USS Witchita,LCS-13, the newest Freedom Class Littoral combat ship arrived this morning. The ship is headed to her home port after completing construction in Wisconsin, and being accepted by the US Navy August 22. USS Sioux City Arrived on the 6th, having also been delivered on the 22nd of August. She was the first LCS I missed photographing due to work and weather.
Tuesday features tow visits by foreign naval vessels.
the First – USS Witchita, the newest Freedom Class Littoral combat ship is due in the morning, likely tieing up at the dockyard around 7:30 am. the ship is headed to her home port after completing construction in Wisconsin, and being accepted by the US Navy.
the second ship – BSAH Rhone is a support ship belonging to the French Navy. Bâtiment de soutien et d’assistance hauturiers (BSAH) vessles will be used by the French Navy for rescue missions, environmental protection, work in military ports and general support for other navy units.Commissioned in June of this year, the ship is the second of four vessels in her class.
Algoma recently purchased the Swedish registered tanker Ramira, and registered it in Canada as AlgoNorth. The 2008 Turkish built tanker is scheduled to sail on the 12th from Goteborg Sweden for Canada. as the ship is registered in Halifax, its likely this will be the first stop.
A Products tanker, she is 135 meters long =, and similar in size to the other products tankers Algoma operates.
Wednesday Morning a Sky Lease Cargo plane, operating as flight KKE 4854 arrived from Chicago and slid off the end of runway 14 while landing at YHZ. the crew of 4 suffered minor injuries. the The plane took out the localizer antenna at the end of the runway, had the landing gear collapse, and lost both inboard engines. A large crease (below) suggests this is a Hull loss incident.
the 747-400 was arriving empty to load seafood for china. Im told the Chinese characters on the other side read “Have fish every year”
A TSB conference yesterday suggested weather may have been a factor, with strong Tail and cross winds, and Rain at the time, the Incident occurred at the end of the shorter of the 2 runways – with strong winds and rains the pilots decision to use that runway will also be a source of inquiry. the TSB reports the winds were 250degress magnetic, which is almost a perfect cross wind fro landing on runway 14.
in 2004, another cargo plane, also a 747 crashed on takeoff. MK airlines flight 1602 was not configured properly for flight, and crashed at the end of runway 23. AC 624 landed short of runway 05 in March 2015. Improvements made after the crash of MK1602 likely significantly reduced the severity of that crash.
Operations were more or less normal, with the main 05/23 runway in operation, while the investigation continues.
ATC Audio is available. the video also lists some limits for landing.
KNM Helge is a Nansen Class Frigate. Pictured is KNM Thor Heyerdahl on a2012 port visit to Halifax
The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was stuck early this morning by the tanker SOLA TS while anchored west of Bergen. The tanker had just loaded North Sea Crude oil, and was departing the fjord when the incident happened.
the frigate appears to have been stuck in the stern area, and flooding continues, with the latest images showing the frigate nearly on its side, a significantly worse state then shortly after the collision, when the frigate was simply low in the stern. the ship also appears to have deliberately run aground at the bow, in an attempt to keep the ship from sinking,
the Frigate was participating in the Nato Exercise Trident Juncture, which also featured Canadian frigates HMCS Halifax and HMCS Toronto. the 137 crew members were able to evacuate the ship, with 7 minor injuries reported. Marine traffic reports the frigate was not broadcasting AIS at the time.
New imagery from the Norwegians this morning. looks like the ship has settled on her side. She was not broadcasting AIS at the time of the collision, and appears to have been holed by the tankers protruding anchor hawsepipe, which looks to have left a large gash from the hanger aft.
Still taken from this video
Just speculation; looks like these might be collision points on 🇳🇴frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and 🇲🇹tanker Sola TS. No other part of tanker hull that sharp, and strong too to take anchor strain. Damage below waterline prob. from bulbous bow. #shipspotting#HelgeIngstadpic.twitter.com/csFlKMmxHm
Shes Sunk. Overnight the 7 lines holding the ship to shore broke, and she slipped beneath the waves. The Norwegian government announced on the 12th that the ship was secure.
Word is she was actually sailing when the incident occured, and not anchored, and was aware of the presence of the outgoing tanker. An audio log obtained by Norwegian media has revealed that the frigate failed to change course despite repeated warnings that she was on collision course with the tanker. Significant questions about Seamanship and damage control need to be asked after this incident.
the Algoma Dartmouth, which has been providing bunkering service in Halifax since 2009, has been chartered by irving, and will be headed to Saint John to take up bunkering duties there.Currently Halifax is the only Eastern Canadian Port other then Montreal offering bunkering service, leading to many vessel calls simply for fuel.
the ship was first operated by Algoma for imperial oil, as a replacement for the single hulled tanker NT Dartmouth. Algoma then operated the tanker for Stirling fuels who took over the bunkering contract in Halifax when Imperial got out of the business when they shut down the refinery in 2014. Sterling fuels picked up the charter of the Algoma Dartmouth in 2014. that charter has now ended as of a week ago.
Sterling Fuels is presumably still providing fuel Service in Halifax, as the Algoma Value was seen today at Pier 31 with tank trucks along side. This may also explain why Horizon Star was reported to be fueling from Wilson’s fuels at pier 9. no word has been heard on a replacement Bunkering tanker for Halifax, if there will even be one.
Algoma Dartmouth has spent the last week or so at pier 9, I had assumed due to strong winds, but its actually preparing for the next charter. I’m not aware of Sterling Fuel’s plans going forward, nor do i see another appropriate tanker due in Halifax in the next few weeks.