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Ocean Arctique with barges for the big lift

Due tonight is the tug Ocean Arctique. The tug is tandem towing two barges, abys and timberland to be used by American Bridge co. For the big lift.

The tug was finished at the Halifax shipyard, and the barge timberland was owned by the yard until it was sold in 2008. 
The tow has been slow, not making more then 6 knots, and only 2 for most of the day. The tug and tow are due to tie up at pier 9. As of midnight they had reached the pilot station

UPDATE: they did not come in last night. Now due to try again Noonish.

UPDATE: They picked up the pilot at noon, and  finally made Anchorage 1 by 2:30. here the tow was separated, and the barges moved to the Cherubini wharf. Above, Lady Shirleen and Belle D from RMI Marine are moving the Ocean Abys, Timberland is still in tow of Ocean Arctique

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CCGS Edward Cornwallis refit this August.

 The Feds announced on Friday that NEWDOCK St. John’s Dockyard Limited for important refit and maintenance work for the CCGS Edward Cornwallis.

The CCGS Edward Cornwallis is a high-endurance multi-tasked vessel, light icebreaker and buoy tending vessel based at BIO. Maintenance work includes refurbishment of the hull, galley deck, tanks, propeller tail shaft, and auxiliary and domestic systems.

The Work is scheduled to begin in August, and be completed by October 2015.

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Full Pier on Sunday

Fairview Cove saw 2 vessels on Sunday. The West birth was taken by  NYK Rumina, Covering the West bound Pacific Atlantic Service. She arrived from Rotterdam, and was bound for New York.
Seoul express is Covering the East bound route of the Pacific Atlantic Service. She Arrived from New York, and tied up at the East Birth. On Departure, she was bound for Southampton.

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CCGS Samuel Risley Filling In.

With the CCGS Earl Gray undergoing a Mid-life refit, Sister vessel CCGS Samuel Risley is in town filling in. the Risley is the same class of vessel and design as the Earl Grey, and was built by Vito Steel Boat and Barge of Delta, British Columbia in 1984. (Earl Grey was built in Pictou in 1985)

She is normally based in Parry Sound Ontario and operates in the great lakes.

the ship is named after Samuel Risley, the first Chairman of the Board of Steamship Inspection in 1858.

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Visit to the St Roch

Captained by Henry Larsen, the RCMP schooner St. Roch was the first ship to completely circumnavigate North America and the second sailing vessel to complete a voyage through the Northwest Passage. She was the first ship to complete the Northwest Passage in the direction west to east, and returned east to west.

She is now part of the Maritime Museum in Vancouver. We have posted a tour on our Flickr page:
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Harbour Taxi

the Kings wharf harbour taxi is now in service running between Kings Wharf in Dartmouth, and Sackville landing in Halifax. They also offer trips to the Arm, Mcnabs, and along the waterfront.

The vessel interior looks to be quite spacious. Expect an update after I have gone for a ride.

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Phase 2 Arctic Survey set to begin.

From August 7 to September 17, 2015, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent and the CCGS Terry Fox will be  on a six week scientific survey to collect data needed for Canada‚Äôs Arctic continental shelf submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Geological Survey of Canada, part of Natural Resources Canada, and the Canadian Hydrographic Service, part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, are responsible for this scientific work.  The vessels will survey an area in the Eurasian Basin on the Lomonosov Ridge and areas in the vicinity of the North Pole.

This is the second phase of work that was started by these 2 ships last summer.

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