Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Another photo of the GEORGE R. PEARKES arriving in St. John's late summer 2009. Photo shows her in the harbor.


The CCGS GEORGE R. PEARKES shown in the photo arriving St. John's

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Labrador Shipping Season coming to an end

The 2009 shipping season for the Labrador coast is coming to an end for the year with the arrval of the SIR ROBERT BOND in Lewisporte today after her last trip being a full load to Cartwright, Nataushish and Nain. The NORTHERN RANGER is due to arrive in Lewisporte tomorrow (Dec 4, 2009) which will conclude her season,the vessel would have finished earlier but with a lot of freight it was decided to send her back to Northern Labrador ports with another load. The other freight vessel on the run the ASTRON is still on the coast of Labrador but will finish soon and head to St. John's for the winter, after making stops in Cartwright, Black Tickle and Lewisporte.

Monday, November 16, 2009

TUVAQ departed

The tanker TUVAQ has departed St. John's Nov 14, 2009 and has since arrived in Halifax, thanks Mac for fuel and departed for Saint John, New Brunswick

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tankers in for lay-up

A familiar sight to St. John's harbor are the tankers NANNY, TUVAQ and DORSCH. They have arrived for winter lay-up. The TUVAQ arrived Nov 1, the DORSCH Nov 7 and the NANNY Nov 10
The only other tanker yet to arrive is the MOKAMI, which I believe will be arrivng soon.

Friday, October 23, 2009


The TERRY FOX has returned from operations in the Arctic. The photo shows her secured in St. John's

Thursday, October 15, 2009


The CCGS ANN HARVEY shown secured in St. John's Oct 12,2009. The ship was built in 1987 in Halifax, just last week encountered a rogue wave off St. John's injuring two crew members while responding to a report of a disable fishing vessel off St. John's.

Leonard J. Cowley

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship LEONARD J. COWLEY secured in St. John's Oct 12, 2009 undergoing refit.
The Cowley built in 1984 is used mostly for fisheries patrol, she is armed with two 12.7 MM machine guns and carries a stockpile of small arms.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Another cruise ship cancels visit to St. John's

VOCM news just reported that the QUEEN VICTORIA which was scheduled to visit St. John's Oct 7, 2009 has cancelled her visit due to wind conditions, that makes five large cruise ships that were scheduled to visit cancelling.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


VOCM news is reporting that the visit scheduled for Oct 7, 2009 by the EMERALD PRINCESS has been cancelled due to bad weather, but the visit by the QUEEN VICTORIA is is on schedule.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


The Cruise ship SILVER CLOUD as shown arriving St. John's Oct 3, 2009.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


VOCM news reports the cruise ship NORWEGIAN JEWEL's visit to St. John's Sept 26, 2009has been cancelled due to high winds. This makes four visits cancelled so far this year.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MAERSK CHALLENGER returns to St. John's

The MAERSK CHALLENGER returned to St. John's on Sept 5, 2009 after operating in the North Sea. The ship operated out of Aberdeen for a time and also Nigeria

Another cruise ship visit cancelled

VOCM news is once again reporting that the cruise ship CROWN PRINCESS has cancelled its visit to St. John's due to adverse weather conditions, the second cancellation in three days.

Friday, September 18, 2009

AURORA Cancels visit to St. John's

VOCM news reported that the cruise ship AURORA has cancelled its visit today due to adverse marine conditions, this is the second cruise ship to cancel due to weather conditions, the second was the EURODAM


The SALARIUM arrived and departed St. John's Sept 12, 2009, formerly the Nanticoke, the Salarium has taked over from the Sauniere which is currently in Montreal and according to rumors, the ship is going to be scraped

Sunday, September 6, 2009

SALARIUM makes second appearance

The SALARIUM arrived in St. John's for the second time Sept 5, 2009 in the evening to unload salt, and depart early moring hours Sept 6, 2009, wasn't able to get a photo due to late arrival and early departure


The tanker VEGA DESGAGNES arrived in St. John's Sept 5, 2009.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Calvao in port

The Portuguese trawler Calvao visited St. John's Aug 7, 2009. The vessel arrived for fuel and supplies.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


One of the Supply vessel that services the Hibernia Platform, the Maersk Nascopie shown in this photo departing St. John's July 14, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

