USS Wichita Arrives




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.

The others to Call So far include:

USS Freedom – Nov 2008
USS Fort Worth – Aug 2012
USS Milwaukee – Dec 2015
USS Detroit – Nov 2016
USS Little Rock – April 2018

Visiting Tuesday – US and French Warships

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.

ths ship is on quite a tour – She tied up in Esquimalt at the end of September.

BSAH Rhone will be a dockyard 3:45-4pm ish.

Algoma Adds A Tanker

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.

747 Crashes at End of Runway 14 YHZ

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.


UPDATE 11/14:

ATC Audio is available. the video also lists some limits for landing.

Baltic Leopard – Hold Cleaning and Load.


the Bulker Baltic Leopard arrived yesterday and took to the inner anchorage. the ship was seen with hatch covers open, suggesting the holds were being cleaned in preparation to load cargo

this morning the ship moved to Pier 27 to load product from the grain elevator.  Given the hold cleaning, its possible that product is actually grain.

Norweigan frigate KNM Helge Ingstad Struck by Tanker, In danger of sinking

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.


UPDATE 11/09:

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


from yesterday:

Update 11/10:

she looks to be down more on her side.

Update 11/13:
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.


Update 11/14

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0. Plane Crash

1.Hudson is old

CBC is reporting that the 55year old Hudson may qualify for OAS.

2. Cleanup Isle 3.
the CCGS removed oil form the Manois L. this is how they did it.

3.This week in the Herald
I talk about Atlantic Towing picking up west coast work with the coast guard, after they won a contract to provide 2 emergency towing vessels in BC. I also mention the shifting of bunkering to Saint John.

4.6th AOPS
On Friday the feds announced a 6th AOPS. Some say its politics, some say the navy needed the 6th boat to ensure readiness.

5. NS Sailing Conference
NS Sailing is holding its 4th annual conference Nov 17th, at Citadel Highschool.

6. Marblehead.
the Notice of Race for the 2019 Marblehead has been posted.


1.Walls of Olde.

2. Yarmouth Ferry.


Nov 7, 1910 – HMCS RAINBOW arrives Esquimalt for 1st time, the first RCN ship on the west coast.

Nov 7, 1872 –  The brigantine Mary Celeste, built in Spencer’s Island, NS, sailed from New York, bound for Genoa, Italy.

Nov 6, 1940 – HMCS Ottawa and HMS Harvester sink the Italian submarine Faa di Bruno. It was the RCN’s first submarine kill of the war.

Nov 4, 1940 -The Armed Merchant Cruisers Laurentic and Patrolus were sunk off Iceland by U-99

Nov 3, 1942 – Canadian merchant ship Chr. J. Kampmann was sunk by u-boat attack while carrying a cargo of sugar and rum.


This Week in the Herald

This week in the Herald, I talk about Atlantic Towing picking up west coast work with the coast guard, after they won a contract to provide 2 emergency towing vessels in BC.

I also mention the shifting of bunkering to Saint John. The port Authority confirmed that Sterling will still be offering bunker product by truck in Halifax.

I have also gone premium, so you need to subscribe to the Herald to read me every week on time.

USS Sioux City Due this afternoon

The USS Sioux City is due for a Port visit today, arriving at the dockyard around 1:15.

A Freedom Class Littoral Combat ship, she is on her delivery trip from the builders in Marinette Wisconsin. USS Wichita is also on a delivery trip, and currently tied up in Montreal

USS Freedom – Nov 2008
USS Fort Worth – Aug 2012
USS Milwaukee – Dec 2015
USS Detroit – Nov 2016
USS Little Rock – April 2018

the class will feature 8 more ships.

Breaking: Algoma Dartmouth bound for Saint John on bunkering charter to Irving

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.

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