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Pitstops for Icebreakers

The past week has seen stops by several icebreakers Assigned to Gulf of St Lawrence and Newfoundland waters, based out of St. John’s. Stops were for supplies and to take on additional Fuel.
Last year brought a Simalr parade of icebreakers in March.

First Up was the Henry Larsen, Classed as a Medium Gulf Icebreaker, she is also the newest Icebreaker in the fleet., and third largest. She tied up at BIO, then moved to imperial Oil before Sailing.

Second Was the Louis St Laurent. She Tied up at BIO, then took bunkers from the Algoma Dartmouth.

Finally the Weekend brought a stop from the Ann Harvey, who tied up at BIO.

File Photos due to weather.

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Person falls into ship Hold

Reports on twitter are that a male fell into the hold of a ship. he reportedly missed the transition between ladders, and fell from the platform approximately 1 story to the bottom of the hold.

it is unclear which vessel was affected, It was considered a confined space rescue, which suggests it is the Sara Desgagnes which is tied up at pier 25, typically an out of the way place for Maintenance work to be performed. She arrived from Saint John, and Offloaded at Imperial Oil, before moving to Pier 25.

the injured person is reported to be conscious , breathing, complaining of back pain but not in any danger.

Will be updated as more details are known.

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East Coast to Anchor

The Irving tanker East Coast anchored over the noon hour. The former Nor’easter, she was required to be renamed when moved to the Canadian Registry Late last year. Prior to that she was a frequent applicant for Coasting trade licenses.

She arrived from Saint John, and appears loaded, so will likely off load to Irving’s tank farm via Imperial Oil Dock.

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Your BMW might be awhile – Autoport Iced up

Ice has a history of affecting shipping, though this time its terrestrial based ice. The recent snow/rain/freeze weather events that have turned city streets to ice have also frozen cars into autoport. the ice cant be chipped away for fear of damaging the vehicles, so thousands of cars will remain until the ice melts.

this is causing Autoport to use temporary storage in Shearwater, and increasing the time it takes to turnaround ships, in one case, a car carrier bypassed Halifax and moved on to New York ather waiting at anchor 24hours for the previous vessel to move.

Autoport exports vehicles to Newfoundland, and is also the import location for almost all vehicles coming from Europe to Canada.

(Above File Photo)

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Maccao Straight to Anchor.

The General Cargo Ship Macco Straight, running for Melfi, arrived a day early today  from Lisbon Portugal. She is scheduled to tie up at pier 41/42 tomorrow.  Those piers are currently occupied by ZIM Constanza and Ernest Hemingway, so she will spend the day at anchor in the Inner harbour.

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Frontier Discovery

Lastweek brought a stopover of the laden capesize bulker Frontier Discovery for bunkers. As a cape size, she is too large to fit through either the Panama or Suez Canals, and is typically restricted to working one ocean, as leaving requires sailing around the southern tip of Africa or South America.

She doesn’t look that large form this angle, but the bridge wings certainly give her away.
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