Yearly Archives: 2009

Ferry Surfing and other Weekly News Bits

Surfing videos from Halifax Harbour have city hall a bit worried

McNabs will be easier to explore
A work crew has just started to restore Garrison Road, the main walking trail that runs from one end of the Halifax Harbour island to the other.

Ottawa not ruling out financial aid for Yarmouth-Maine sea link
federal government won’t rule out investing in a ferry connection between Yarmouth, N.S., and Maine until a study is completed in February

Shipyard completing $36-million contract
A METEGHAN RIVER shipyard is finishing up a lucrative contract to deliver 18 aluminum catamarans to England, where they will service wind fields in the stormy North and Irish seas.

Svitzer Bedford Returns

the Svitzer Bedford arrived back in Halifax on Dec 26, She suffered an engine room fire and was abandoned on Oct 28 while on route from Quebec City for Becancour Quebec.


Re-Attaching the Tire Bumpers today. She assisted Atlantic Concert away from Fairview Cove that evening.

Weekly News Bits

New Vietnam Service, with A New Vessel:
The first Eastbound (inbound) vessel to call Cai Mep will be the OOCL America voyage 28E01 on January 9, 2010. The first Westbound (export) vessel to call Cai Mep was the OOCL Oakland voyage 16W50 sailing from the Port of Halifax on December 16, 2009.

Shipping line adds 10th vessel and Port of Halifax gets new connection with Vietnam

Sewage Issues:
Halifax sewage plant shows signs of life and Halifax mayor to brave harbour again

Ferry Issues:
Atlantic Vision ferry back in the waterafter the completion of repairs to a hole in the stern.

Tourism operators fret as ferry service between N.S. and Maine scuttled

N.S. awards first contracts for restoration of famed schooner Bluenose

Shipyard could get busy building large training ships in Meteghan River that could deploy the remote controled fast-attack simulators like a swarm of bees

Naval Refit Contracts to Create 335 Shipbuilding Jobs

Weekly News Bits

The 92nd Aniversary of the Halifax Explosion.
The Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture announced Friday that all photographs, films and archival records on the 1917 disaster have been re-digitized for their website

News coverage of commemorations:
Survivors, residents mark anniversary of Halifax Explosion

Ottawa issues tender call for soil cleanup on McNabs
The soil remediation project was prompted by an old oil pipeline exposed when hurricane Juan tore through. The 240-metre pipeline has been oozing bunker C oil since the storm hit metro. The pipeline was part of a navy fuelling depot that supplied vessels and forts in use on the island during the Second World War

Port of Halifax signs MOU with Vietnamese port The MOU recognizes that the Port of Haiphong is a gateway or “border port” for trade between Northern Vietnam and South East Asia, and the Port of Halifax is a gateway port for Canada and North America

Weekly News Bits

CN Rail Strike News
Its now over, however Halifax was affected.

Canadian Ports Weathering CN Strike
Strike Hits Halifax Railcar Supply – Ship schedules not disrupted, but train delays hamper some port operations
Strike Delaying Trains at Halifax – daily train service was delayed by 16 hours on Nov. 29, the second day of the strike. In turn, that delayed some shipments until the evening of Nov. 30

Tracking boosts port business Software keeps containers from dwelling around. (and you can look them up online Here )

Weekly News Bits

Move over, Thomas: Theodore the tugboat makes stop in Ports.“Theodore Too” made a quick stop in the Port City on Thursday while on its way to Boston for a goodwill tour that seeks to thank Bostonians for their help in providing relief during a maritime disaster that leveled Halifax in 1917.

Coast Guard drops search for missing Halifax sailorHubert Marcoux, 67, had hit high seas, strong winds on the way to Bermuda earlier this month and failed to arrive as planned a week ago

Halifax Shipyard lands refit of HMCS IroquoisHMCS Iroquois will arrive at the yard Dec. 15 for a major refit. The vessel will be in the yard until late 2010.

In September, Halifax Shipyard was awarded a contract to build nine midshore patrol boats for the Canadian Coast Guard. The first vessel will be delivered in 2011 and the rest of the boats will be in service in 2013. Earlier this year, the yard landed a $60-million contract to build an offshore supply vessel for EnCana Corp.’s Deep Panuke natural gas project. Construction of the vessel will employ up to 200 people. And in 2008, the shipyard landed a $549-million contract to extend the life of seven of the navy’s Halifax-class frigates. That program is underway and will last until 2017.

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