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Protecteur and Preserver are back – New Support Ships Re-named by navy!

Trident is reporting that the Queenston Class Support ships will now be the Protecteur Class, and will now be named Protecteur and Preserver. The previous Conservative government named the to be built support ships in October 2013 as HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay .

The recently scrapped supply ships HMCS Protecteur and Preserver were the original Protecteur Class, and the new class will continue the legacy of the Old ships. Given these vessels were in service in 2013, the names were unavailable for re-use.

These Vessels are scheduled to be built by Seaspan in Vancouver.

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HMCS St Johns Sails For Caribbean

HMCS St Johns sailed for the Caribbean last night. While the Canadian government has yet to receive a request for hurricane disaster assistance, the ship was sent south prepared to respond to an emergency. they will be training, until a request for assistance comes in.

Given 3 active hurricanes, and a forecast for Irma to pass right up the center of Florida as a class 4 storm, She will likely be put to work.

On a related note, the Port Report, found at http://halifaxshippingnews.ca/portreport.php will now include the hurricane map above During Hurricane Season.

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Project Resolve, Interm AOR to Station In Halifax.

Davie Shipyard announced today they would be opening a Halifax Office for Federal Fleet Services in the Fall as part of Project Resolve – the Interm  Supply ship they are building and leasing to the Navy. Federal fleet Services is the Subsidiary who holds the contract with the feds for the ship.

The Interm ship is a converted Container vessel, that was purchased and refit at Davies Yard. The Ship was re-floated for the first time in the Dry Dock Earlier this week. Also contained in the announcement, is confirmation that the ship will be stationed in Halifax.

The Ship is meant to fill the gap between the retirement of HMCS Preserver, and the Construction of the new Berlin Class Ships. Given the Cost of relatively new, Panamax container-ships – conversions like the Asterix make alot of Sense.

Below is a Before Picture of the vessel. Above photo from Davie, via twitter.

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Beyoncé and jay-z in town?


Probably not, but a yacht that was tied to them is currently tied up on the south side of Purdys Wharf.

In 2016 rumours were swirling that the Yacht Jamaica Bay was in Ireland chartered by the famous musical couple. That was never confirmed, though they are in known to have spent time a yacht Gattica Star. That vessel is owned by a Nigerian Oil Tycoon, who is currently reported to be hiding out on the boat.

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Harbour Queen 1 runs into trouble. Rescued.

The Halifax tour boat  Harbour Queen 1 appears to have run into trouble around 8:30pm tonight. the vessel was attended to by Atlantic Oak, Halifax Tugger, and the Coast guard. Passengers were evacuated to the Peggys Cove Express and the vessel was reported secure along side the cable wharf by Halifax Tugger just after 9pm.

I have no additional details – will update when i learn more.

Update. I have seen photos posted to Facebook the show the harbour queen on breakwater rocks at point pleasant park along halterm. The photos can be found at: https://m.facebook.com/groups/260587024079958?view=permalink&id=963367327135254

The story so far is that the harbour Queen Lost power and dropped anchor. She began  dragging the anchor. Peggy’s Cove Express Evacuated the 32 passengers off the harbour queen before she drifted on the rocks. Halifax Tugger and Atlantic oak then pulled her off the rocks and returned her to the cable wharf.

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Happy Birthday to Me

August 16th marks the 9th Birthday of Halifax Shipping News – Which began on this day back in 2008.

In Celebration, from now until midnight Saturday, Anyone who subscribes will get a free PDF electronic copy of out tall ships photo book. Subscription help cover the costs of running this site, and since you contributed directly, also render it Ad Free*.

You can Subscribe HERE

 

*Ad Free doesnt work if you read HalifaxShippingNews on Haligonia.

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New Feature – The Port Report

we have launched a New Feature on our site – The Port Report. you can Reach it at http://halifaxshippingnews.ca/portreport.php

This report generates on demand, and updates every 2 hours. It currently features the latest posts on HSN,  Weather, Wind & Sea Conditions, and Arrivals & Departures.

We will be looking to add new information and features to the report, and are happy to entertain requests and comments.

 

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Busy Day at the Cruise Terminal


Today brought the arrival of 3 cruise ships. Insignia tied up at pier 20, Maasdam tied up at pier 22, and Seven Seas Navigator at pier 23.

Also at pier 24 is the fishing vessel Atlantic Preserver, which belongs to Clearwater Seafoods.

Unfortunately all the cruise ships parked with their stern to public camera view..

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