tonnage (grt) per vessel entry;
$0.0265 per grt for Canadian flagged.
Berthage Assessed at $0.0457 per grt per 12 hour period or part thereof up to 24 hours;
each succeeding 12 hour period or part thereof assessed at $0.0276.
Berthage is capped at 40,000 grt.
Anchorage After the seven days, assessed at $0.0115 per grt per 12 hour period or part thereof up to 24 hours;
each succeeding 12 hour period or part thereof assessed at $0.0068.
Passenger Charges In respect of continuous voyages or for voyages originating or terminating at the Port, charges are
as follows:

  • For each passenger $7.850
  • For each vehicle $9.332

Pilotage
administered by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority.
One way trip: $482 basic charge, plus $2.05 per unit. Minimum charge is $725.
Moveage (shifting): No pilot boat used: $386 basic charge, plus $1.64 per unit;
Pilot boat used: $433 basic charge, plus $1.85 per unit; Min. charge is $652.
Units are calculated as follows: [vessel length(m) x vessel breadth(m) x vessel depth(m)] / 283.17

Towing rates
Eastern Canada Towing.
charge per tug docking/undocking (excluding tankers):

Gross Registered Tonnes Area 1 Area 2
0 to 10,000 grt $1,215 $1,600
10,000 to 20,000 grt $1,715 $2,235
20,001 to 30,000 grt $1,810 $2,290
30,001 to 50,000 grt $1,935 $2,470
50,001 grt and over $1,985 $2,515

Area 1: Halifax waterfront from Pier 9 to Pier 42, Dartmouth from Tuft’s Cove to IEL Dock
Area 2: Bedford Basin

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Locals Feel shut out of Deep Panuke Work

There are 2 competing Bids to build the Supply vessel for the Deep Panuke Project – Secunda is planing on converting a Russian hull currently in the bedford basin (the have done this in the past) Halifax Shipyards is bidding to build new.
See this Article


Before – Neftegaz-29, Now known as Intrepid Sea (from Shipspotting.com)

Hebron Sea – A converted Russian Hull

Also related, Dominion Diving Feels shut out of offshore work. From the Chronicle Herald

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HMCS Fraser


A few years ago i took a trip to See HMCS Fraser in Bridgewater NS. (Photos from the trip) The ship was intended to be turned into a museaum, but is instead rusting. DND has recently agreed to purchase the Ship Back.
See the latest News:
DND takes back rusting warship HMCS Fraser

and This Editorial

Also some internal shots not by me

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