Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Crudeoil tanker OLIVER JACOB spotted inbound this AM 23 July 2013 passing Chebucto Head with tugs outbound for her assistance. This will soon be regarded as history with the closure of the IOL refinery. A once thriving harbour turned into a flowerpot!File photo on 13 June 2009 at Halifax for bunkers.
Build 1999 by DAEWOO Heavy Industries,S.Korea.
LOA 274m LPP 264m Beam 48m Depth 23.2m Draught 16.82m.
Gross Tonnage:81,565 tons,DWT 157,326 tons,Net Tonnage 49,488 tons.
Owner: Oliver JacobTankschiff,Germany.
Manager: Gemini Tankers,LLC,Stamford,CT,USA.
Call Sign: DBZQ
IMO: 9175078

To update,the vessel is now alongside at IOL (see above) and we have discovered a change in the country of registration,now LIBERIA with Call Sign A8TM9. She is well down on her load line as photo taken just after she secured alongside and the tugs departed AM 23 July 2013.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Hapag-Lloyd's containership BERLIN EXPRESS made her first call at Fairview Cove terminal today July 16th 2013. The humble blogger believes she is the largest vessel to call at the terminal todate. At over 100,000 dead weight tons she was an impressive sight transiting the narrows.

Built 2003 by Hyundai Heavy Industries,UlsanSouth Korea. IMO No 9229855.
LOA 321m  Beam 42m Depth 24.5 m  Draught 14.5m.
Gross Tonnage: 88,493 tons. DWT 100,019 tons.
Capacity: 7,179 teu.
Machinery: Single shaft,diesel Model MAN B&W 12K98MC @ 69,619 KWs = Service Speed 25.0 knots.
Owner/Manager: Hapag-Lloyd AG,Hamburg,Germany.
Flag: Germany
Port: Hamburg
Call Sign: DGHX

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Crudeoil tanker NORDIC MISTRAL alongside the Oil Dock at IMPEROYAL  on 6th July,soon to be a rare site in Halifax with the reported closure of the Imperial refinery. The question is what strategic importance is this facility today respecting the great importance placed on its existance here in the past century. Is Halifax now just another way station on the march of History? What of our naval requirements? It seems too few questions are being answered by Local,Provinvial and Federal politicians. I for one believe some requirement for marine fuels must be maintained here,both from a commercial and a strategic necessity. What say the usually vocal political heads?