Sunday, January 31, 2010


The LOUIS S ST. LAURENT has arrived in St. John's for fuel and stores before heading to the gulf area

APOLLO has finished operations for season

The Straits ferry APOLLO has finished operation on the ferry run between St. Barbe, Newfoundland and Blanc Sablon, Quebec and will now head to St.John's for a refit. The SIR ROBERT BOND will depart Lewisporte Feb 1, 2010 and head to Blanc Sablon to pick up the run Feb 3, 2010, departing Blanc Sablon 0700hrs for Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
The APOLLO will be back on the service between St. Barb and Blanc Sablon April 1, and the the BOND will head for refit before picking up its normal run between Lewisporte, Cartwright and Goose Bay.

Tugs in lay-up

St. John's this winter is hosting three tugs owned by Northern Transporation LTD. The MICHAEL AMOS, built in 1984 was just bought in 2009 after the vessel towed a barge from Indonesia.
The ALEX GORDON and JIM KILABUK are frequent visitors to St. John's were both built in 1975. The Alex Gordon and Jim Kilabuk made a trip to the South Coast area of Newfoundland in Dec 2009, returned to St. John's and tied up

Friday, January 15, 2010


The patrol vessel LEONARD J. COWLEY shown in this photo departing St. John's March 2009.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The new MAERSK NOMAD shown in this photo secured in St. John's Jan 10, 2010. The Nomad built in 2009 arrived in St. John's Nov 2009 and is currently providing support for the drillship Stena Carron off the South Coast of Newfoundland.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


The icebreaker HENRY LARSEN as shown secured in St. John's, Newfoundland Jan 10, 2010, built in 1987 in Vancouver, BC, she is 328 feet long and 64 feet wide. She is named after Henry Larsen, commander of the RCMP patrol vessel St. Roch, which was the first vessel to traverse the Northwest Passage in a single season.

She spends the winter around Newfoundland escorting various types of ships and in the summer she heads to the Arctic to escort ships supplying the Arctic communities and also perform scientific work.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Year round ferry service for Labrador

The government of Newfoundland has announced a pilot project for this year to provide a year round ferry service across the Strait of Belle Isle.
The service is provided by the APOLLO and this will continue until Jan 31, 2010, depending on ice conditions. The APOLLO built in 1970 has operated on the St. Barbe run since aquired by the Woodward Group.
During the refit of the APOLLO, the ferry service will be provided by the SIR ROBERT BOND, but the BOND will operate twice a week from Corner Brook taking 12 hours one way, where as crossing from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon took 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The Newfoundland Government is investing an extra $1.5 million. Photos shows the APOLLO, earlier posts shows the BOND

Monday, January 4, 2010

Gulf Ferry back to normal

The Marine Atlantic ferries are back on schedule today after wind caused delays for a couple of days.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Atlantic Vision docks

The ATLANTIC VISION was able to dock this afternoon and unload, she is scheduled to depart tonight weather permitting from North Sydney. The CARIBOU remains holding outside Port aux Basques due to high winds.

Gulf Ferry Delayed

Due to high winds in the Gulf, Marine Atlantic ferries the CARIBOU and ATLANTIC VISION are delayed.
The CARIBOU is holding outside Port aux Basques unable to dock due to high winds, the vessel departed North Sydney, Nova Scotia at 1200hrs Jan 2. The ATLANTIC VISION is at the dock in North Sydney, it arrived there at 1700hrs Jan 2, but is unable to offload due to high winds.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

TERRY FOX departs, GRENFELL arrives

The icebreaker TERRY FOX has departed St. John's today Jan 2, 2010 enroute to Sydney, Nova Scotia. Arriving in port today was the SIR WILFRED GRENFELL from Lewisporte located on the Northeast Coast of Newfoundland.

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.