Tuesday, August 27, 2013

UBC Miami,Atlantic Huron and the Nordanhav

APA pilot Capt. Mike Langdon took the cargo vessel UBC Miami off the Martin Marietta Materials quarry dock about 1345h and proceeded south  to send it on to sea.
Also loading product in our area was the Atlantic Huron which was taking on gypsum from the diminishing pile at the Point Tupper facility owned by Georgia-Pacific. It appears there may not be too many more loads and their mines have been closed for over a year and a half.
The ship has tentatively booked a pilot for 0200h on the 28th and will transit Canso Lock headed north.
the clay carrier Nordanhav sits at anchor off Pirate harbor awaiting dock space in Mulgrave .most likely its waiting for the Flintstone to get underway before they shift.
The Flintstone which is berthed at the Strait Superport Dock in Mulgrave was having some maintainence done while alongside.I spotted the dive vessel Service Leader on its starboard side and my sources tell me the divers were tending to matters in the Flintstones moonpool.
It appears that this vessel will be boarded tonight by a pilot and head to sea in the early hours of the 28th.
   Expected at the south pilot station   and headed to the quarry will be the Caribe Pearl who's ships business is being handled by the folks from MontShip.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The summers been busy ...and its time to write something.

Well a bit of a hiatus for this writer didn't mean there wasn't ship movements in ,around and thru the Strait area. Yesterday afternoon the Flintstone was brought into the dock at Mulgrave by APA pilot Capt.Tony Pierce. The vessel was docked around 1540h and loading of 5000 tons of stone was begun and completed early morning on the 26th about 0400h.It appears the ships departure was delayed with some maintainence issues.

Today the cargo vessel Fortitude departed the Inhabitants Bay Anchorage about 1210h and the pilot on board was Capt. Tony Pierce.The Fortitude was brought in for an AGM Inspection before sailing to Becancoeur Qc.

The bulk carrier Point Lisas Pearl was taking on a cargo of aggregate at the Martin Marietta Quarry dock and I saw the tug Point Valiant arriving in Aulds Cove to assist the vessel off the dock .Pilot Capt. Tony Pierce has been tasked to this vessel  which made it a busy day for him.
     Expected at the south pilot station tonight is the UBC Miami which will be dock at the quarry by APA pilot Capt. Chuck MacDonald. Waiting at the north pilot station tonight is the self-unloading bulker Atlantic Huron. It had just recently loaded at the quarry dock and proceeded to Charlottetown P.E.I.
The crude oil tanker Americas Spirit was alongside the Nustar Ocean Berth One this afternoon being loaded and may possibly depart early on the 27th.
Departing the Port Hawkesbury Paper dock at 2000h tonight is the Nordahav with APA pilot Capt. Elias Dorey taking her out .
Recent vessels calling in the Strait area has been a few pricey yachts ,several tankers and bulkers .
This photo shows the Balder sailing past the Bear Head Wind Farm on its way out to sea after unloading coal at NSPC in Point Tupper. The crude oil tanker Kometik paid a visit to Nustar arriving on the 18th
and departed on the 19th.
Shortly after the Kometik departed the Atlas Voyageur took its place after departing the Inhabitants Bay Anchorage.