Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ships named for people

Two ships named for people arrived in Halifax today. Most ocean going ships are not named for people (with the exception of some well known passenger ships) so it is is always interesting to find out who the people were.


First arriving was Akadenik Ioffe one of two Russian oceanographic/passenger ships operated by One Ocean Expeditions for arctic expedition cruises in Canada this summer. Akademik Ioffe was built in 1985 by Hollming in Rauma, Finland and is owned an operated by the Shirshov Institute. It carries 96 passengers, 65 crew and 10 Zodiacs, and is fitted with stabilizers. Its four northern cruises this summer out of Iqaluit and Resolute will cover much of the eastern arctic and end in Greenland. For this the ship received a coasting license as did sister Akademik Sergey Vavilov which will conduct similar cruises.

 Akademik Ioffe at pier 27 - not a usual pier for cruise ships- taking on stores. The shadow from the grain gallery at pier 28 falls across its bridge.

Akademik Ioffe is named for a leading Physicist of the Soviet era, Abram Fedorovich Ioffe (1880-1960) , a student of Roentgen (credited with development of  the X-ray)  and an early developer of the basis of radar. His many other achievement lead to Lenin and Stalin medals, but his Jewish ancestry (he converted to Lutheranism as an adult ) lead to a demotion. Nevertheless he is well remembered as a pioneer in many areas of physics.

The is not listed in the Port of Halifax cruise ships statistics because it is one a positioning voyage, and is here for stores. Its first of four cruises in the Canadian arctic depart from Iqaluit July 25.

The second caller named for a person is a more familiar visitor to Halifax. Radcliffe R. Latimer  is here to load gypsum, but must wait at anchor until the CSL Tacoma finishes loading tonight.
The ship was built in 1978 by Collingwood Shipayrd as Algobay a "Nova Scotia class" self-unloading bulk carrier. Built to maximum allowable St. Lawrence Seaway size, it was also designed to make Atlantic coastal voyages.  In 1990 it was reflagged Liberian and chartered to Atlantic Beltships, then  after a 1994-1997 charter to CSL as Atlantic Trader under Liberian flag, it returned to Canada and resumed services as Algobay until 2002 when it was laid up in Toronto.


In early 2008 it underwent extensive strengthening and was towed to China where an entire new forebody (to revised and larger Seaway dimensions), engines and generators were installed. It returned to Canada in time for the 2010 season.

In 2012 the ship was renamed Radcliffe R. Latimer in honour of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algoma Central Corp. Mr. Latimer retired in 2010 after a distinguished business career with, among others CN Rail, Trans Canada Pipeline, and Prudential Assurance. He lead the growth of Algoma Central Marine to the largest Canadian Great Lakes shipping company, it diversification into tankers and its fleet renewal program has seen many new ships added to the fleet. Born in 1933 in Florance, ON he now resides in Toronto.     

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New for Nirint

Another "new to Nirint" ship arrived last night with a load of nickel and sailed late this afternoon. The ship is Atlantic Patriot, an sister ship to Atlantic Pioneer and Atlantic Progress that have called here before under several different names.


This is the first time for Atlantic Patriot under its present name or any of its four previous names.
It was built in 2003 by New Century Shipbuilding Co in Jinjiang, China and is a multi-purpose type with removable tween decks and a pair of 45 tonne cranes. It has a container capacity of 1118 TEU and measures 12,993 grt, 17,471 dwt.

It was originally named Atlantic Progress and has been renamed to suit various charterers ever since. In 2003 it became  BBC Russia, in 2008 Federal Patriot, in 2010  HAL Patriot and took its present name in 2013. It has remained under the ownership of Intership Navigation and is registered in Limassol, Cyprus.
There was dense fog when the ship sailed, so no underway photo was possible, but there are photos of its sister ship in previous posts:

http://shipfax.blogspot.ca/2015/11/bumper-to-bumper-at-piers-27-and-28-and.html

http://shipfax.blogspot.ca/2016/10/weekend-catch-up.html

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Four down - one to go

As I was taking a photo of ACL's G4 ship Atlantic Sail leaving Halifax yesterday, another event was unfolding on the other side of the Atlantic. The G3 ACL ship Atlantic Cartier was sailing from Hamburg bound for Alang, India. It has a date with the scrappers on August 18.

