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An odd vessel tied up at Pier 9 recently. Layla is a small cargo ship and features two 3mt derricks. the ship also looks to have a cable handling roller on the bow.

Layla is one of three ships belonging to South African firm Mertech Marine, which specializes in recovering and recycling sub sea cable. Founded in 1998, Mertech claims to have recover 75,000km of disused subsea cable.

Layla was built in 1975 in the Netherlands, and was rebuilt in 2008. The ship is 65m long, and is powered by a Caterpillar 3512 engine producing 749KW of power.

IT Infinity – New for IT Telecom

IT Telecom looks to have acquired another Offshore vessel for conversion to do cable work. The IT Infinity was previously Standard Princess, and worked out of Aberdeen Scotland. At the end of may, the ship sailed for Cape Canaveral in Florida, departing for Halifax on the 13th.

the ship was built by Vard in 2008. The large crane looks to be a recent addition, as pictures on don’t show the crane while in Scotland.

Cable activity at Pier 9

The general cargo vessel Franbo Lohas tied up at pier 9 to install cable tanks. the ship will then likely sail to Newington, NH to load cable at the manufacturer.

the ship was built in 2016 as Thorco Lohas. Thorco vessels have been common visitors at pier 9 to load cable handling equipment over the years. Thorco sold the ship to Franbo last year.

IT Integrity also arrived back at pier 9. the ship is a converted 755-L platform supply vessel that was converted for cable work.

Cable Ship Ile D’aix

The Cable Ship Ile D’aix has been tied up at International Telecoms base at Pier 9 for the past week. the French vessel is operated by ASN, or Alcatel Submarine Networks. Its purpose built for cable maintenance and repair, and is based at ASN’s facility in Calais. the ship arrived from St. John’s Nfld.

Siem Dorado at Pier 9

Siem Dorado is tied up at Pier 9. the Offshore construction vessel is at the cable terminal, and looks to be outfitting for a cable job. You can see the stern has added cable handling equipment.

There is no active coasting trade application open, so the job is not likely in Canadian Waters.

Siem is the Parent of Dartmouth based Secunda Marine.

Pier 9 for the holidays

CCGS Alfred Needler (above) and IT Intrepid (below) both took to pier 9 for the holidays.

The Alferd Needler was required to take to pier 9 due to the piers being full at bio, with Hudson alongside undergoing work, and the Arrival of the Jean Goodwill.

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