The Nova Scotia Government today announced that RJ MacIsaac Construction, an Antigonish-based company, was awarded the contract to remove the ship by November. The work is estimated to cost $11.9 million.
RJ MacIsaac Construction was one of seven companies that responded to the Request for Proposals (RFP) in March. The bidding process closed April 29.
The proposals were reviewed by a panel of experts to help ensure a fair and transparent process. The panel included representation from the provincial and federal governments, including health and safety officers, officials from the Department of Environment, the provincial procurement office, and Transport Canada.
A point system was used to evaluate the bids considering many factors, including price, method of removal, occupational health and safety considerations, environmental consideration, and worker accommodation. Prospective bidders were made aware of the process, the criteria, and the point system during a mandatory meeting held in advance of the RFP launch.
RJ MacIsaac has until November to remove the wreck. They will work with the province to develop a project schedule. The community will be kept up to date on the project’s timeline.
After last years Seismic work for shell (This years fleet is under contract to BP) Shell has announced they have chartered the Stena Icemax to drill 7 test wells in the 2015 season. The vessel is Currently working in the Gulf of Mexico.
Shell has also contracted Furgo GeoSurveys to perform a seabed survey, to identify drilling sites and hazards on the sea floor. this is approximately 45days of work, and Furgo will use the Coriolis II (Currently tied up at Pier 9) to do the work this summer.
Designed by Joubert/Nivelt and built in aluminium by the OCEA Shipyard, Sables-d’Olonne, this 32m Super Yacht is custom-built. With its retro lines and Art Deco-style interior, it combines private and charter use. (Presumably you can charter it when the owner is not using it.)
PAOLYRE has a maximum speed of 18.0 knots and a range of 4 000 nautical miles at 10 knots. Accommodation for 10 guests in 4 staterooms
Find out more at her website http://www.paolyre.com/en/index.php
the Yacht To-Kalon arrived today and tied up infront of the Maritime Museum. Built by the Burger Boat Co. in 2008, she is 30m long, carries 4800HP (About the same as Atlantic Oak), has a max speed of 27knots, and can carry 23,000l of fuel, which is good for a range of 625nm.
You can see some interior shots of the vessel at Superyacht times. To Kalon is Greek for “most beautiful”. Robert Mondavi has a Napa valley Vineyard with the To Kalon name.
As Mega yachts go, Bread is pretty impressive. Reportedly owned by a major North American bakery Owner, Bread was built in Ontario, Reworked in Florida, and is now back on her way to the lakes.
Very modern, She seams to suffer from an identity crisis of wanting to be both a sailing yacht, or a Steam yacht. (See Amazon (Number 10) for an example of an actual period Yacht of this type)
Bread is Tied up next to EcTug, if you want to go have a look. Shipfax has more history on her.
A reader was kind enough to send me some photos of the Blue Putties in the graving dock in Boston.
This is also the dock that did the first repair work on the Oceanex Connaigra
Having completed her FELEX refit, HMCS Montreal has spent the last few days on Workups. Montreal is the third Ship to go through the FELEX process, and was returned to the Dockyard back in September. She now Joins Halifax And Fredericton as being complete, and on to workups.
Montreal was used as the test vessel for the cyclone, so she likely carries the modifications for this Helo, as does Halifax. Fredericton retained the Seaking layout, though likely had the deck strengthened.
Today brought the return of the herring fleet. The end of may marks the return of the Seiners to the Halifax Waterfront every year. Today 5 vessels arrived, and all are regular members of the fleet.
Siesmic Support vessel Mainport Pine Returned to Halifax just after noon. She will likely take on supplies, and head back out to join the fleet.
I Recived an email this morning form a reader who noticed the BluePutties in Drydock in Boston.
In the past, Marine Atlantic work has been done in the NovaDock at Halifax shipyards, however I have heard that the Nova Dock is having some sort of issue and is not serviceable. It may also be that the shipyard does not have capacity given its renovations, Final work on the Hero Class, and Ongoing FELEX Work.
Davie in Quebec Has a Drydock large enough, however I belive it is occupied by newbuilds/and or the Louis St Laurent.