Halifax regular Nolhanava sits at anchor, awaiting a birth to free up. Note the Large yacht on deck.
Asian Sun arrived yesterday for Tropical shipping, and discharged her containers at pier 41. She moved to Pier 9 today and seems to be handling supplies. She Appears on Tropical’s schedule later this month. She has no departure date published as of yet.
Thanks to Mac over at Shipfax, We now know that the Halifax Shipyard has chartered the BoaBarge 37 for a period of 4 years. the Barge will be used to launch the AOPS vessels currently under construction. The barge departed Rotterdam yesterday under tow of the Boa Bison, and is Due April 17.
Photos from Boa.
The drill rig West Aquarius is due to depart Bay Bulls Newfoundland for the Offshore of Nova Scotia to drill wells for BP. This is part of BP’s exploration program, and its possible the rig will be contracted for further wells once on site.
Word is that she will Depart tomorrow.
the rig will likely be towed to the site directly, and not stop in Halifax. Built in 2009, she is owned by Seadrill. Drill riser has been accumulating at Pier 9 lately, and BP has an application open to drill several exploration wells.
(Left) West Aquarius, SeaDrill photo
Ironically, on the same day that USS Little Rock arrived after issues with ice, HDMS Ejnar Mikkelson a Danish Arctic Patrol Vessel also put into the dockyard.
Built in 2007, she is the second vessel of the Knud Rasmussen class, and normally works the waters around Greenland. Built to Polar Class 6, she is smaller and lighter then the Canadian AOPS, but has comparable speeds, and lacks a Hanger for helicopters.
File Photo from her attendance at the 2010 Fleet Review.
The Latest US Navy Littoral Combat ship finally arrived in Halifax this morning after wintering in Montreal. Built in the great Lakes, she was headed for open ocen in December when she had a small mechanical issue, and the ice set in.
Previous LCS’s have all stopped in Halifax, and Historically have had eventful voyages out of the Lakes.
Halifax Consists of 2 CN Subdivisions. The Bedford Sub runs from the Halifax Ocean Terminals to Truro. The Dartmouth Sub runs from Windsor Junction to Autoport in Eastern Passage.
The Dartmouth Sub is unsignaled, and relies on an occupancy control system. the dispatcher issues a set of rules governing the allowed limits of a trains movement.
The Dartmouth Sub runs several trains.
Train 503 is the Burnside Industrial Park Switch Assignment. it is unscheduled. this is also the train assignment that takes autoracks to autoport.
|Mile||Station||CN 407||CN 511||CN 408||CN511|
|16.25||End of Track
Wrights Cove Spur
|8.72||Burnside Industrial Spur “D”
1.2 Miles N
|8.52||Burnside Industrial Spur “B”
0.5 Miles N
|8.39||Burnside Industrial Spur “A”
1.5 Miles N
Connection to CN Bedford Sub
Standby CH 1 161.415mhz
RTC Call in CH 3 160.935mhz
The Bedford Sub Uses CTC – A dispatcher sets signals and remotely configure switches in preparation for the trains. Trains get their clearances from the signals.
Clear and Stop Are pretty easy to understand. The other signals, Limited, Medium, slow and restricted reffer to speed limits
- Track speed. This means whatever the pre-approved speed limit for the track.
- Limited speed. 45 mph.
- Medium speed. 30 mph.
- Slow speed. 20 mph
- Restricting speed. This means an absolute maximum of 15 mph, and the crew must be extra cautious as well as being able to stop in half the distance of vision.
There is a 4 part Video Explanation of the Canadian Signalling System Available Part 1: The basic three light system
Part 2: One and Two Light Systems
Part 3: Diverging and Limited speeds, to and at signals
Part 4: Dwarf Signals
Trains 120/121 : These are the Inbound and outbound Container Trains. 120 Arrives in the morning – typically around 9 or 10 am. 121 assembles itself around 7pm, and departs between 8-9pm. Run Between Toronto BIT and Rockingham.
Train 501: CN Local from Rockingham to Kinsac, and Back. Runs Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. This serves Bedford Quarry, and likely picks up and delivers cars for 407/408 at Kinsac.
VIA Rail – The Ocean: train 15 Departs Halifax at 1200 Wed, Friday, Sunday. Train 14 Arrives at 1735 Monday, Thursday, Saturday.
Via publishes a Schedule in PDF and allows for near realtime tracking by train number, but this third party site shows everything.
| VIA 14
|| CN 120
|| CN 408
|| CN 511
|| CN 501
|| CN 507
|| VIA 15
|| CN 121
|| CN 407
|| CN 511
|| CN 501
|| CN 507
|17:35||0.0||Halifax Ocean Terminal
VIA Rail Station
Deepwater Branch (HIT) 2.4 miles N
Fairview Maintenance Depot
|15.6||Junction with CN Dartmouth Sub|
|1300||36.6||Junction with National Gypsum||0805|
Canada Cement Spur 2.8 miles S
Connection to CN Springhill Sub
Standby CH 1, 161.415mhz
RTC Call in CH 8, 161.025mhz
CN 308/305 is a Daily Run from Toronto Macmillian to Moncton (and Return) This is the main East/West General Freight.
CN Runs Local 515 from Truro to Brookfield (Canada Cement) weekdays. Also Train 534 runs Moncton to Amherst (no schedule)
the Digby to Saint John ferry Fundy Rose has spent the winter at pier 9 undergoing a work period. She arrived in Halifax in December 2014 from Greece, and was put into service in the summer of 2015 replacing the Princess of Acadia.
Bay Ferries operates the former CN Ferry routes between Digby / Saint John NB, and Caribou/wood Islands PEI (as Northumberland Ferries) as well as the revived Yarmouth Ferry.
Fundy Rose is scheduled to return to service April 10th.
CSL Frontier is no stranger to Nova Scotia waters. She was built as the Gypsum Centennial, specifically to trade out of the gypsum dock at Hantsport on the bay of fundy. As a result, she is built to a shallower draft, and is wider then most bulk carriers of her size. Painted Black, and Flagged in Barbados, she trades for CSL’s international arm.
Todays voyage was bound for Georgia.
the British flagged research vessel Commander Iona arrived last week and tied up at pier 9. She was built in 2008, and recently refurbished in 2015. Owned by Hays Ships Ltd, of Aberdeen, she’s outfitted for survey work, and is likely here as part of BP’s upcoming exploration program.