That leaves only one G3 ACL ship still in service, Atlantic Conveyor, which left Liverpool on the same day July 16,  and is due in Halifax July 24 on the westbound leg of what is likely to be its last trip.

The five third generation ships, regular callers in Halifax for thirty years, have almost become part of the landscape. (That is why one of them has been featured on the masthead of this blog).


Atlantic Cartier - named from the French explorer out of Saint Malo, who first visited what is now Canada, in 1535- was aptly named by its original owners Cie Generale Transatlantique when it was built in 1985 by Chantier du Nord et de la Mediterranée in Dunkerque. It has soldiered on through lengthening and various incidents including a serious fire, and the evolution of the original ACL owners to today's Grimaldi Group. It was due to be replaced a year ago, so has certainly been on borrowed time.

 
Among the ship's more memorable calls in Halifax was in April 1987 when it steamed out through drift ice, without the assistance of CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, which has standing by just in case.

 Its last call in Halifax was June 30 - July 1, 2017.



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Roll ons

Cargo with wheels keeps rolling in and out of Halifax. Arriving for Autoport Dalian Highway is one of a few PCTCs (Pure Car and Truck Carriers) built in China. It came from the Nantong COSCO KHI in 2011 and measures 58,535 grt, 21,616 dwt and sails for K-Line's huge fleet of car carriers.


 A thick bank of fog lies offshore as Dalian Highway works its way into port.


Arriving early this morning and sailing mid-afternoon, Atlantic Sail is a combination of Roll On-Roll Off and container ship entered service in 2016 and is the second of five ships of its type The the fifth, Atlantic Sun is reported to be in Dunkerque, France in drydock before entering service.

Atlantic Sail was built by Hudong-Zhonghua in Shanghai and measures 100,430 grt, 55,631 dwt.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday and Saturday Round Up

A fist time caller Friday was Glen Canyon Bridge another of the many K-Line ships we are seeing now with the new service THE Alliance that has replaced the G6 Alliance. Although HAPAG-Lloyd is a primary partner in the service, their ships are not included in the various strings that call here.

Three cranes work the ship Friday evening.

Glen Canyon Bridge is a 2006 Hyundai Ulsan built ship of 68,570 grt, 71,291 dwt with a capacity of 5624 TE (including 600 reefers).

Today's arrival at Fairview Cove is Berlin Bridge another K-Line ship on THE Alliance service, this one on the AL6, Transatlantic run.

 
Only one crane in operation to work the smaller, more lightly loaded ship.

The Hong Kong flag ship is owned by Seaspan International and chartered to K-Line. It was built in 2011 by Samsung, Koje and measures 46,444 grt, 58,200 dwt, and carries 4526 TEU.

Today at the other end of the port CMA CGM brought in another first time caller, CMA CGM Pelleas on its Columbus loop. The ship dates from 2008 when it was built by Hyundai, Ulsan. At 111,249 grt, 120,854 dwt it has a capacity of 9658 TEU including 700 reefers.

Two tugs alongside are in position to turn the ship to tie up at Halterm, starboard side to.
 
Although a few hundred boxes short of the 10,000 TEU figure, it is still a large ship. It is owned by the Claus Peter Ofen group of Germany and was renamed Pelleas between 2010 and 2014 only, as it served some other service than CMA CGM.

After the July 1 - July 4 United States Navy presence of an aircraft carrier and three accompanying vessels, this week there was a lone USN ship. Arriving Thursday USS  Jason Dunham sailed this afternoon.


An Arleigh Burke class ship it is designated DDG-109 and is homeported in Norfolk, VA.

