Monthly Archives: September 2012

Next A4 Locomotive for the UK

The Train Geek pointed me to the Shipment of the second A4 Locmotive – The “Dominion of Canada”. It arrived in Halifax Yesterday from ExpoRail in Montreal, And will likely ship out on the  UK Bound ACL Vessel Next Monday.

As of this morning, the tender had been moved to a palet of some sort. It can be seen in the photos of The Previous A4 – the “Dwight D Eisenhower” which traveled via ACL August 27

Fairwell WEC Majorelle

The ex AFL New England  – now WEC Majorelle sailed today for Casablanca after perforoming a compass swing at anchorage 1.

She was sold at auction to cover unpaid bills of her former operator American Feeder Lines. She has a contractual deadline to be out of port by Tomorow as a condition of Sale.

Before and After

Those who frequently drive down Quinpool Rd near the Armdale rotaray probably recall seeing a sailboat moored in the arm year round. It was safe to assume that this vessel had been abandoned, untill last fall when a tarp appeared on her.

This August, She Sunk.

Its possible she filled with rain water, though its more likely that a thru hull fitting gave out, or a hose split. The owner has apparently be located, and is responsible for salvaging the vessel.

VIETNAM EXPRESS has issues..

The Container Ship VIETNAM EXPRESS has been in Halifax since 0830 on September 8th. Given that container ships typically stop for a few Hours, there is some sort of issue going on.

Its possible/probable there is a mechanical issue, though it is also posible Vietnam Express has been detained due to Port State Control (Safety Issues) or a Stowaway Issue.

Bluenose to Launch Sept 29.

The Province of NS today announced that the Bluenose will be Launched September 29th in Lunenburg. The day-long festivities will begin with the official Bluenose II relaunch from 7-9 a.m., to take advantage of high morning tides. The relaunch, which is weather dependent, will slowly winch out the ship so it can slide into the water.

“Bluenose II is in position now for relaunch,” said Peter Kinley, president of the Lunenburg Foundry, and one of the partners in the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance with Covey Island Boatworks and Snyder’s Shipyard, who are completing the restoration for the province.

“We have to start installing uprights and other relaunch equipment soon. This week is the best time to get photos at this stage,” Kinley said.

After launched, Bluenose II will be moored by the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Alas, I will be unable to attend, So please be sure to send me pictures. (Photo Above from

Welcome Home HMCS Charlottetown

HMCS Charlottetown Arrived back home sometime last night and tied up at Shearwater. today at 10am she made her return after 9 months to the dockyard.

One can imageine that a night spent at shearwater must have been like christmass eve for the crew.
Bravo Zulu, and welcome home!

 HMCS Charlottetown was Initially deployed under Operation Metric,as part of the NATO-led Operation Active Endeavour (OAE) – the Mission of Libya. At the end of April 2012, the ship transited through the Suez Canal and joined Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150).Operation Artemis is the Canadian Forces’ participation in maritime security and counter-terrorism operations in the Arabian Sea region with CTF-150. HMCS Regina, replaced HMCS Charlottetown, to continue Canada’s commitment to Operation Artemis

Above- Firebird sprays a Salute.
Below – Crowds line the dock waiting for Charlottetown’s return

From the Press Release:
“HMCS Charlottetown deployment is a demonstration of our government’s commitment to working towards a more secure and stable world. Our contribution to maritime security and counter- terrorism operations plays a key role in the prosperity of our country,” said Minister MacKay. “Our Government is incredibly proud of the officers and crew of HMCS Charlottetown and thank the families and friends of all those returning today for sacrifices alongside their loved ones.”

“It is an amazing day. I am so proud of my ship’s company,” says Commander Wade Carter, the Commanding Officer of HMCS Charlottetown. “They have worked so hard for so long. And now, finally, to see them reunite with loved ones, is beyond words. I cannot describe how overjoyed I am for them… for me, when you include last fall, it needs to be understood that this crew has effectively been deployed for 10 of the last 12 months. An amazing effort. An effort that could not have been accomplished without the support of strong Navy families. I salute them all. It has been an absolute privilege to be their Captain.”

Geo Caribbean waiting out the Storm

The Geo Caribbean Arrived this afternoon and anchored in the Harbour. She was Conducting Seismic surveys off Newfoundland, and has presumably come to Halifax to Wait out the Hurricanes. She was most recently seen late last week in St. Johns Nfld, and Presumably came to Halifax as the storm is expected to hit that part of Newfoundland Hard.

Thor Omega, Who has spent some time in Halifax This summer, Is serving a s a supply ship to the Geo Caribbean.

Photos to Follow.  UPDATE: She Later Moved to Pier 27, and will Sail around 1300 on the 12th.

Cable Ships At Pier 9

This week saw the arrival of 2 cable ships. Earlier, IT International Telecoms IT Interceptor returned home to her base at Pier 9. Today, Wave Sentinal Arrived and tied up alongside the Interceptor.

Though Based in Canada, IT International Telecom Does work all over North America, and in the Carribean

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