USCGC KATMAI BAY Arrived Over Night

The Bay class icebreaking tug USCGC KATMAI BAY arrived at Tall ships Quay overnight.

the Bay class usually works in the great lakes, breaking ice, the ship is likely headed back to her home port of at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Katmai Bay, is named after an area of saltwater shoreline in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, is the lead ship of a class.

USS Hue City for a port visit.

The Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser USS hue City arrived for a port visit this morning. the ship is assigned to Carrier Strike Group 2, with the Carrier USS George HW Bush, however word is she is on a solo deployment, and sailed from Mayport Fl. on Sept 23rd.

She is named for the Battle of Huế, fought in the city during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Hué City is the only U.S. Navy ship named after a battle in the Vietnam War. She was Commissioned in September of 1991.

USS Hue City is Tied up next to the Casino.

Its Nautical outside – Weekly News #19

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1.Naming Ceremony
the future HMCS Harry Dewolf will actually become HMCS Harry Dewolf in a ceremony at Halifax Shipyards on October 5th. A bottle of NS Sparkling Wine will be broken on her bow.

2. This week in the Herald

I talk about container line service changes, and port state control.

3. Ferries
the Rita Joe arrived in halifax over the weekend. Compare the Old and New ferries Wheelhouses. the Woodside 1 (From 1987) and the Christopher Stannix from 2014

Notable Moves

HMCS Moncton sailed on the 28th for Baltimore for fleet week, which runs Oct 3-9. HMS Monmouth, which is working with the new RN Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth II off Norfolk, will also be in attendance.


1.Mega block
We caught the Rollout out of the Center megablock of AOPS #2. there is a time lapse Video.

2.Compass House

The flower class corvette, like HMCS Sackville, originally had a short Foc’sal and an enclosed compass house on the bridge. when the foc’sal was lengthened, the compass houses were removed. One still survives today in liverpool.


October 3 1914 –  The first members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force sailed from Halifax.

Oct 2 1758 – The Legislature of NS passes an Act to Build the Sambro Island Light.

October 1marked the 77th birthday of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Sept 28 2003 – Just before midnight, Hurricane Juan hits halifax.

Sept 27 1938- The great passenger liner Queen Elizabeth was launched at Clydebank, Scotland.

This Weeks Herald Column

You can read this weeks Chronicle Herald Column Here.

This week I talk about changes to The Alliance’s AL6 service, and  ZIM’s ZCA Service. I also offer a bit of a followup on Last weeks Column where i talk about labour issues aboard a vessel currently operating on a Coasting trade waiver, and discuss the importance of Port state control.

Also in Wednesdays paper – Chester based Hawboldt has a contract to provide deck and anchor winches for the new Supply ships built by SeaSpan in Vancouver.  Horizon Maritime is in Merger talks with Nordic American Offshore.


The Alliance Drops Halifax from AL6

The Alliance has  dropped Halifax from its AL6 service effective December.

Changes announced on the 26th, have a new routing of La Spezia –Genoa –Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Miami – Algeciras –La Spezia.The New service will be combined with the Oceans Alliance Amerigo Service, and each alliance will provide 3 8000TEU vessels for a total of 6 in rotation.

Since the Service began in summer of 2017, the routing has been Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno and is served by 5 smaller K-Line vessels (Brevick Bridge, Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge) at Fairvew Cove.

ZIM markets the AL6 service as ZCI, and in a strengthening of the alliance, will be adding the Livorno stop to its ZCA Service which already calls in Halifax, and is now being Marketed by the Alliance as AL7. In the end, while this represents a loss of a weekly call to Halifax, the total TEU’s will likely remain the same.

CS Dependable.

The cable ship Dependable put into port earlier this week and was due to sail this morning, but that seems to be delayed.

based in Baltimore, she is on standby to service undersea cables in the North Atlantic.

UPDATE. She loaded 120km of cable, and is bound for Bermuda to complete a repair. I was told after that, shes going to lay a 7400km cable – the cable itself will take almost a month to load at the port of Baltimore.

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