LOUIS S ST. LAURENT departs St. John's

The CCGS LOUIS S ST. LAURENT departed St. John's July 20, 2009 bound for Resolute, ETA July 29, 2009
This is the first time this ship has left St. John's, (her new home port), bound for the Arctic.
While in the Arctic, she will be doing some mapping of the ocean floor in the Northwest Passage, the continental shelf. Capt. Andrew McNeil says the ship will be collecting bathymetric and seismic data, and will work in the North untail October when it will return to St. John's

Thursday, July 16, 2009

CCGS LOUIS S ST. LAURENT arrives St. John's

The LOUIS S ST. LAURENT arrived St. John's July 14, 2009. The ship has now been assigned to Newfoundland and will be based in St. John's

Thursday, July 9, 2009


The photo showing the HMAS Sydney departing St. John's


The HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS BALLARAT visited St. John's this past week along with the HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC.
This is the first time the Australian Navy visited St. John's,they will travel to 13 countries and 16 ports, St. John's being the first North American port, they departed July 8, 2009 for Halifax and then to New York.

Friday, July 3, 2009


The icebreakers TERRY FOX and HENRY LARSEN have both departed St. John's for the Arctic. The Terry Fox departed June 29, 2009 and the HENRY LARSEN departed July 2, 2009.
Photo show the LARSEN taking on fuel before leaving.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009


The STATE OF MAINE visited St. John's arriving June 12 and departing June 15, 2009. The STATE OF MAINE is used as a training vessel for the Maritime Acadamy and is owned by the US Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. The ship was built in 1990 and is 499.83 feet long. She was used after hurricane Katrina to provide living quarters for oil rig workers who were working to repair damaged rigs.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Weekly Arrival

The OCEANEX AVALON as shown arriving St. John's June 15, 2009, her weekly visit from Montreal.

Monday, June 15, 2009


The Woodward groups new tanker NANNY departed St. John's today June 15, 2009. This is the first time this vessel has left since arriving in Nov 2008.

Rare Visitor

The JUMBO JAVELIN arrivied in St. John's early this morning, a rare visitor for this port, but enjoyable to watch. The ship is here to do some preparation on the cargo that needs to be discharged at the Whiterose Field about 200 miles east of St. John's. Thanks to Sea Bart at shipspotting.com

Thursday, June 11, 2009


The Labrador shipping season gets underway June 12, 2009 with the SIR ROBERT BOND departing Lewisporte June 12, 2009 at 1400hrs, the NORTHERN RANGER departed Lewisporte June 11, 2009 for Black Tickle and Goose Bay and the ASTRON departs Lewisporte AM June 12, 2009 for Rigolet and Goose Bay. The ASTRON was in St. John's harbor doing a compass swing before departing for Lewisporte June 11, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


The Italian flagged research vessel OGS EXPLORA arrives in St. John's June 2, 2009.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Flanders arrives

The Bell Island ferry FLANDERS arrived St. John's early afternoon June 8, 2009 for refit. The FLANDERS was built in 1990 and is the newest vessel in the fleet. While in St. John's she is being replaced by the NONIA.
The other ferry that has been here for over a month, the CAPT. EARL W WINSOR departed St. John's June 5, 2009 to take up service on the Fogo Island ferry run, which was being handled by the NONIA.


The SIR ROBERT BOND has departed St. John's around mid to late afternoon heading for Lewisporte.
The Labrador Ferry Service is scheduled to start June 12, 2009 depending on ice conditions.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Stern photo of the tug NORTHERN TUGGER on dry-dock in St. John's taken June 2, 2009.


The NORTHERN TUGGER shown in this photo on dry-dock. This is a very old tug, being built in 1960 as the NELSON E in Savannah, Georgia, she is currently owned by Midnight Marine. Has a gross tonnage of 213, dfat 4.30 meter's and a horsepower of 2400.


The crude oil tanker KOMETIK shown in this photo anchored in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. This tanker services the oil fields off Newfoundland. Built in 1997, in South Korea is 891 feet, horsepower 25,400, gross tonnage 76,216. The ship is owned by Chevron Canada, and operated by Canship Ugland.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


The SIR ROBERT BOND is currently in St. John's undergoing refit before the start of the shipping season to Labrador. The government just annouced that the start of the ferry service will start June 12, 2009 due to heavy ice conditions off the Labrador Coast,the Bond was scheduled to start June 5, 2009. The Northern Ranger which services ports North to Nain will start June 15, 2009, and the Astron which service ports from Lewisporte to Black Tickle, Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Nataushish and Nain will start June 14, 2009 pending ice conditions.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Northern Ranger on Refit

