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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