Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What will happen to the Sir Robert Bond...I wonder

My trip back home this pass week, I couldn't help but notice the Bond tied up in Lewisporte and wonder what will happen to her.
Other then shifting berths so the Astron can load, she hasn't moved. She is tied up on the opposite side of the dock just waiting and it makes me wonder what will happen. She has been a fixture in Lewisporte since the William Carson sank in 1977. The ship did her job well, running from Lewisporte to Cartwright and Goose Bay carrying passengers and freight. There is a family connection for me to the Bond, both my father and father-in-law both worked on her. I have heard rumors about her, but nothing for sure, other then I hope she doesn't go for scrap. at almost 40 years old she still looks good and I think she has a few more years left yet.

Freight moving from Lewisporte

The coastal cargo ship Astron shown departing Lewisporte July 26, 2014 bound for northern Labrador coast. Supplies are arriving on the coast now with the Astron, and the Northern Ranger, both have been delayed due to various issues.
The Astron is a veteran on the coast having been built in 1971, measures 82 meters, and is 1,746 gross tons

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another interesting arrival

Today's arrival was the Boa Galatea. Owned by the Boa Group. The Boa Galatea and her sister the Boa Thalassa which visited in Aug 2010 are the world's first purpose built electromagnetic seabed logging vessel. This type of vessel uses electromagnetic pulses to paint a more accurate picture of what lies below, unlike sound the energy is reflected at different rates from different materials, allowing EMGS to measure the rate and identify the material.

The Ship is 80 meters long, it measures 3800 gross tons.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Today's Arrivals

The Atlantic Explorer, a research survey vessel arrived in this morning. The built in 1987, measures 91.3 meters, has a gross tonnage of 4,639 and flies the Bahamas flag.

The other new arrival was the Skandi Inspector is a diving support vessel built in 1979 and converted in 1999, it measures 80.8 meters and dead weight tonnage of 2355. According to the Canadian Transportation Agency website the ship will be used to do a survey of the FPSO at the White rose oil field off the coast of Newfoundland.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

First visit for ...Palembang

The Palembang arrived in St. John's July 17, 2014 her first visit to my knowledge. The ship was built in 2010, it flies the Antigua flag and measures 134 meters. The ship is here boing some work on the oil fields off Newfoundland.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Coast Guard Traffic

The Coast Guard Base in St. John's had a bit of traffic on Sunday July 13, 2014. The Earl Grey, the newly commissioned G. Peddle SC and Vladykov were in, along with the Ann Harvey and Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

The Earl Grey normally based out of Dartmouth, has been here for the past number of weeks, the Peddle just recently returned from patrol, and Vladykov had just recently returned to port as well.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Astron Departs

The coastal freighter Astron has since departed Lewisporte and headed for northern Labrador, repairs to her crane has been completed.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Labrador Service at a Standstill

The coastal freight Astron along with the Northern Ranger as shown in Lewisporte. The Astron is undergoing repairs to her crane, the vessel had a technical malfunction and had to return to port without having unloaded cargo. The Northern Ranger is still undergoing preparations for service, according to reports she is waited for lifeboats

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another supply ship arrival

One of todays arrivals was the anchor handling vessel Atlantic Osprey. The ship built in 2003 is 80 meters long and services the Whiterose Field

Monday, July 7, 2014

Shifting berths

A bit of activity today in the harbour, the tugs Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Hemlock moved to the upper harbor. The Venture Sea moved out to let the big anchor handler Havila Venus move to a different berth to make room for the cruise ship Astor which is arriving early, due to a medical emergency which was reported by the telegram.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tugs Busy

There has been a bit of tug traffic in St. John's as of late, a bit unusual. The Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Hemlock have been in St. John's for the past week and a half working around the barge MM Newfoundland. The tug Ocean Stevns has been in a while too tied up next to the barges. The tug Ocean Ross Gaudrault has visited, and I think the vessel is in Bay Bulls today. All this tug and barge activity I think is all part of Bull Arm and the moving of the gravity base structure from dry-dock to deep water.

July 5, 2014 Report

Saturday July 5, 2014 was a busy day especially early morning. First the Pourquoi Pas? departed and headed to Horta in the Azores. The ship is research vessel built in 2005 and is 108 meters. The supply vessel Maersk Dispatcher arrived after that and tied up at the supply base. The Liberia flagged De Zhou was the next vessel to move, built in 2007 and measured 89 meters long departed and headed to Willemstad in the Caribbean sea.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Coast Guard Vessel in port

The new hero class patrol vessel G Peddle is in St. John's. The vessel is named after Canadian Coast Guard second officer Gregory Peddle who lost his life in 1989.
The Peddle is a mid-shore patrol vessel, built in Halifax, the ship is 43 meters, with a displacement of 257 tons and a top speed of 25 knots.

USNS Grapple pays a visit

The rescue and salvage ship in the United States Navy, the Grapple arrived here today. The ship was launched in 1984 and was built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, she measures 255 feet long, 51 feet wide.
In 2006 the Grapple was decommissioned from the US navy service and converted to civilian operation by Military Sealift Command, she was resdesignated USNS Grapple

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A couple of tanker visits for Canada Day

The Sarah Desgagnes arrived this morning and tied up ahead of the former Cabot, also arriving was the tanker Dorsch tieing up at Irving

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.