Halifax is a way point and a destination for all sorts of pleasure craft, from small sailing vessels to large super yachts. The latter usually attract considerable attention (and speculation about the owner). Today's arrival Sycara V registered in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, is certainly a super yacht. Built in 2010 by Nobiskrug in Germany, the 1566 grt vessel can accommodate 14 (not including crew) and is equipped with all imaginable amenities.



Sycara V has been for sale for some time with a sale price originally quoted in the euro 75 mn range, but now reduced to Euro 62.5mn (around $US 71.6mn). If that is too rich for your blood you can charter it for $US 671,000 per week. 

Tied up at Salter's wharf, boardwalkers were able to get a close up look.

Roll Out continued...
Following today's restricted open house in which hundreds visited Halifax Shipyard ( and tying up traffic for a mile) workers rolled out mega-block #3 of the future HMCS Harry De Wolf. By late afternoon they had it aligned with mega-block #2.





 
 
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Roll Out

Today was Roll Out Day at Halifax Shipyard. Crews moved mega-block #2 of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Harry De Wolf from the Assembly Hall to the hardstand at pier 7, where it will be joined to the other two mega-blocks.

Mega-block #2 on dollies, during final positioning.

Mega-block #2 is the midships portion of the ship and includes the engines and the bridge structure.
Mega-block #1, which is the aft section is likely to be rolled out tomorrow. Mega Block #3, the bow section, is still being assembled and will follow.

The structure to the left of the ships (which includes an elevator) allows workers access to the various levels of the ship. The white tower on the far left is the base for a crane.
Workers are in the process of lowering the dollies.

A rare glimpse inside the main assembly hall with mega-block # 3 on the right.
 
Each mega-block consists of a number of large blocks (nine in mega-block #2). These 21 blocks were assembled from 63 smaller blocks which were built up progressively and moved along in assembly line fashion until roll out.

With the high level of work completed in the blocks the ship is said to be 60% complete.  Once the three Mega-blocks are joined and the internal structural connections are made, the ship will be ready to launch in 2018. Launch will be by means of a floating drydock, which is currently under construction off-site.

Final fitting out will be done once the ship is afloat at pier 6, alongside the shipyard.

There will be a restricted open house at the shipyard tomorrow, Saturday, July 15. An invitation process on line was necessary to get a pass for the event. Guest will not be allowed to carry cameras or have any form of back back, fanny pack, computer, and must wear safe footwear, among other requirements.

 By mid-evening the multi-wheeled dollies have been removed and the blue cradles are bearing on the ground.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

All new to us

Four ships, all new to Halifax, put in appearances today.

BBC Nevada arrived in the early hours of the morning at pier 31, and by the time I caught up with it, it had apparently completed its cargo work - possibly loading a heavy lift.
Built in 2006 by Qingsham, Wuhan as Jasper it was quickly renamed Belgua Federation, but equally quickly became Jasper again in the same year. Due to financial irregularities, Beluga shipping failed and its fleet was redistributed. In 2011 the ship was renamed Frida Scan and in 2013 Thorco Diva. Then in 2015 it became BBC Nevadas as it moved into another charter, altough still managed by Thorco Shipping.
 Late this afternoon the ship's cranes are re-loading the tween decks hatch covers.

Sailing this evening, the ship even has a few containers on deck.

It is a typical Beluga F class multi-purpose heavy lift ship with a pair of 120 tonne cranes (combinable for 240 tonne lifts) and removable tween decks and box shaped holds. Tonnages are 9611 grt, 12,737 dwt.


The product tanker Cape Bradley arrived at Imperial Oil after a week at anchor outside.


Built in 2004 as J.Shartava by Hyundai Mipo, UIlsan, the ship was renamed in 2005 and is owned by Cape Parry Shipping Co Ltd, and managed by Columbia Ship Management. It operates in the United Product Tanker (UPT) pool. At 25,108 grt, 40,305 dwt it is a mid-size vessel of the Mid-Range (MR) type.


