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Scandi Neptune at Pier 9

The offshore construction vessel Scandi Neptune is currently tied up alongside at Pier 9. The ship was contracted to remove well heads, at either the Sable or Deep Panuke projects.

the ship is Currently mobilizing for the work, having arrived from St. John’s NF.

Noble Regina Allen loaded.

The Noble Regina Allen was loaded aboard the GPO Amethyst Monday morning, and is in the process of being secured for transport.

go get a good look, this will likely be the last oil platform to come into or out of Halifax for a while.

UPDATE: the Ship is set to depart at 8PM tonight.

Noble Regina Allen is Finished.

The Noble Regina Allen has completed plugging the 5 wells of the Deep Panuke Gas field, and has returned to Woodside, alongside the Deep Panuke Production platform. The semi-submersible heavy lift ship GPO Amethyst has sailed from Rotterdam, likely to pickup the Noble Regina Allen and bring her to her next job. GPO Amethyst has an Eta of Aug 31.

NRA Arrived in November 2017, and spent a year plugging the sable Field. It finished that work in Dec 2019, and returned to Halifax for a few months of maintenance, heading out to Deep Panuke in February.

Deep Panuke – Change in Plans

The Deep Panuke Production Field Center arrived in Halifax today, and was offloaded at the IEL Dock in Woodside. The barge carrying the platform was towed to Halifax by Maersk Detector and Maersk Cutter, and was assisted inbound by five Atlantic Towing tugs.

A change in plans occurred, when the Horizon Arctic was unable to get the anchors that would have held the platform and barge in place in Mulgrave to hold on the sea floor. the platform is only a few years old, so its owners are hoping to reuse it on another project elsewhere. it will be stored at Woodside until a use is found for it.

Maersk Detector and Maersk Cutter at Pier 9 prior to removing the PFC.

The Horizon Arctic returned to Pier 9 and offloaded the anchors. the Noble Regina Allen has been plugging Deep Panuke’s wells and currently is working on the final one. it will be towed back to Halifax in a few weeks. before it moves on to its next project.

the boa barge 34 being removed from under the Deep Panuke Platform.

Horizon Arctic

Another Large offshore vessel, the Horizon Arctic arrived at pier 9. i have been told the vessel will be setting the anchors that will hold the Boa barge 34 when it arrives in Mulgrave.

the Horizon Arctic is the largest of three ships operated by Horizon Maritime. it was built by Vard in 2016, and operated as the Bourbon Arctic until Horizon acquired it in March of 2019.

the ship features a 308ton bollard pull, and her towing winches are rated to 500 tons.

Maersk Cutter.

Maersk Cutter, another relatively new new Offshore vessel put into Halifax. it is expected to sail overnight.

Built in 2015, and Flagged in Canada, the ship normally works in the Newfoundland offshore. The Thalif may be taking a break from Sable decommissioning work to install 2 cranes on the Hiberina platform, so this visit may be related to that.

Wilson Mistral with Anchors.

the general cargo ship Wilson Mistral arrived just after midnight, and tied up at pier 9. Loaded with anchors and Chains, these will be installed in Mulgrave by the Horizon Arctic (due in Halifax July 6) to hold the Boa Barge in place with the Deep Panuke Production platform aboard.

the ship arrived from Montrose, Scotland, and is very small.

the ship is due to move to pier 27, likely for fuel, at 10pm tonight.

Boa Barge 34 and Deep Panuke Platform

the tug Boa Odin delivered the Boa Barge 34 to Pier 9. The Barge will be used too remove the production platform for the Deep Panuke offshore gas project. The Platform features jack up legs. Once the platform is positioned underneath the platform, the platform will lower itself onto the barge, and then withdraw its legs from the Seabed.

Nobel Regina Allen is Currently plugging the last well of the project.

Since the platform is still relativity new, a costing trade application was filed to allow the platform to be stored aboard the barge, at anchor in Mulgrave for 1 year.

Boa Barge 36 was used for the installation of the platform in 2011.

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