2012 was an interesting year. 180000 people read halifaxshippingnews.ca in 2012 – more then ever before, and growth was steadly climbing from month to month. We also had the 320 posts this year – almost one a day, and picked up Telonix as our first sponsor.
In Ship Building news, The APA recived its new Pilot Boat. The First 3 Hero Class midshore patrol vessels were launched for the Coast Guard. HRM Decided to build a 4th Ferry, and the 3 existing ones got AIS. The Bluenose was launched, and Oceanex, Fedanav, and ACL all ordered new ships.
Halifax saw a variety of interesting Visiting naval Ships, including USCG Dependable, Tahoma, Juniper, Reliance and Spencer; Royal Navy HMS Scott, HMS Protector, US Navy ships USS Laboon, USS Fort Worth, USS De Wert and USS Hurricane; Plan Zenghe, HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl, The German vessels FGS Emden, FGS Hessen, FGS Frankfurt am Main; HDMS Esbern Snare; USNS Grapple; French Naval Tug Malabar
Breakdowns – Atlantic Cartier with engine troubles, Renate Shulte with a hole in her bow from a loose anchor, Stuttgart Express with a bunker leak.
We commemorated the Titanic 100th anniversary, tall ships, afl went bankrupt and the ship was sold by the court. Pier 9 expansion was well under way and the Pier 42 Expansion was completed; first disney cruise; and the Scotia Dock II sold for scrap.
there are many more notable events that I missed.
Lets bring on 2013, it should be interesting.
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