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This Week in the Herald – new tugs

this week I talk about Horizon Maritime’s Joint venture with KOTUG, and Nolhan Ava’s new run to Agentia NL.

The New tug venture is proving mysterious – As I mentioned in the article, existing markets are dominated by incumbents. One Industry source contacted me this morning and suggested that they may be setting up to provide services for the Goldboro LNG Export Facility -positing that they would only have success at a new terminal.

Another thought along those lines is that the firm exists on paper to collect a retainer as a service provider to one of the container terminals proposed for Sydney, or the Straight of Canso. time will tell.

Nolhan Ava with a full load of new containers, 2016

Ocean Force riding the hook.

Ocean Force has spent the past several days at anchor in the Basin. the ship first arrived in Halifax in August to fill in for the Nolhan Ava on the Saint Pierre run. With the return of the Nolhan Ava, the ship took to the basin after completing its last trip.

Nolhan Ava it now operating on a service between Halifax and Argentia, NL. its unclear what the change will mean for the Saint Pierre Service, As the ship is now operated by a Dartmouth based Subsidiary of the company that ran the Saint Pierre Service.

There was some thought that the Ocean Force would take over that route, though that is unclear at this point. Also muddying the waters is the fact that the Nolhan Ava was re-flagged to Canada in August 2018, and has been making regular calls in Argentia after stopping in Saint Pierre. It looks as though on this first run, the ship stopped at Saint Pierre after Argentia.

HNLMS De Rutyer

HNLMS De Ruyter is a De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy. She was commissioned in 2004 and is the Third of four ships of her class. Allion unsuccessfully bid the class for the CSC.

Dutch ships are infrequent visitors to halifax. I do not have a recollection of this class having a recent visit, though we have had vistis form one of the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Supply ships, 2 submarines, and HNLMS VAN SPEIJK took part in the most recent Cutlass Fury Exercise.

the ship is scheduled to move to pier 9 tomorrow afternoon, before sailing in the evening.

Cruise Ships

Today brought visits from 3 cruise Ships; Norwegian Dawn, at Pier 22; Holland America Lines Zuiderdam at pier 20; Rivera for Oceania Cruises at pier 34; and Pearl Mist departed pier 23 after an extended stay.

Weather played havoc yesterday with Pilotage services suspended due to weather, the cruise ship Amadea Circled in the Approaches for several hours, before sailing for its final destination of NYC.

Zuiderdam at Pier 20

AOPS 2 Launch Delayed

the Launch of the Second AOPS has been delayed by at least a month.

In August, Irving Shipbuilding applied for a coasting trade license to use the BoaBarge 37 to launch the ship for a 30 Day period between Oct 18 and Nov 18. ISI has now requested another window Between Nov 25 and Dec 23.

the reason for the delay is unclear, but is unlikely related to the stop work order after a contract worker was killed by sand blasting equipment at the yard in July. The original application was dated July 24.

Man Overboard on the Vincent Coleman

this afternoon on the evening commute, a 31y/o male went into the water from the ferry Vincent Coleman around 5:30pm, mid harbour on the Dartmouth to Halifax run. the ferry crew was able to quickly recover him, and returned to Alderney landing, where he was checked over by EHS.

video posted to Youtube of the rescue.

Police later issued a release stating that alcohol may have been a factor, and no significant injuries were reported. Water temperatures in the harbour are around 13 degrees – about the same as the air today.

5 Ship Day

Adventure of the Seas at pier 20

today is the busiest day of the cruise season with 5 ships, and 10,000 passengers in town.

Norwegian Escape at Pier 22
Fram at pier 24
Serenade of the Seas

Also present but not photographed today is Silver Wind.

On Board the Asterix

As part of Defsec Atlantic, Federal Fleet and Hepburn Engineering, the Toronto based company that supplied the RAS gear were offering tours of the ship at Pier 23.

ships cranes
ras posts
Ras Gear – all the winches are below deck
RAS Equipment below deck.
Cargo Hatch
Superstructure
View from the Bridge
Cargo handling space
Inside one of the 2 hangers
Helepad from flyco.
Accommodation Space.
the bridge.
Coning position. Ships wheel and throttle.
Bridge Wing Console
Upper deck aft of the bridge
RASOPS
Ras operations console. there are 4 of these – one for each ras point.
Gym
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