Monthly Archives: September 2014

Kometik for Bunkers

Once a regular sight in Halifax, the Shuttle tanker Kometik Anchored in anchorage 1 for bunkers. Shuttle tankers run oil from the Hibernia platform to refineries, and with Halifax no longer refining, the shuttle tankers had little reason to stop here.

SAR Exercises in Mahone Bay and Halifax this week

The Canadian Coast gurad is excercising this week in Mahone Bay. RCMP, DND, Coast Guard Auxiliary, United States Coast Guard, the French navy, fire departments from Chester and Mahone Bay, emergency measures organizations, paramedics and local ground search and rescue units are all taking part.

GuardEx14 will continue on Tuesday in Mahone Bay then move to Halifax Harbour on Wednesday. CCGS Sir William Alexander, CCGS G. Peddle S.C, CCGS Sambro, and USCGC Spencer have all been seen active in the area. French Participation is likely with Fulmar.

BBC Kimberly for Fairview Cove

today brought a brief stop for BBC Kimberley to Fairview Cove. Not trading as one of the lines, she is there likely to load or unload a Project Cargo. She is arriving from Norfolk. And tied up around 1PM.

Built in 2009, her cranes are rated at 250ton each, and she is classed as a multipurpose heavylifter. She can carry 628teu.

Update: So short was the stop, that the tug never left her side, and she sailed for Durban at 2:30.

Nunavik to sail Northwest Passage to China

it is perhaps ironic, that a few weeks after we find one of Sir John Franklin’s ships, lost while searching for the northwest passage, that the ice class bulk carrier Nunavik is sailing the route to reach China. They are offering daily progress updates on their website at

A new build for Fednav, She was built to serve northern nickle mines with out the need for icebreaker assistance. She put into Halifax on her delivery voyage. Fednav also runs the umiak 1, which was due to operate out of Halifax once the new concentrator in Newfoundland is built.

4 cruise ships for the day.

(Above) Brilliance Of the Seas – one of Royal Caribiean Radiance-class vessels. She arrived from  Boston, sailing for Saint John (below)Grandeur of the Seas – a slightly smaller Vision Class vessel. She arrived from Saint John, and sails for Baltimore

(Above) Norwegian Dawn, Who I caught earlier in the year sailing out of Tampa Florida. Shes coming from Sydney, sailing for Saint John (Below) Crystal Serenity is the last arrival, and a first time caller in Halifax. She will be arriving from Saint John, sailing for Iles de la Madeleine. (Photo to Follow)

Late Arriving Cruise ships today

Bad weather brought late arrivals for today’s 3 cruise ships.  All were scheduled to arrive before 0800, but will now tie up between 1100 and 1200. Norwegian Gem (Above) was first to arrive, Heading to Pier20. Veendam (Below) is next, bound for pier 22, and finally Regatta (Bottom) bound for Pier 23.

Holland America Line Veendam will now be departing at 6pm
Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Gem will now be departing at 7pm
Oceania Cruises Regatta will now be staying overnight departing tomorrow morning at 7am

2 more tankers on the hook in the Basin.

Joining Energy Pride at anchor in the basin today were 2 tankers:

(Above) the Mare di Genova arrived from Port Arthur in the US. Built in 2009 she is Italian flagged. (Below) the Ridgebury Julia M was built in 2006 and operates as part of the Norient tanker pool. She arrived from Gibraltar


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