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Aias for bunkers

The unladen tanker Aias stopped for bunkers on her outbound trip form the Canaport facility in Saint John NB. Despite being home to Canada’s largest refinery, the Port of Saint John does not offer bunkering services.

After topping up her tanks, She sailed out around noon bound for Whiffen Head NF.

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2015 Harbour Ferry has a Name.

The results have been tallied and, after more than 11,000 votes were cast over a two-week period in January, Craig Blake is the name residents have chosen for the newest passenger ferry in the Halifax Transit fleet.

Petty Officer Second Class Craig Blake was the first Canadian sailor to be killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. He was part of an elite navy group that specializes in neutralizing bombs – underwater and on land – based at the Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic in Halifax.

Over 500 names were submitted in the fall of 2014, during the first phase of the ferry naming contest. This was narrowed down to six finalists by a selection committee for voting consideration by residents.
Halifax Transit will submit the vessel name, Craig Blake, to Transport Canada for approval as the name of our newest harbour ferry, set to go into service this summer. The new passenger ferry will replace one of the existing ferry vessels and will bring more continuity and efficiency to the harbour ferry service. A celebration of the new ferry going into service will take place once the new boat arrives, with more details to be released at a later date.

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Throco Svendborg basin break.

The general cargo vessel Throco Svendborg spent the weekend anchored in the basin, and sailed this morning. She arrived from Baie Comeau, but gave no destination when she sailed.

Built in 2008, by Honda Heavy Industries in Japan, she is registered in Hong Kong, and was one of the first newbuilds for the Thorco Fleet, and is named after the town where Thorco Shipping was founded in 2003.

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Nunavik Due at Sheet Harbour

Fednav’s ice-breaking bulk carrier Nunavik is due at Sheet Harbour. She will pick up a pilot off Halifax, and proceed up the coast. she will load mining equipment in Sheet harbour, before sailing North.

As a newbuild, she stopped in Halifax on her delivery voyage in  in march 2014, and made the first commercial unassisted voyage through the northwest passage to china.

File Photo.

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Ocean Crescent

Another general cargo ship – Ocean Crescent has tied up at pier 9C. A great pier for visibility, you can see exactly whats going on – which in this case is not a lot.

US Flagged, and Homeported in New Orleans, She sailed from Houston, and may have additional KONE overhead cranes for the shipyard. Built in 2002, she features 2x 200ton Lattice boom cranes which give her a somewhat unique look.

She is owned by Intermarine, and managed by Crowley

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Schwalbe breaks free and runs ashore

From http://www.lighthousenow.ca/News/View/518451-Coast-Guard-officals-board-grounded-boat

After being arrested by WDC for unpaid docking fees and being moved to lunenburg, the Schwalbe broke free and drifted across the harbour in yesterday’s storm. She does not appear to be taking on water, though the Cg is considering removing pollutants.
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Hiberina Express Cable to be Installed in March/April

Having been announced, and in planning for the last 2-3 years, the Hibernia Express undersea cable is to start construction in March. the route was surveyed back in 2011

2 Coasting trade applications have been filed for Cable Vessels. the CS Deceive  will be used to perform the route clearance, pre lay grapnel run and general support related to the supply and installation of the Hibernia Express Cable System. Her work is expected to begin March 10. the CS Resolute will be used to perform plowing, cable burial and testing related to the supply and installation of the Cable System.

Hibernia Express undersea cable is a transatlantic subsea fibre optic telecommunications cable system connecting points in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cork Ireland and Brean, United Kingdom. The cable will be run from Hibernia Atlantic’s Landing Site is Herring Cove.

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