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Horizon Enabler for cable work.

Horizon maritime of Dartmouth registered the multifunction offshore support vessel Horizon Enabler on November 21. The former Tidewater Enabler was built by STX Offshore of Norway in 2010, and had been on charter to Horizon Maritime since August. The ship was recently involved with the removal of oil form the sunken Manolis L for the Coast Guard.

The ship arrived at pier 9 in Halifax December 4th, and will be doing work on a sub sea cable off the Magdalen Islands. She spent today on trials in the basin.

The ship joins Horizon Star as the second ship owned by Horizon though they currently operate several other Tidewater vessels on Charter.

Polar Prince and Leeway Odyssey return from Northern Cable Survey

the Polar Prince returned to Halifax over the weekend and tied up at Pier 9. She departed in July, and was joined in Hudson Bay by the Leeway Odyssey. Both ships were conducting a seabed survey for the installation of and undersea cable to server several northern communities.

The plan  will lay undersea fiber optic cable from Chisasibi north to Kuujjuaraapik, Umiujaq, Inukjuak and Puvirnituq, to have the network in operation by 2020.

the Leeway Odyssey returned to Halifax earlier in the week. Both ships are former Coast Guard Vessels, that have gone on have extended lives in the private sector. the Polar Prince is the only commercially owned icebreaker in Canada.

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CS Dependable.

The cable ship Dependable put into port earlier this week and was due to sail this morning, but that seems to be delayed.

based in Baltimore, she is on standby to service undersea cables in the North Atlantic.

UPDATE. She loaded 120km of cable, and is bound for Bermuda to complete a repair. I was told after that, shes going to lay a 7400km cable – the cable itself will take almost a month to load at the port of Baltimore.

Issac Newton overwinters.

The cable layer Isaac Newton has spent the winter in Halifax. She arrived in the fall after working on laying new power transmission cables to PEI. the Ice came before the work was complete and she sailed for Halifax, and spent the winter at Pier 9. Last week she sailed to Mahone Bay for trials, and spent some time in the basin doing ROV workups, before returning to pier 9.

She applied for a Costing trade license for the time period between March 15 to June 15, so she is likely waiting for the ice to clear.

Hibernia Atlantic Cable Installation set to Begin

The Cable Ship Decisive is due to arrive at anchor today, Signalling the beginning of construction of the Hibernia Express Cable. Decisive has a costing trade license to do prework, including route clearance, before resolute comes to Lay the cable.

The General Cargo vessel Ocean Crescent Loaded cable handling equipment in February, and will presumably bring the cable back to Halifax, where it will be loaded aboard the Resolute for laying.

Hibernia Atlantic has a landing station in Herring Cove.

Photos to Follow.

Hiberina Express Cable to be Installed in March/April

Having been announced, and in planning for the last 2-3 years, the Hibernia Express undersea cable is to start construction in March. the route was surveyed back in 2011

2 Coasting trade applications have been filed for Cable Vessels. the CS Deceive  will be used to perform the route clearance, pre lay grapnel run and general support related to the supply and installation of the Hibernia Express Cable System. Her work is expected to begin March 10. the CS Resolute will be used to perform plowing, cable burial and testing related to the supply and installation of the Cable System.

Hibernia Express undersea cable is a transatlantic subsea fibre optic telecommunications cable system connecting points in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cork Ireland and Brean, United Kingdom. The cable will be run from Hibernia Atlantic’s Landing Site is Herring Cove.

Cable Ship Ile De Sein

The Alcatel Lucent Cable Ship Ile De Sein arrived this morning and tied up at Pier 9. The IT Intrepid moved out and anchored in the Basin to make room at the pier. No coasting Licenses have been issued for her to work in Canadian waters, so this is likely a pre or post job stop.

Alcatel Lucent is the french Telco equipment manufacturer. Pier 9 rests across the narrows form the Old French Cable Wharf (Now DRDC Atlantic) Halifax Serves as the Main base for IT Telecoms 2 vessels IT Intrepid and IT Interceptor, and is a frequent stop over for others.

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