The Jumbo Shipping vessel Stellaprima arrived today at pier 9 to unload a work-boat.
The Dominion Warrior is being brought over from Gibraltar. Built as Coastal Warrior, and purchased by Dominion Diving, the work boat is barge like in appearance with a small superstructure and large work area. A Common vessel layout in Europe, these type of work-boats are uncommon in Canadian waters.
After spending yesterday circling off the approcahes due to high winds, the Forte pulled into anchorage 1 this morning with the Jack up Rig Noble Regina Allen aboard. In the coming days she will be floated off, and likely jack up off Woodside.
The Noble Regina Allen will be used to decommission the Sable offshore gas field, and capping the wells. the work is expected to take up to two years.
Currently scheduled to arrive at noon, the Dockwise semi-submersible heavy lift ship Forte is scheduled to arrive this afternoon with the Jack-up rig Noble Regina Allen.
she will likely anchor in anchorage 1, south of Georges Island for the offload.
The Noble Regina Allen will be employed to Decommission the Sable offshore Gas Field.
UPDATE: She is now due 0700 tomorrow. A tall load and strong winds likely made harbour entry ill advised. She is However slowely circling off the pilot station.
This Morning Ferry passengers began tweeting Photos of the BigLift vessel Happy River, heading for the Basin with a Ship on Deck. Happy River tied up at Fairview Cove.
The Boat is a Corvette of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and is bound for Daemons Netherlands Shipyard. recall that Biglift brought the Tops of Atlantic Towing’s new Platform Supply Vessels along with several containers of equipment. Its likely that the Happy River stopped to pick up those containers for the return trip to the shipyard.
Photos Above By Sandy Maclearn, and Clarence Hemeon
The Heavy lift vessel Fairlift made a quick stop at pier 31 today. She reportedly delivered something to the Stenna Icemax, now located off the Shelburne Basin. Jumbo Shipping does offer subsea installation as one of their services, so its possible the ship delivered something to the seabed, rather then to the ship itself.
In other Icemax news, the CNSOPB gave shell permission to start drilling again.
Hansa Heavy Lift recently dropped off some spreaders at Pier 28. there is Speculation that these may be for lifting the 2 west coast bound. Mid Shore Patrol Vessels.
I went looking for a tender award notice – I found none. I did discover however that the project was re-tendered in July. This new tender removed language about delivery to a Foreign port, and now requires the vessels to be delivered to BC. the re-tender also corresponds with an application for a coasting trade license for the unnamed vessel. I was also unable to find a Decision on the coasting trade application.
The Trip is requested to be As soon as possible, between November 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and the Tender closed September 24th, so we are within timelines, and perhaps are waiting for a final contract to be signed. From Questioning in the tender process, it appears that Dockwise and Hansa Heavy Lift were both interested in Bidding.
(Above) Excerpt of Docking plan, from Tender Documents.
Word is that the overhead cranes will be installed at the shipyard this week. The Kone overhead cranes were delivered to pier 9 last week.
Irving has two of their largest cranes, A
Liebherr – LR1400 440 ton in the foreground, and a MANITOWOC – M-2250 300 ton, to lift the assembled cranes and put them into place. The overhead cranes themselves span the width of the ultra hall and are 200ton capacity each.
The HHL Tokyo arrived last night for bunkers, and will be proceeding to Sheet Harbour to unload wind turbine parts.
Designed for project cargo and heavy lift, HHL Tokyo was built as Beluga Procession, originally for upstart Beluga, who attempted to grow to fast and collapsed in 2011. (Beluga made a few trips to Halifax, including delivering new CGCS Lifeboats) She was Picked up by Hansa Heavy Lift of Germany as a brand new vessel, being on the blocks when Beluga Failed.
Today was the annual launch day at the Maritime Museum. This is when a crane comes in to place all the small craft in the water.
(below) the crane is lifting Whim’s mast into place.
The US Flagged heavy lift ship Ocean Charger arrived and tied up this morning to load project cargo.
This is the the first stop for a vessel of the sort at pier 9 in a while, though with recent upgrades, we should se more of this type of activity.
Ocean Charger is Owned and operated by Pacific Gulf Marine, and is unique with her 2 120ton Lattice boom cranes. Shipfax reports she will be fitted with cable tanks, and loaded with submarine cable.