Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ridley Thomas move

With a grain ship due at pier 28, the survey ship Ridley Thomas moved around the corner from pier 26-27 to pier 25 yesterday. After arriving December 8, the Thomas  unloaded some gear at pier 27, and then the ship was subject to inspections. It has apparently been held up as a result.

Many early offshore survey ships were built on the lines of Gulf of Mexico "mud boats" - the shallow draft, flat bottom precursors of today's offshore suppliers. Ridley Thomas certainly has the look of a Gulf boat, with heavy fendering and no shear to the hull, even though it was built in Singapore.
My impression is that it could be quite uncomfortable at sea, so it may well be waiting for better conditions before sailing, assuming any deficiencies uncovered in its inspection have been corrected.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spirit to Spirit transfer completed

The transfer of cargo from the damaged Australian Spirit to the sister ship Americas Spirit apparently went off without a hitch and was completed about noon time today.

Tugs come alongside to move the now loaded Americas Spirit away from Australian Spirit.

Once clear, the tug Atlantic Larch takes away the fenders.

Now underway, Americas Spirit has all three harbour tugs in attendance. Atlantic Fir as stern tethered escort. It will stay with the ship all the way out of the harbour. Atlantic Willow on the starboard bow and Atlantic Larch on the port bow, will escort the ship clear of the Narrows.

Meanwhile Australian Spirt remains at anchor awaiting the return of the tugs, still has fenders alongside and the transfer hoses. Indeed the ship still has a rudder post, but no actual rudder is visible.

Compare the view of Americas Spirit's rudder at anchor (below), and Australian Spirit's rudder is clearly missing!

Answer to yesterday's quiz "Can you spot the difference"
Americas Spirit has two satellite domes on the wheelhouse, while Australian Spirit has only one.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

High Nefeli - Basin work

The crude/product tanker High Nefeli arrived early this morning and anchored in Bedford Basin. The ship was recently photographed in Quebec City, and appears to be in ballast.

Soon after anchoring the tug Gulf Spray arrived with a barge and attendant motor boat, and began pumping off some slops or waste. Another workboat, possibly with divers, also appeared in the area.
The ship was built by STX Jinhae Shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea in 2003, and is of typical handysize product tanker dimensions and measures 29,998 grt, 46,135 dwt. It is operated by Liquimar Tankers of Athens, and flies the Greek flag.
As with most Greek ships, it displays its name in English on the bow, but in Greek on the stern. Regrettably Blogger doesn't have a Greek font, but I have placed the Greek characters in the photo. The name Nefeli seems to derive from the ancient Greek mythology, where Nephele, was a cloud nymph.


Spirit to Spirit transfer underway

Cargo transfer from Australian Spirit to Americas Spirit got underway this morning when tugs moved Americas Spirit to a position alongside its sister ship. By tomorrow the relative drafts of the two ships should be just about the opposite of what they were at noon time today.

It is unusual to see crude oil transfers, but even more unusual to see the transfer between two nearly  identical ships. Can you see the differences?

Halifax has been the scene of many transfers before, which I will describe in a later post.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Big tanker in waiting [corrected]

Teekay Shipping's Americas Spirit has been patiently waiting at anchor off Halifax since yesterday. The ship is due to take off the cargo of sister tanker Australian Spirit to allow for rudder repairs.

 Americas Spirit at anchor of Portuguese Cove. My what a big rudder you have!

The two ships are virtually identical: both are 63,213 grt. Australian Spirit was built in 2004 and measures 111,905 dwt. Americans Spirit came from the same yard, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea, but in 2003 and measures 111,920 dwt.
Several arrival times have been posted, but all have been put back so far. It is inbound this evening may come in this evening. If so it will go alongside its sister in Bedford Basin and begin to lighter off. to anchor in the Basin and rig transfer gear. It will then go alongside its sister to begin lightering operations in the morning.


APL Scotland - post panamax for now

A new to Halifax container ship for APL appeared today. APL Scotland was built in 2001 by Samsung Shipbuilding + Heavy Industries Co Ltd in Koje, measuring 65,792 grt, 68,108 dwt.

APL ships sometimes break the pattern and berth bow in at Fairview Cove. A more pleasing angle for the photographer.
APL Scotland has a capacity of 5762 TEU, including 656 reefers. It flies the flag of Singapore and is owned by NOL Liner Pte Ltd of Singapore. APL, as with its other partners in the G6 Alliance, is continually shifting ships around, particularly due to market conditions.

When the new and improved Panama Canal opens this ship will easily fit the new sized locks, and another shift in trading patterns will ensue. The new Panamax will be for ships up to 12,000 TEU versus the current maximum of 5,000 TEU.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Roundup

The fog lifted at least for a time in Halifax allowing for a look at what was going on in the port.

At Autoport the car carrier Swan Ace was finished unloading by noon time. It was the second MOL car carrier in two days, with fleet mate Mermaid Ace in port on Thursday and Wilhelmsen's Torino slotted in between on Friday.

With the McAphalt pier in the foreground, Swan Ace still has its stern ramp down at Autoport.

Built in 2008 by Minanaminippon Shipbuilding in Usumi, Japan, the 58,628 grt Swan Ace flies the Bahamas flag and is owned directly by Mitsui OSK Lines and operates under its offshoot MOL Ship Management of Singapore.

The Bahamas flag tanker Gotland Marieann moved to Imperial Oil dock 3 from Valero in Eastern Passage.

Atlantic Fir nudges the ship alongside Imperial Oil dock 3.

It is a 29,283 grt, 53,143 dwt product of Guangzhou International Shipyard in China  Hafnia Tankers provides commercial management and Wisby Ship Management provides technical management to owners Gotland Tankers of Sweden.

Meanwhile in Bedford Basin Australian Spirit rest quietly at anchor (and with no standby tug) awaiting arrival of fleet mate Americas Spirit due tomorrow to start transferring its cargo.

The dead calm conditions in Bedford Basin are a contrast to the wild seas the ship experienced when adrift without a rudder for a day and a half off Halifax.

 At pier 31 another tanker, Sloman Hermes lies idle, also possibly for repairs.
 A huge gangway has been deployed to the pier.

It is a smaller chemical tanker of 11,298 grt, 16,418 dwt, one of three sisters built in 2012 by Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding in Rui Chang, China. It is owned by Sloman Neptun of Bremen, Germany ( ) but operates in the large Navig8group under tanker pool Brizo8, a spot market pool that includes Songa and Schulte tankers - frequent callers in the Great Lakes.

Amongst all these tankers, the bulk carrier Green Phoenix got underway from Bedford Basin anchorage. It arrived Friday and had divers down earlier in the day.

HMCS Windsor (far right) was also anchored in the Basin today.

It was built in 2011 by Mitsui Ishihara Engineering + Shipbuilding in Japan, and measures 31,763 grt and 56,116 dwt. It is fitted with four neatly stowed cranes and operates for MMS Tokyo, flying the Panama flag.