THE Alliance brought in YM Modesty on its EC5 service. The ship is a 6258 TEU vessel of 71,821 grt, 72,730 dwt. Although sailing for Yang Ming it is owned by Ben More Shipping Inc, an affiliate of Zodiac Marine of London, on long term charter.

ZIM continues to up the ante with ever larger ships. Today's arrival  ZIM Ningbo is 91,158 grt, 108,427 dwt with a capacity of 8440 TEU (including 700 reefers).  It was built by Hyundai Samho, and is chartered to ZIM by Flamingo Navigation (NSC Shipping).

 
It needed the large cranes at Halterm, so berthed at pier 41, causing Oceanex Sanderling to anchor for the night.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A bridge over troubled waters

The new pedestrian floating sidewalk, the "Sea Bridge" has finally opened. Spanning between the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Cable Wharf, it allows pedestrians to avoid the big hole at Queen's Wharf that has closed the regular sidewalk on one side of Water Street. That closure has also narrowed the already busy street, creating major traffic jams and forcing pedestrians to cross the street.







From the end of the Maritime Museum wharf, right under the bow of Acadia, the floating sidewalk runs to the Cable Wharf. A Harbour Hopper swings in close to give everyone a closeup.



All this has been brought about by construction of the Queen's Marque a mixed use project that will dominate this part of the waterfront when it opens in a few years.


The new walkway offers a slightly different experience, and if today's foot traffic is any indication, it will be quite popular. Right now it is open in day time only, but when the lighting is installed it will be open until 11 at night. Depending on the wind speed and sea conditions it may be closed from time to time for safety, and it will be towed away into winter storage in the autumn.




The "Sea Bridge" offers some interesting views of the Museum complex and the construction activity.








The excavation in the foreground is for the Queen's Marque project. It is now below sea level and has been dammed off with sheet piles. Workers are in the process of driving deep piles. The white tarp in the background covers stone restoration work on the Dominion Federal Building. A Halifax landmark it once dominated the waterfront, and from its spire provided a commanding view of the harbour. From his post there H.B.Jefferson took the collection of World War II photos displayed on the Public Archives of Nova Scotia web site: https://novascotia.ca/archives/eastcoastport/results.asp?Search=ch3&Language=English#results


As for our own views, the "Sea Bridge" gives us a close up view of the World War I and II veteran Acadia with HMCS (ret'd) Sackville of World War II as a backdrop.




The "Sea Bridge" may be in place for up to three years until Queen's Marque is completed.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Latest merger - WHERE WILL IT END

The latest mega deal in the container shipping business is another stunner.

The Chinese state shipping company COSCO Shipping Holdings Co Ltd  has bid $6.3 bn to acquire OOIL (Orient Overseas International Ltd) owners of OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Line). 70% controlled by the Tung family, OOCL was a leader in many areas of the industry but a relatively small player compared to the giants. However its acquisition by COSCO vaults COSCO into third largest line after Maersk and MSC and ahead of CMA CGM.

The last (ever?) OOCL ship to call in Halifax, OOCL Kuala Lumpur was winding up the old G6 Alliance service. OOCL was not included in a new group called THE Alliance.

But it is not over yet! A 24% owner of CMA CGM, the Yildrim family, is tendering its shares (through a Chinese bank) and it is expected that COSCO will snap them up. Should that be the case they will become the world's second largest container line.  There is speculation by the experts that indeed COSCO's goal is to take over top spot from Maersk.

Paying a bewildering 31.1% over market value of OOCL shows that COSCO is not playing on the same playing field as private industry. Surely someone has to put a halt to this.


OOCL to be part of COSCO 

CMA CGM, (including APL) soon to be part of COSCO

Maersk then to be  #2 ?



