Saturday, May 26, 2012


This photo snapped on 24 May 2012.Seemed strange to be flying the Union  flag rather than the normal red Duster (Ensign). Then this on Vessel Tracker today :
Stranded ship slated to move to Ocean Terminals before beoming a hazard Authorities planned to move the "AFL New England" on May 26, 2012, after it has been anchored in Bedford Basin for almost a month as the company operating was shut down. The "AFL New England" is running out of fuel and food for its 14 crew members. The ship was slated to move with own engine, accompanied by a pilot boat, to Pier 33 at Ocean Terminals. The container ship was left stranded when New York-based American Feeder Lines International shut down its chartered New England container service on April 27. Initially, it was thought the ship would return to sea quickly, as soon as its German owners, Rass Shipping, found a new operator for the vessel. But then warrants for outstanding debt began piling up at the Federal Court of Canada, preventing it from leaving until it gets clearance from the court. The list of creditors that have a hold on the ship includes Portland Pilots Inc., Atlantic Pilotage Authority, F.K. Warren Ltd., Boston Harbor Pilot Association, Massachusetts Port Authority and Cerescorp Co. (56 min ago, by Timsen) . Hmmm,What next?


Looking rather spiffy in her bright red coat ATLANTIC BIRCH II spotted alongside at Woodside on May 24th,2012. She was recently added to the Atlantic Towing Ltd fleet and appears a splendid addition.
Built in 1975 by Vito Steel Boat & Barge Construction Ltd,Delta,British Columbia.
Formerly the Canmar Supplier II,Supplier II,Rem Supplier,Thor Supplier.
IMO No: 7420742.
LOA 57.5m  Beam 13.72m Depth 5.56m.
Gross Tonnage: 1,409 tons,Net Tonnage: 422 tons.
Owner/Manager: Atlantic Towing Ltd,Saint John,N.B. Canada.
Flag: Canada
Call Sign:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

O-BOAT ex HMCS OJIBWA to Museum in Ontario

Ex HMCS OJIBWA shown here in the camber at the Gun Wharf, (Jetty Lima for you youngsters),NAD ,Dartmouth ,last July will be saved from the breakers.  The Minister of Defence,Peter McKay has signed an agreement which turns the Sub over to the Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas Ontario.The vessel will be towed via a submersible barge similar that used to tranport Okanaghan last year.Operation will commence as soon as the tug/barge rig arrives.Now apparently in transit. A sister sub, Onandaga is preserved at Rimouski,P.Q. The R.C.N. operated three Oberon Class,O-Boats during the 60s thru 90s when the 'replacement' Upholder/Victoria boats became available. Maybe should have kept the O's going a bit longer says me! 20-20 hindsight.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Crude oil tanker KNOCK SHEEN paid another call at thr Port of Halifax during the week 6-12 May. The vessel has called at the Imperial Oil,Woodside in the past shown here alongside on 26th August 2008.
Year Built: 1998
Former name ASTRO CANOPUS.
Length Overall: 274 m,Beam:48 m,Draught 14.2m.
Gross Tonnage: 79,714 tons, Dead Weight: 159,899 tons.
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 10.4 / 7.4 knots)* These figures are not significant. Speeds are often different in areas out of AIS range.
Flag: Singapore
Call Sign: 9VME4

IMO: 9172583, MMSI: 565289000

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


HMCS PRESERVER AOR 510 turning to depart from the Bedford Basin early on 26th April 2012.With all the RAS gear now installed she appears ready to conduct business as usual for the Fleet.Looking good for her age,the last of only two steamers left in the RCN.