Category Archives: tanker

Algoma Adds A Tanker

Algoma recently purchased the Swedish registered tanker Ramira, and registered it in Canada as AlgoNorth. The 2008 Turkish built tanker is scheduled to sail on the 12th from Goteborg Sweden for Canada. as the ship is registered in Halifax, its likely this will be the first stop.

A Products tanker, she is 135 meters long =, and similar in size to the other products tankers Algoma operates.

Breaking: Algoma Dartmouth bound for Saint John on bunkering charter to Irving

the Algoma Dartmouth, which has been providing bunkering service in Halifax since 2009, has been chartered by irving, and will be headed to Saint John to take up bunkering duties there.Currently Halifax is the only Eastern Canadian Port other then Montreal offering bunkering service, leading to many vessel calls simply for fuel.

the ship was first operated by Algoma for imperial oil, as a replacement for the single hulled tanker NT Dartmouth. Algoma then operated the tanker for Stirling fuels who took over the bunkering contract in Halifax when Imperial got out of the business when they shut down the refinery in 2014. Sterling fuels picked up the charter of the Algoma Dartmouth in 2014. that charter has now ended as of a week ago.

Sterling Fuels is presumably still providing fuel Service in Halifax, as the Algoma Value was seen today at Pier 31 with tank trucks along side. This may also explain why Horizon Star was reported to be fueling from Wilson’s fuels at pier 9. no word has been heard on a replacement Bunkering tanker for Halifax, if there will even be one.

Algoma Dartmouth has spent the last week or so at pier 9, I had assumed due to strong winds, but its actually preparing for the next charter. I’m not aware of Sterling Fuel’s plans going forward, nor do i see another appropriate tanker due in Halifax in the next few weeks.

Busy Day #3 – Three for fuel.

The bunkering tanker Algoma Dartmouth will be kept busy today with 3 vessels anchoring to top up their tanks.

First up is the Norwegian flagged, geared bulker, NordKap. She arrived from Brazil, and will likely sail for the St Lawrence, likely with a load of Bauxite for aluminum production. She is Due to Sail at 15:00. (She Sailed giving Port Alfred PQ as her destination – Home to Rio-Tinto Alcan)

Due at the Pilot station at 1500 is the Liberian flagged Crude oil tanker ALMI GALAXY, which arrived from Scapa Flow Scotland and spent the last couple of days at anchor in the approaches. Shes due to anchor at anchorage #1 (between Georges Is. and McNabs Is.) laden, she was required to enter port with  a tug escort, and will be bound for the refinery in Saint John NB. on departure. She sailed at 2245.

also due for fuel is the products tanker Navig8 Sirius. the marshal islands flagged ship is arriving at the pilot station at 1600 from Houston Texas, unladen with refined product. she is Due to sail at 0200

Ill try to update this post later tonight with photos of the tankers, when they arrive.

Nore For Wilson’s Fuels?

the Tanker Nore arrived this morning and tied up at Pier 9, where Wilson’s Fuels has a connection to their tank farm on barrington street, Though she is likely not carrying a cargo.

A small tanker,  she was built in 2007, and arrived from Ceuta Spain. A sister ship to Algoma Dartmouth, Shipfax is reporting that she is bound for the west coast under Canadian ownership as AS Aquarius. if you look closely, you will notice her name has been painted out on the hull, both forward, and on the stern.

Tanker Traffic

(Above) the Crude Carrier Helga Spirit took to Anchorage 1 for Bunkers. Empty, She arrived from Saint John NB. (Below) the Irving Oil  Tanker Acadian, tied up at the Irving terminal.

Damia Desgagnes at anchorage #5

The Desgagnes tanker Damia Desgagnes has spent the past few days at anchor in the inner harbour. running between Montreal and Halifax, she’s carrying asphalt to the McAsphalt Dock in Eastern passage, and is scheduled to move to the dock at 10:30 tonight. The ship was built in 2017, And is a hybrid – she can run traditional fuels as well as LNG – or Liquefied Natural gas, which is stored on deck in 2 large tanks.

Canadian Flagged, she is home ported in Quebec.

Other Harbour Happenings.

With the Arrival of the Largest Container ship todate, a tall ship at anchor, and A US Aircraft carrier all showing up in recent days, its easy to forget other actions still happen daily in the port.

(Above)YM Moderation Put in for the Alliance. The Car Carrier liberty tied up at autoport, and then Moved to Pier 31.

(Above) Acadian sits at anchor waiting to tie up at the Irving Oil wharf. (Below) Atlantic Pegasus departed imperial oil for Sea.

Golden Oak Fixed an issue at anchor, and then proceeded to Imperial Oil.

(Above) The herring Fleet is Still in town, with the morning Star Transiting. (below)The Vera D Arrived just ahead of the ZIM Antwerp, but got out of the way.

Sunday Roundup.

(Above) CMA-CGM Elbe at Pier 41. Another of the Same Class of 9400TEU Vessels CMA-CGM has been using on their Columbus Loop.

(Below) YM ENLIGHTENMENT was last nights call to Fairview Cove. Running a Short Service, she will call once a month, and was last here May 15th.

(below) The products tanker Sichem Challenge Put in for bunkers Sunday afternoon. A small tanker, shes not much larger then the Algoma Dartmouth.

Tug Genesis Victory and barge GW6506

Appearing to be loaded, and arriving from Texas, the Articulated Tug and barge Genesis Victory / GW6506 likely is waiting in the basin to offload at one of the terminals in Halifax. there are currently 6 Oil terminals in the Port. the First is the Tufts Cove Power plant, the Second is Wilson’s Fuel at Pier 9.

Irving has revamped their wharf at woodside, and is now accepting their own product. Imperial oil is still operating their terminal on the refinery site, McAsphalt industries operates a wharf in eastern passage to accept liquid asphalt products, and Valero has their wharf in Eastern Passage.

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