Lets hope the various national regulators have the guts that tiny South Africa did recently when it condemned the much less contentious Japanese K-Line, MOL, NYK alliance. That Alliance will not be able to call in South Africa as a result, even though other nations' regulators approved or turned a blind eye to it.

Regulators should find a way to put a halt to either the OOCL buy or the CMA CGM buy. As it is now there is barely enough competition (even though with historically low rates, lines are still competing, but hurting in the process). 

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday over niters

The HAPAG-Lloyd  cruise ship Europa arrived early this evening (earlier than I expected it - so no photo of this arrival) and will stay in port over night. The H-L cruise ships of this name (I have seen three so far) tend to do things a bit differently and have often stayed over night, and for a few years were the last of the cruise ships for the season.

The first Europa that I remember was the former Swedish-America Line's  Kungsholm - a transatlantic liner, that became a cruise ship for HAPG-Lloyd in 1966. It used to call in Halifax in its liner days, and was, in my mind at least, one of the most beautiful ships ever built. Even the H-L funnel marks did not detract from its graceful line and superb proportions.


Built in 1953 by Royal Schelde in Flushing (De Schelde Koninklijke Maatschappij, Vlissingen) Netherlands It made its first crossing from Gothenburg to New York in November 1953. HAPAG acquired it in 1965 and it made its first voyage as Europa in January 1966 sailing to New York. In 1981 it was sold to Costa Line and renamed Costa C.   On July 29,1984 it struck a breakwater at Cadiz, sank and was declared a constructive total loss, and was broken up in Barcelona the next year.

For some more on this ships see Shipfax October 14, 2015

The second Europa, also a fine looking ship in its own way came from the Bremer Vulkan yard in Vegesack in 1981. It was a Halifax caller in its prime until sold in 1999 to make way for the current Europa.



After it sale the ship has changed hands several times and has been extensively rebuilt twice. After five renamings, it is still sailing as  Saga Sapphire and called in Halifax in 2015. Again see Shipfax October 14, 2015 for more on this ships.

The present Europa dates from 1999 and has received many accolades from the cruise industry for the high level of service. I think its lines would have been improved without the inexplicable "blank spots" in its superstructure amidships.


Built by Kvaerner Masa in Helsinki it carries a maximum of only 408 passengers in 204 suites and has a crew of 275 to cater to the needs of its guests. It proved so popular that HAPG built another similar, but larger ship and named it Europa 2. It has yet to put in an appearance in Halifax.


On a more mundane level, another ship full of Germans also arrived today. The autocarrier Athens Highway is bringing another load of German cars to Autoport. It will spend the night offloading into a nearly empty staging area. Autoport has apparently caught up with its back log, so will be processing this shipment quickly.

As the Athens Highway sails along past Ives Point a lone boater in a small inflatable strikes out from the cove.  

The ship has rounded Ives Knoll, with tug assistance, heading for Eastern Passage on a bright and hot summer day.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday ins and outs

Fog early meant no photo of CMA CGM Otello on the Columbus JAX serice. The 8488 TEU ship is similar to several other CMA CGM fleet mates that have called here before, but it is the first time for this ship.

There was better luck later in the day and in the early evening as the fog had disappeared (at least for now). Budapest Bridge arrived for THE Alliance AL6 transatlantic service. It is a sister ship to the other ships on the service, and is owned by Seaspan and on long term charter to K-Line.

 Budapest Express crosses the ferry track with the tug Atlantic Oak taking the tethered escort position aft.

Built in 2011 by Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries Co Ltd in Koje, South Korea, it has a 4526 TEU capacity on 46,444 grt, 58,200 dwt.

After it entered Bedford Basin it waited off Fairview Cove as NYU Atlas sailed. It is servicing THE Alliance also but on the long haul run which is heavily populated with NYK Line ships.


 NYK Atlas is trimmed down by the stern - perhaps to reduce air draft - as it transits the Narrows.

This one was built by IHI Marine in Kure, Japan in 2004 and measures 75,484 grt, 81,171 dwt with a capacity of 6492 TEU including 450 reefers.

