Monthly Archives: April 2019

Acadia Desgagnes Sails

The Acadia Desgagnes spent time tied up at pier 25 to return to the Canadian Flag. The ship works in arctic during the summer season, and is chartered out internationally for the winter under the Barbados flag.

Built in China in 2013, the ship features 3 holds, 2x 40ton cranes, and can carry 164teu on Deck. The ship sailed yesterday evening for Pugwash to load salt.

Grande Senegal – fill in for ACL

The Con-Ro Grande Senegal made a good Friday appearance at Fairview Cove, presumably filling in for the Drydocked Atlantic Sail. Grimaldi group is the parent company of ACL, and runs a fleet of these yellow Con-Ro’s, which wile distinctive, rarely put into Halifax.

Sister Ship Grande America, suffered a Container Fire March 11, and sank in the Bay of Biscay as a result of fire damage. The crew abandoned ship in Heavy weather and were rescued by the HMS Argyle.

Algoma’s New Canadian – AlgoTerra

Algoma has acquired the product tanker Algoterra. The ship arrived at Pier 9 Sunday morning, and crews went right to work painting out her old name.

E K is all that remains of the ships former name(s)

Built in 2010 as the Louise Knutsen, the ship was renamed Louise K for the delivery trip. The ship also becomes the newest tanker in Algoma’s fleet which was built between1998-2008. Algoma took posession of the ship in Amsterdam on April 1. Algoma has been on a buying spree as of late, acquiring the product tanker AlgoNorth late last year.

BBC Kwiatkowski loads Cable Gear

After sitting at anchor in the outer anchorage for several days while 2 other BBC Shipping Vessels transferred cargo at Pier 9, BBC Kwiatkowski tied up on Saturday, and installed a cable handling gear. the ship will likely head to Baltimore to load cable.

the ship was built in 2008 as Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski and built in Gdansk Poland. the ship comes in at 6155 gt, and features two 120ton cranes.

Lomur – now out of work

The general cargo ship Lomur took to the basin yesterday. the ship was on charter to Eimskip, but has been replaced by the Pictor J. that ship should hit Halifax in May. Lomur is quite small,and suffered weather damage in recent winter storms, as well as heavy icing.

the Eimskip green line will continue to be served by EF Ava and Skogafoss, with a May 9th ETA for the Pictor J.


Next week on Discovery – Nautical Mayday

One of my pet peeves, is that the Discovery show “Mayday” is almost exclusively about Plane Crashes. Yah Yah, the show is called “Air Crash Investigation” in other countries, but there have been 2 episodes involving trains – a 1989 derailment in California that led to a pipeline explosion, and the 1986 Hinton train collision. Sure plane crashes make good TV, but there are so many other Transportation disasters that would make good episodes.

Given the Number of nautical disasters, it always struck me as odd that the show never covered shipping. Well now the folks at discovery have. Disasters at Sea premieres April 16th

From Discovery:

Each episode of DISASTERS AT SEA tells the unimaginable true story of a maritime disaster, combining harrowing re-enactments with expert analysis from marine investigators. Whether it’s survivor testimony about a sudden sound, GPS data about the ship’s speed, or the scatter pattern of wreckage at the bottom of the ocean, each piece of evidence helps investigators build a dramatic picture of the deadly chain of events.

Armed with the newly-discovered facts uncovered by investigators, archival footage is combined with evocative re-enactments, CGI, and special effects to immerse viewers in each story and dramatically convey the catastrophic events. Each episode delivers a suspenseful journey into one of the deadliest jobs on the planet, the working men and women who choose this dangerous life, and the marine investigators who work tirelessly to help make the high seas a safer place.

See Nautical Mayday.

you can tune in into Disasters at Sea premiere April 16th at 10pm ET / 11pm ATL, after Deadliest Catch.
The First episode looks at the sinking of the Derbyshire, a bulk carrier that went down in the South China Sea in September 1980 with all hands.


Start of the Cruise Season

hopefully passengers are not expecting weather conditions as depicted in this photo.

Today marks the beginning of the Cruise ship season with the arrival this morning of the Marina for Oceana Cruises. the ship is sailing a 14 Day New York to Southampton transatlantic route with stops in Saint John, New Brunswick (07 Apr); Halifax, Nova Scotia (08 Apr); St Johns, Newfoundland (10 Apr); Cork, Ireland (14 Apr); Dublin, Ireland (15 Apr); St Malo, France (17 Apr); Le Havre (Paris), France (18 Apr); Southampton, England (19 Apr a0800)

Of course, there is 20CM of snow forecasted for today. the cruise season traditionally begins in April, though not normally this early. the previous earliest start was the arrival of the Azamara Journey, which arrived on April 12, 2012.

Visiting Warships x3 this week.

File Photo

This week sees 3 visits by warships. the first, Fulmar, arrived late last week for work at Tall Ships Quay. Fulmar is the French Marine National presence in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and frequently puts into Halifax for work periods and friendly visits.

USCGC Campbell arriving in 2011

The US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell arrived Saturday morning. the ship is based in Kittery Maine, and stops in Halifax every few years. A Medium Endurance Cutter, the type visits Halifax frequently.

Arriving Sunday, is the USS Jason Dunham. the Arleigh Burke class destroyer is based in Norfolk, and was commissioned in 2010.

BBC Brazil riding the hook

the BBC Brazil arrived this morning and took to anchor in the basin. The ship is scheduled to move to pier 9 tomorrow afternoon.

the ship was built in 2011 to ice class A1,features two 80 ton cranes, and is designed for use on the great lakes. the stop at pier 9 may be for bunkers before heading inland.

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