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

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.

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.