The NORTHERN RANGER has been in St. John's Since March undergoing refit. The vessel was dry-docked, inspected, painted and some new equipment installed, including new radars. The photo shows her shows her at the dockyard dock undergoing final touches before the start of the Labrador Shipping season begins within a week.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


The cable layer made a stop in St. John's May 29, 2009 to land an injured crewmember. The photo shows her departing around midday.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Siem Mollie arrives

The Norwegian registered supply vessel SIEM MOLLIE arrived in St. John's May 27,2009. Built in 2007 this is a nice looking ship, she is 73.4 meter's long and has a gross tonnage of 2,615.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

German Coast Guard Visits

The Seeadler as shown secured in St. John's May 25, 2009. The vessel commissioned in 2000 arrived in St. John's May 25, 2009.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Miguel Oliver Arrives

The Spanish registered fish protction vessel Miguel Oliver arrived in St. John's on May 24, 2009 and departed May 25, 2009. This is the first visit to St. John's to my knowledge for this vessel.

Monday, May 25, 2009


The Tankers Dorsch and Tuvaq shown secured in St. John's May 25, 2009. They are currently getting ready to service the Arctic as well. they are loaded with fuel, that was off loaded by the tanker Great Swan.

Drydock Report - May 25, 209

The Capt. Earl W Winsor, the Fogo Island ferry ferry is currently on dry-dock undergoing repairs caused by ice and is also being repainted.
The Alex Gordon is also on dry-dock.

Mokami Secured St. John's

The tanker Mokami shown in St. John's May 25, 2009. The tanker is owned by the Woodward Group of Companies. The ship is currently be painted before it starts its service in the Arctic.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sir Robert Bond

The Ferry Sir Robert Bond arriving St. John's in March. The Bond built in 1975 at Port Weller dry-docks in Ontario is in St. John's for refit.

Car capacity - 131
Railcars - 39
passengers 235

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Beaumont Hamel

The ferry Beaumont Hamel shown in this photo arriving St. John's April 22, 2009. The vessel lost power according to CBC News and went agound, she is in for repairs.

Built in 1985 in Marystown
831 GRT
2700 HP

Main operating route, Bell Island to Portugal Cove.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Busy Day with Supply Vessels

Today in St. John's was very busy with supply vessels. The vessels include, the Atlantic Hawk, Maersk Gabarus, Atlantic Kingfisher, Maersk Nascopie, Maersk Chancellor and Trinity Sea. The supply vessels are being used to make crew changes on the oil rigs offshore due to all helicopter flights are still grounded due to the crash last month.


The tanker Dorsch shown in this photo secured in St. John's for the winter


The tanker Tuvaq shown in this photo secured in St. John's with a load of petroeum product.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


The container ship Cabot departing St. John's April 3, 2009 heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia


The Oceanex Avalon shown secured in St. John's April 7, 2009 after arriving from Montreal.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Vessels on Dry-dock

Currently on dry-dock in St. John's

Sir Robert Bond
Northern Ranger

Sir Robert Bond Arrives St. John's

The Labrador Ferry Sir Robert Bond arrived St. John's March 20, 2009 to be placed in dry-dock for refit

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Burin Sea

The Burin Sea shown in this photo is a Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel that is assigned to the Terra Nova Field off Newfoundland.
The Burin Sea is 82 meter's long, 10,000 HP.

Northern Ranger arrives St. John's

The coastal freighter Northern Ranger arrived St. John's March 5, 2009 to be dry-docked for refit.


The conatiner ship Cabot shown tied up in St. John's.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Minerva Vigo

The tanker Minerva Vigo shown in this photo anchored in Conception Bay.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

CCGS Leonard J. Cowley

The CCGS Leonard J. Cowley is a fisheries patrol vessel used to enforce fishing regulations on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland, she was named after Newfoundland Biologist Len Cowley.
Built in 1984 in Vancouver, she is 72 meter's long, has a gross tonnage of 4,272, has a max speed of 14.5 knots.

Polar Prince

The Polar Prince, the former CCGS Sir Humphrey Gilbert shown secured St. John's Nov 2008, another former name was Gilbert 1
Built in 1959 in Lauzon, Quebec.
67.06 Meter's long
2,152 GRT
3820 kw

Another tug for dry-dock

 The Atlantic Cedar shown on dry dock getting a new paint job. The tug is 30.8 meters long, gtoss tonnage 400, and built in 2005.