The Atlantic Fir was alongside the Harry DeWolf this evening, holding the ship against the pier. I understand that various propulsion system trials are now underway. Various scuff marks from tugs seem to suggest this is not the first such trial.
The contract for the design of the new Naval large tugs project was issued by Ocean Industries. Robert Allen Ltd. of Vancouver will be providing a variation of their Ramparts 2400 design. The design is commercially proven, with 48 having been built internationally. The Tug is not currently in use in Canada.
Ocean will be building 4 tugs, 2 for each coast. the New large tugs will replace the existing Glen Class.
The Feds have another tender on the street for the construction for 4 large navy tugs to replace the glen Class. this one has been working through procurement circles for a number of years, they first tried for 6 tugs in 2012. that went nowhere, so in 2015 they went looking to bareboat or time charter commercial tugs. that too went nowhere and now they are looking to buy again.
the request is for an off the shelf design, and the tender requires bidders to present a working example of the design, not more then 10 years old, with more then 1000 working hours.
this tender reads:
the Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement to replace the Royal Canadian Navys (RCNs) five Glen-class tugs and two Fire-class fireboats with four Naval Large Tugs (NLTs). The procurement strategy is to award a single contract for the design and construction of four commercial-off-the-shelf tugs through a competitive process on buyandsell.gc.ca.
Two tugs will be delivered to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia and the other two tugs will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia.
DND is seeking to acquire four NLTs of a proven, in-service, commercial off-the-shelf design. The primary mission of the new NLTs will be to provide a platform to conduct moves of larger RCN vessels, along with providing towing and afloat firefighting capability, in the harbors on both coasts. Each new vessel is expected to have a minimum 25-year life expectancy. In addition, as part of this procurement, DND will also acquire the necessary technical data packages, operator and maintenance training, and two years worth of spare parts for each vessel.
the tender also mentions that The vessels must be delivered with no more than 500 hours on the main engines and that The vessels shall not be towed from the shipyard to the delivery points.
On Friday, the Feds signed a contract for $610million to have Davie acquire and convert 3 Icebreakers for Coast Guard use. The first ship is to be delivered by December 2018, with the other 2 to be delivered in Summer and fall 2019.
The ships were built for the offshore industry to work in Alaska, so should be well suited for the job. The Proposed ships are Tor Viking II, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking. the Ships are owned by Norwegian tor, but are flagged, and currently are tied up in Sweden. Built to DNV Ice-10 standards, they will be classed as medium icebreakers in CG Service.
In a separate announcement last week, the feds awarded a contract for emergency towing vessels. the need for these vessels became apparent After several ships broke down in BC Waters, and were rescued by US based Tugs, the feds have awarded a contract to Atlantic towing to provide 2 emergency towing vessels in BC waters for the next 3 years. Word is Atlantic Eagle and Atlantic Raven will be the ships stationed on the west coast.
Yesterday the tug Ocean Taiga tied up at pier 9, Bound for Jamaica. The tug was reflagged for jamica and is listed in transport Canada’s Vessel registration system as a Bareboat charter.
Also yesterday, Ocean announced it has signed a 10-year contract with the Port Authority of Jamaica for providing harbour towage services at the Kingston Harbour. Thanks to this new contract, Ocean is exporting thier harbour towing services internationally and pursuing the implementation of their development plan in the Caribbean.
State-of-the-art equipment and personnel will be deployed in the port area of Newport West, Kingston, to meet the growing demand for harbour towing services. Three latest generation tug boats from the Ocean fleet will be in service and will officially start operations at the end of June. In total, some 40 jobs will be created.
Ocean taiga was built at Oceans own yard in 2012.
Boa Bison and Boa Barge 37 arrived this morning for the shipyard. The Tug took bunkers, and is expected to sail this afternoon. The barge is on long term charter to the shipyard, for use as a lunching platform for the AOPS vessels currently under construction.
Update: Boa Bison sailed for Bergen Norway at 6pm.
Thanks to Mac over at Shipfax, We now know that the Halifax Shipyard has chartered the BoaBarge 37 for a period of 4 years. the Barge will be used to launch the AOPS vessels currently under construction. The barge departed Rotterdam yesterday under tow of the Boa Bison, and is Due April 17.
Photos from Boa.
The Tug Craig Trans Left Halifax Last night, under tow of the Dominion Victory.
The Tug Arrived in Halifax in Dec 2012, the crew having run out of food and Water 3 days prior to Arrival and was detained after inspectors found a number of Deficiencies. The 1944 built tug was on its way to Montreal to tow a ship to the scrappers. The mission to seafarers worked to repatriate the Honduran crew, while The tugs owner was less then supportive.
The Tug was to be sold at Auction, June 15th 2013, but Failed to attract a buyer. It then appears to have fallen into the hands of Dubious local vessel scrapper Tracy Dodds, who then tried to sell it on Auto Trader. The Tug has languished at the Scunda Wharf in the Basin Ever Since.
UPDATE – June 5th:
Thanks to Shipfax, we know the Craig Trans was towed to Marie Joseph on the eastern shore. (About 175 km NE of Halifax, Past Ecum Secum. This Port is also home to the MV Caruso, Ex CCGS Sir Charles Tupper which is partially scrapped, after being towed to Marie Joseph after a Fire at the former Dartmouth Marine Slips.
One other note, which I neglected to include in the original post, was that the Craig trans was bound to tow the Kathryn Spirit from Beauharnois, on the south shore of Montreal for scrap in Mexico. the ship was towed to Beauharnois intending for it to be scrapped there, but local environmental concerns caused the company to sell the ship to Mexican interests. Since the tug hired to tow her was detained in Halifax, The Kathryn Spirit has languished their since, and having developed a list, is now being scrapped where she sits, at taxpayer expense.