Meanwhile alongside pier 9b the tanker Torm Atlantic is ballasted down by the bow for prop repairs.

Evidence of hasty renamings on the stern where the original name and port of registry (Majuro) in welded letters are still in place.  Although the ship has the Torm funnel mark it does not (yet) have the orange superstructure of typical Torm tankers.

A Medium Range tanker of 30,221 grt, 49,999 dwt, it was built in 2010 by Guangzhou International in China as Giacinta. In 2015 it very briefly carried the name Maersk Malta, before assuming its current name later in the same year. The ship arrived at Imperial Oil July 4 from Montreal. If it unloaded cargo it may be one of the unnamed ships chartered by Algoma and given temporary coasting licenses to carry Esso products.
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Queen Mary 2 night visit

The Queen Mary 2 made a very brief visit to Halifax in the wee hours of this morning. A passenger was suffering from respiratory problems and had to be landed for treatment. The nature of the ailment precluded the use of a helicopter (thick fog probably didn't help either).
The ship took a pilot as usual and entered the inner harbour, and as soon as the passenger had been disembarked the Queen got underway again and returned to sea.
The ocean liner (as opposed to a cruise ship) then resumed its transatlantic voyage from New York to Southampton.
The Queen Mary 2 has made two scheduled visits to Halifax this year and is due again on August 10 and October 4.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Now Showing






Although I am in my sixth decade of marine photography, my current show at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia is entitled Four Decades of Marine Photography. That is because I have selected images only from the 1960s to 1990s.


They are all in black and white and were taken in Quebec and Nova Scotia (with one from New Brunswick) and show a wide range of shipping related subjects from my large archive.


On Saturday, July 8, there will be an opening reception from 1300 to 1600 in the Chase Gallery at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 6016 University Avenue, corner of Robie Street.


The exhibit runs until July 26. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday 0830 -1630, Wednesdays until 2100 hrs.


All photos are professionally printed on archival water colour paper, with acid free matte and framed behind glass and are for sale. Prices range from $125 to $150.


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dartmouth III heading west

The oldest of the Halifax harbour ferries has been sold and will be heading to Toronto to work for the Toronto Island Transit Service Inc. Dartmouth III dates from 1979 when it was built by Ferguson Industries in Pictou, NS (Hull No. 205). It arrived in Halifax on May 3, 1979 but did not enter service until September 10, 1979. That was the day that it and its sister Halifax III (Ferguson Hull No. 206)
replaced the 1956 era wooden ferries Dartmouth II and Halifax II. Your faithful reporter made a one way cruise on each during his noon time lunch hour on that day.

At that time the ferry service was operated by the then City of Dartmouth, and so it was that Dartmouth III was christened by Genevieve Brownlow the wife of Dartmouth mayor Daniel Brownlow on Sunday, September 9. There was an open house and trial cruise in the harbour.

The two boats were state of the art vessels, propelled by Voith-Schneider cycloidal drives and were especially configured for the new ferry terminals in Halifax and Dartmouth, with offset wheelhouse and side loading ramps.

Cycloidal drives are rarely visible, and difficult to explain. The vertical vanes rotate on a turnatable. The captain adjusts the pitch of the vanes to go forward or in reverse or in fact any direction, including sideways.
 
The Cities of Halifax and Dartmouth and Halifax County formed Metro Transit in 1981 to operate the area's bus services, but it was not until 1994 that the commission took over the ferry service. In 1996 when the three municipalities joined to form the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), the new body operated the transit services directly but it was still called Metro Transit. In 2014 it was rebranded Halifax Transit and the HRM was re-branded Halifax (minus the cross bars on the As).
[Despite all this the areas of Halifax and Dartmouth are still used in common parlance and in postal addresses, and in this blog.]

 Dartmouth III dressed all over and with a large load of passengers during Tall Ships 2009.

