Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Break


 Shipfax has passed the 1500 mark in posts, so it is time for a break. I will take my usual August holiday from postings, due to traveling, and will be back on line early in September.

Tuesday Roundup

Another busy day in Halifax. Among the highlights:

 The Dutch flag cargo ship Floragracht arrived and anchored in the lower harbour for inspeciton. Built in 2011 by Jiangsu Changbo Shipyard in Jingjiang, China, it measures 8,620 grt, 12,178 dwt and carries three 80 tonne cranes. Owner Spliethoff's operate six sister ships in the "F" class.

Atlantic Towing Ltd's Atlantic Condor set out out on her regular run to Deep Panuke. Built by Halifax Shipyard in 2010, the supplier makes the trip at least once a week.
 
HMCS Athabaskan, followed by HMCS Halifax were the first naval ships to sail this morning, followed by the NATO visiting ships.With HMCS Iroquois laid up with corrosion problems, Athabaskan is as close to a destroyer as the RCN has on this coast.


Turkish Kemalries gets under way for sea. Her canted funnels are reminiscent of the Canadian Tribals as built.

USNS Medgar Evers makes its way slowly from HMC Dockyard to Imperial Oil. A Sea King helo buzzes around the ship.


The tanker Cape Beale moved out to anchor to create space for Medgar Evers. Cape Beale was built in 2005 by Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, 25,108 grt, 40,327 dwt. It operates for Columbia Ship Management Deutschland of Hamburg in the UPT pool.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Panamax for Fairveiw

Although it was a civic holiday in Halifax today, Fairview Cove worked two ships, the familiar Seoul Express, and another first timer NYK Diana in bound from the orient via west and east coast ports.



Built in 2008 by Hyundai, Ulsan, the 55,534 grt ship has a container capacity of 4922 TEU
The trickle down of Panamax sized ships continues with owners diverting these less efficient ships to make room for post-Panamax giants on the long hauls.

 The ship sails late this evening for Southampton.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday round up



Sunday callers at Autoport are not unheard of, but they are fairly rare. Today's arrival was Crystal Ace  It was a hazy day so the ship's starboard side, was free of the deep shadow which would normally be the case.


While alongside at Autoport, ships send their head lines out to a pair of mooring buoys. The tug Roseway tends these lines, making its way from Dartmouth Cove to Autoport to meet the ship on arrival and back again to let it go.




Once the lines are free, tugs (not visible behind the ship) ease the ship off the berth and it exits Eastern Passage for the main harbour and off to sea.

Crystal Ace dates from 2012 when it emerged from the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe shipyard. It is operated by Mitsui OSK Lines under the Marshal Islands flag and measures 60,131 grt.

Later in the evening the tanker Silver Express came to anchor for inspection. It was met by the tug Atlantic Oak which stood by, and the launch Halmar which took inspectors out to the ship. The ship's last port was Freetown, Sierra Leone, so let's hope they inspected for Ebola.

Built by Onomichi Dockyard, it is a 26,900 grt, 47,701 dwt product tanker operated by Doun Kisen of Japan, under the Panama flag.

It was a quiet day at HMC Dockyard, as the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 flotilla rests in port for the weekend. All crammed together at Jetty November Bravo, the ships form a solid looking mass.


From the left TCG Kemalreis F-247 Anzac* class (Turkish), USS Anzio CG-66 (tan mast) and Leyte Gulf  CG-55, Ticonderoga class, on the south side of the pier. On the north side the massive USNS Medgar Evers T-AKE 13 Lewis and Clarke class, dwarfing FGS Niedersachsen F-208  Bremen class.
* [Kemalries shares the MEKO-200 platform with the ANZAC's, but it would probably be a stretch to say they are the same class. Portuguese run the MEKO-200s, as well as a few others, but the equipment fits are all different, and I'm not certain the ANZACs were even the first to hit the water.]

HMCS Regina was a member of the group but peeled off and headed for the Panama Canal on her way home to Esquimalt.

The ships are due to sail Tuesday morning for exercises, starting at 0900 on half hour intervals. Medgar Evers will move to Imperial Oil at 1100 and spend the day taking on fuel.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rare success for CCG surplus

The Canadian government's abysmal record in selling off its older ships (which I have ranted about before) rarely results in any useful occupation for the vessels. Left to moulder, often for several years, before they are listed for sale, they are then subjected to several "re-offerings" at lower and lower reserved prices until someone finally bites.

