Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Maersk Dispatcher and Maersk Detector returns to St. John's

Two familiar supply vessels have returned to St. John's, the Maersk Dispatcher and Maersk Detector, the Dispatcher returning on May 26 and the Detector returning May 27. The Maersk Dispatcher is currently making her second trip to the Whiterose field located 350 KM off the Coast of Newfoundland. The Maersk Detector has not left since her arrival.

These are beautiful ships, the Dispatcher built in 2005, and the Detector built in 2006. Both have gross tonage of 5,470, 89.3 meter's, horsepower of 18,280 and a bollard pull of 219 tons.

The above photos are photos I have on file

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Busy Winter Port

The port of Lewisporte, Newfoundland is pretty busy these days with the ferry Sir Robert Bond and coastal ferry Northern Ranger, the tankers Nanny, Dorsch, Tuvaq and Mokami spending the winter.

Lewisporte was always busy when the ferry service was operated by Marine Atlantic, with chartered coastal freighters, like the Marine Transport, Kloster, Terra Nova, Topsail, and Duke of Topsailand Astron. Then there were the ships owned by Marine Atlantic, like the Taverner, Hopedale, Petite Forte, Marine Packer, Sir Robert Bond, Ambrose Shea, Atlantic Freighter and Northern Ranger..and there were lots of other ships prior to that like the Kyle, Nonia....before my time.

Over the last number of years there are not as many ships operating due to the fact a road is being built, and the handover of the service from Marine Atlantic to the Newfoundland Government in 1998.

In 2011 brings a new ship to this service, the Dutch Runner, with a stern ramp and two cranes, this ship should work well, but only time will tell.

Woodward's Tankers

The Woodward Group's tanker Tuvaq, Nanny and Dorsch shown in Lewisporte, Newfoundland their new winter home. The Woodward Group purchased the Oil wharf and shore operation from Imperial Oil a little over a year ago.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Maersk Norsman shifts berths

The supply vessel Maersk Norseman moves in this photo moves back to the supply base in St. John's April 27, 2011.

The Maersk Norseman built in 1996 at Marystown, Newfoundland has been a common site from time to time on the waterfront as she serves the Hibernia platform 196 miles east southeast of St. John's, along with her sister ship Maersk Nascopie and the Maersk Placentia.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


The tanker Dorach shown in this photo secured in St. John's on April 27, 2011. The Dorsch built in 1980 and is 131 meter's long is owned by Coastal Shipping.

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.