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Inside Dominion Diving’s New Boats

I got an inside look at dominion diving new works boats today. They are much larger up close then they appear, and still have that new tug smell (which is like new car smell, but saltier.) The bridge is open and clean, with excellent visibility all around. Thanks to the enormous windows.

Under the Bridge is a small accommodation space, which features a head with shower, 2 bunks, and a small galley. The Engine room is also accessible from the accommodation space, and is quite comfortable to access despite the low headroom. (the boats are powered by twin Volvo Engines)

The 2 new boats are waiting on final approval from Transport Canada inspectors, and a once over from the Volvo Technican before going into service.

Besides showing me the new boats, I had a peak inside the warehouse. Above is President and ROV Superintendent Matt Lohnes (and my tour guide) standing in front of the largest ROV in Canada.

Dominion Diving was featured in the series Lords of the Ocean, which aired this past fall on History. Episodes Deal with events that took place in the past year, Including Reef Ball installation, Expansion of Pier 42, The visit of HMS Queen Elizabeth, The Noble Regina Allen work period, and the offshore wind farm installation off Virginia, along with a bunch of more mundane jobs.

Princess for Sable decommissioning.

The Boskalis tug Princess put into Halifax fro a brief fuel and supply stop Tuesday, before heading for Mulgrave. The tug will likely be collecting one of the Sable offshore platforms for delivery to the UK Recyclers.

Halifax Fire’s Rescue boat 13 is Passing in the Foreground.

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.

Maersk Maker at Pier 9

The brand New Anchor Handling Supply Tug Maersk Maker arrived this morning at pier 9, after spending yesterday with the crane ship Thialf. The Ship was Built in 2019, and is flagged in St. John Newfoundland.

From Maersk’s brochure on the ship:

Maersk Maker is a DP2 deep water anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) of SALT design. This state-of-the-art vessel is built for deep water anchor handling and oilfield operations with reliability, safety and minimized environmental footprint as a top priority.Powered by five medium speed engines with total output of more than 23,000 horsepower, a fuel efficient and flexible hybrid propulsion system and fixed pitch on all side thrusters, the vessel provides good fuel economy, low emissions and excellent station keeping capabilities (ERN 4 x 99). Also designed for high safe deck operations, the vessel is equipped with a multi deck handler system, anchor recovery frame, gypsy handling system and other aid

AOPS Trials

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.

Atlantic Fir is finished for now.

Design Selected for new Naval Large Tug.

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.

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