CGS Louisbourg soon after delivery to the Department of Fisheries in 1977, tied up at Queen's Wharf in Halifax.

CCGS Louisborg is such an example, now being offered for the fifth time by my account. Built in 1977 it was removed from service in October 2012. Sometime in 2013 it was turned over for sale. (This is fairly rapid by usual standards). In December 2013 it was first listed for sale with a minimum price of $385,000. By this time everyone knows that the government will eventually settle for far less, so it was that the minimum bid was reduced at successive sales to $300,000, $285,000, $250,000 and now with no minimum (closing August 11.) How low can you go?

By the time the ships are sold they are usually good for scrap only, but there is some hope for Louisbourg, which has an aluminum hull.

A rare success story is the former CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert. A fine icebreaker, built by Davie Shipbuilding in Lauzon in 1959, it received a major refit in 1984-85 when it had a new bow built at Halifax Shipyard. Removed from service in 2001 the ship was renamed 2001-06 for sale. It was briefly renamed Gilbert I for new owners, but in July 2002 it became Polar Prince and became Canada's only commercial icebreaker for hire. (There are other ships classed as Icebreakers, but they are cargo carriers)
Although it has had a succession of owners since, it is still in service. It has spent this past winter in Lunenburg, but now appears to be readying for some sort of mission.

Polar Prince at the railway pier in Lunenburg this morning. Note the crewman atop the helicopter hangar.

Here are some informative links:
http://www.polarprince.com/
http://www.polarprince.com/icebreakers.php
http://www.atlantic-marine.co.uk/pdf/PolarPrince.pdf
http://shipfax.blogspot.ca/2010/06/polar-prince-calls-again-under-new-name.html


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Bahri Jeddah - still looks new

The Saudi ConRo Bahri Jeddah visited Halifax again on Friday. Delivered in January, she made her first call here in April: http://shipfax.blogspot.ca/2014/04/bahri-jeddah.html but she still looks brand new.


As usual her upper deck carries cars out in the open, while her lower RoRo decks carry vehicles and other cargo in sheltered conditions. The ship carries containers forward and has cranes if needed. While in Halifax a shore crane is used to handle the boxes.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Algoma Hansa - rare Canadian visit - NO MORE

(JULY 31 - SEE UPDATE BELOW)
Although Canadian owned, the tanker Algoma Hansa rarely visits Canadian waters. It loomed in out of the fog today and tied up at pier 34, the normal roost of fleetmate Algoma Dartmouth (which shoved along to pier 33 to make room).
Soon several no-name tank trucks arrived alongside, and appeared to be pumping out slops when I caught up with it late this afternoon.


Built in 1998 by Alabama Shipyard in Mobile as Amelienborg it operated for Dannebrog Rederi of Denmark until 2006 when Algoma purchased it and sister Aggersborg. The latter ship was refitted in Halifax and modified for St.Lawrence Seaway service.It was registered in Canada as Algosea and operates for Algoma's domestic tanker fleet.
Amelienborg went into operation for Algoma Tankers International Inc, as the first ship in a new operation,  Hanseatic Pool, jointly formed by Algoma and several European operators. Following difficulties with Chinese shipbuilders*, that pool was wound up and Algoma Hansa, as it became in 2008, joined the Navi8 pool. It now operates within the Navig8 Brizo8 sub-pool. Management is entrusted to Bernard Schulte Ship Management out of Limassol, Cyprus (one of the other  original partners in the Hanseatic pool), and it flies the Bahamas flag. Tonnages are 11,290 grt, 16,775 dwt with phenolic coated tanks.
In 2013, during a regular drydocking, the ship was modified for Seaway service. The work included trimming back its bridge wings and in July 2013 it made its first trip into the Great Lakes.
As Algoma's only non-Canadian tanker (it has several non-Canadian flag deep sea bulk carriers) there has always been speculation about if and when the ship would be "patriated" to Canada. Because it was built in the US it is also presumably Jones Act eligible if it operated for US owners.
There is no sign of it changing flag at this point.

For some background on that situation see:
http://shipfax.blogspot.ca/2012/12/sloman-hera-algoma-says-not-better-late.html
http://shipfax.blogspot.ca/2013/05/algoma-tankers-internaitonal-update.html


Update: The ship was registered in Halifax July 31, so is now Canadian. We would expect to see a lot more it now!
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