Dartmouth III was removed from service in 2016 after new ferries came into service and it laid up over the last winter at the former Coast Guard base in Dartmouth.  On June 5 it was towed out to Sambro by Halifax Tugger and Capt. Jim and hauled out on the slip at the Canadian Maritime Engineering shipyard.


On the slip at Sambro Head
It will be interesting to see how the Dartmouth III will get to Toronto. It might be possible to sail on its own hull, but at 8 knots and no sleeping accommodation it would make a long trip of many short hops.
It seems an unlikely candidate for a tow since it relies on its propulsion system to stay on track. Perhaps on a barge?
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Polar Prince, other royalty and...

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, a 150 day Coast to Coast to Coast expedition, called Canada C3, will bring together scientists, educators, students and others to see and explore Canada as few others can, aboard the icebreaker Polar Prince

 Polar Prince disembarks some RHIBS as it approaches the lower harbour.

Organized in 15 legs, the ship will sail from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage.
The expedition has its own web site at: https://canadac3.ca/en/homepage/

The ship Polar Prince is no stranger to Halifax and Nova Scotia since it has spent several winters in Lunenburg. However it does go back further than that.
Built in 1959 by Davie Shipbuilding Ltd, Lauzon, QC the ship was named Sir Humphrey Gilbert and was stationed in Newfoundland.


In 1983 it arrived in Halifax where it underwent a major reconstruction, that included a new icebreaking bow. The old bow was broken up in Dartmouth.


Its derrick system was also reconfigured. Changing from the traditional derrick mounted on the house, with control room under the bridge, it received a new goal post type structure mounted at the break of the forecastle with the derrick house on the forepeak. It retained its old mast, less the boom. The refit was completed in early 1985 and it returned to Newfoundland. It was back in Halifax again in 1996 for a refit.

It was decommissioned then in November 2001renamed 2001-06 . It was sold to Gilbert Enterprises of Clarenville, NL and renamed Gilbert I, then in July 2002 to Norcon Marine Services in Glovertown, NL and renamed Polar Prince. Since then it has been owned by Deep Ocean Research Ltd of St.John's and current owner GX Technology Canada Ltd of Calgary. During that time it has been Canada's only commercial icebreaker (there are several icebreaker class commercial cargo ships, and a number of government icebreakers) and was last in Halifax in 2010.



It received another major modernization in 2009. For the Canada C3 expedition, it has received a new paint scheme that includes the Canadian flag.

There was other royalty in port too, as Queen Mary 2 made another visit.


Trying to get a view of the ship from a different angle this time, I managed a "going away" shot from Herring Cove.

 Yang Ming Line's YM Evolution is a regular now on the AL1 service of THE Alliance. HAPAG-Lloyd, a partner in the service seems to have no ships in this particular loop - it is all Yang Ming.


YM Evolution's bow dips slightly as she works into the swell off Herring Cove outbound for sea.

One of five sister ships, it was built by the China Shipbuilding Corp in Kaoshiung in 2014 and carries 4662 TEU on 47,952 grt, 57,320 dwt. It is registered in Taiwan.

This morning's arrival for Tropical Shipping was AHS Hamburg, one of two ships to service the line from Halifax. By late morning however its name disappeared from the bow ...


... and this afternoon was replaced by the name Bomar Rebecca.


At the same time the ship's registry was changed from Antigua and Barbuda to Liberia. When it sailed it still had the Carsten Rehder funnel marking, but this seems likely to change at its next port of call, which is to be West Palm Beach. The new name suggests that the ship has been acquired by Boreal Maritime of London, and will  be under the management of Bernhard Schulte. It is too early to tell if the ship will remain on the Tropical Shipping run.


The ship was built in 2008 by Jingling Shipyard in Nanjing as Pacific Hawk. It was renamed AHS Hamburg in 2012. The 9957 grt, 13,760 dwt ship carries two 45 tonne cranes and has a capacity of 1118 TEU.
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