The Woodside Area is home to several wharfs
Google Map of Woodside
A Division of Irving Shipbuilding, They are currently working on the PSS Chemul Accommodation Platform. Their facilities are outlined bellow, from the Irving shipbuilding website.
- Main Assembly Shop – 114.5m x 29.9m x 23.7/12.2m. Complete with 2 x 40 tonne, 2 x 20 tonne, 2 x 15 tonne overhead cranes and 2 x 1 tonne crane
- Pipe Shop – 46.1m x 18.5m
- Warehouse – 40m x 24.6m, complete with heating & sprinkler systems
- Additional stores – 15m x 15m
- Laydown Area – 2,200m2
- Offices – 600m2
- Load-Out wharf – total length 229m
- Module Assembly Pad – 13,600m2
- Module Shop – 2500m2
Ferry Terminal and IEL Wharf
Metro Transit has the Woodside Ferry dock on the left, And to the right is the IEL Warf, Home to Atlantic Towing tugs Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Oak. Also in the picture are Atlantic Elm, And the brand new Atlantic Beaver.
Under repair at Woodside Industries, the Accommodation platform was previously under repair in the Mobile river when it slipped off a barge during hurricane katrina, and floated downstream until it got stuck under a bridge.
Arrived on April 12, expected to stay a year.
Damaged by an engine room fire, on July 3, sailing from Bilbao, Spain to the US. Was towed to Halifax Shipyard By the Tug Atlantic Elm
Now under repair at the machine shop wharf.
The CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier will begin a 6 week search on Aug 18th for the remains of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror which are believed to have become stranded in ice in 1848, causing Franklins crew to set off over land to seek help. Over the last 150 years, numerous attempts have located some bodies, and other artifacts, but never the actual ships themselves.
Painting above is the HMS Terror in the Arctic during the winter of 1836/1837 and from the National Maritime Museum
So .. I pondered setting up a blog on the comings and goings in Halifax Harbour, I’ve set it up, lets see if it takes off. If your a haligonian, and want to write for it, Please drop me a line, or also send me a note if you have a hot tip about what’s going on.