CCGS Hudson to be Decommissioned.

The CCGS Hudson is to be Decommissioned. The feds made the announcement at 1:30 today. The ship suffered a failure of the Starboard propulsion motor. Nov 5th, and has been tied up in St. John’s since.

Hudson was subject to extensive refits in 2020 and 2021, which Davie declined to bid on, citeing the condition of the ship in a public letter.

Hudson is powered by a diesel electric propulsion system. Power is provided by four V-16 Alco diesel engines, which drive 4 1500 kW, 600 volts DC generators, connected to two electric motors each driving a shaft.

UPDATE: Here is the formal Announcement:

Following 59 years of dedicated service, the Canadian Coast Guard’s oldest serving vessel, the CCGS Hudson is being decommissioned. In November 2021, a failure of the starboard propulsion motor placed the CCGS Hudson out of service. Due to the scale of the problem and the time and cost to repair it, combined with the costs associated with an upcoming period of regulatory compliance work, it has been determined that the ship is beyond economical repair and further investment would not allow it to return to reliable service. 

The CCGS Hudson is a key platform for Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s oceanographic science program. While there are no science missions planned for the CCGS Hudson over the winter months, the vessel’s permanent replacement, the yet to be named Offshore Oceanographic and Science Vessel, isn’t expected to be delivered until 2025. The Canadian Coast Guard is working closely with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to evaluate the near and long terms impacts on programming and developing a plan to mitigate these impacts. Discussions are focused on which parts of the science program can be completed by other Canadian Coast Guard vessels, by chartered vessels, or through the use of other technology.

The decommissioning of the CCGS Hudson marks the end of an era for the Canadian Coast Guard. In the coming months, plans for a celebration of the ship and the crews’ accomplishments over the past 59 years will be developed and Canadians will have the opportunity to share memories and experiences of their own interactions with the ship and all of its past crews.

DFO Release.


Tanja in the Basin.

The Bulk Carrier Tanja has been sitting at anchor in the basin for the past several days, presumably waiting for better weather. the ship sailed from Grand Anse, on the Sagunay river in Quebec.

The ship is fitted to carry kaolin clay in slurry form. kaolin is used in the production of paper. recent high winds caused the ship to have to reposition after it started to drag anchor.

AURVIKEN smells bad

The Crude Oil tanker Aurviken Arrived on the 12th and tied up at pier 9. it sailed yesterday around 6pm.

The ship sailed for the NuStar terminal in point Tupper with a load of crude form Libya. its stop in halifax was to load fuel for its cargo heating boiler.

Earlier in the afternoon, the ship was conducting an oil transfer which led to a strong chemically smell to blanket the north end. Heavy fuel oils need to be heated to flow, and this was reportley the source of the smell. the Port Authority ordered the ship to stop the transfer, and the smell dissipated.

The smell prompted numerous 911 calls, and the Halifax shipyard activated the fire alarm to evacuate their staff from the building while they figured out what was going on.

NACC Capri

the Pnumatic Cement Carrier tied up at pier 9 after arriving back form its 5 year survey in Portugal. The ship is operated by a joint venture between Algoma and Nova Short sea carriers of Luxembourg. (NACC being the abbreviated form of Nova Algoma Cement Carriers)

NACC operate the ship under contract to transport cement from the McInnis Cement plant, on the Gaspe peninsula in Quebec to locations up the great lakes. The ships basically use vacuums and air pressure to load and discharge powdered cement – preventing dust, and keeping the product dry.

Sable Island Pt2 – West light

West light is reasonable walking distance to Main Station. At this point its primarily occupied by BIO scientists studying the islands seal population, and the house is Known as BIO House now.

the light still exists, though it was decommissioned in the early 2000’s

A Universal Carrier lies on the south beach at west light. this tracked vehicle was surplus from the war and was used to move boats and other equipment on the island.

remains of Quonset huts that were used to store equipment and supplies. these were made of steel and are rusting in the sand. some of the contents of the huts lay around the area, including this bucket from an excavator.

(below) collapsed supports for a tank farm. These and the quonset huts are located on the north beach behind West light.

A non directional beacon was installed to aid in aircraft navigation. It failed, and lies abandoned.

Next to West light is Aliant House. the island briefly had cell service, when Aliant installed cellular equipment in an attempt to service the nearby oil platforms. It didn’t work, and the equipment removed. The tower is still in use, providing trunked communications on the island.

Anchor in the Basin.

NYK Constellation to anchor in the basin to wait out weather after spending Saturday at Fairview cove. NYK Constellation was built in 2007, and is rated for 4888TEU. It currently operating on the Alliances AL5 service. AL5 serves Northern Europe, making stops in Halifax and Port Everglades Florida, before stopping in South America,passing through the panama canal, stopping in LA, Seattle, Vancouver, and Oakland. NYK Constellation is currently on the return leg, heading back to Southampton.

Hyundai Faith arrived Saturday and took to anchor to wait out weather before moving to the terminal this morning. the ship is serving on the Alliances EC5 service. the ship was built in 2008, and is rated for 8566TEU.

Update on large naval tugs

Today the feds gave an update on the Large Naval tug project. this project will see 4 new tugs commissioned to replace the current fleet of Glen Tugs currently in use. The tugs are being built by Ocean Industries, at their Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec shipyard.

The first two tugs (Haro and Barkerville) are scheduled to be delivered by sealift to the RCN’s Maritime Forces Pacific in Esquimalt, British Columbia, in 2022. The other two (Canso and Stella Maris) will sail to Maritime Forces Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2023 and 2024.

The new tugs are named as follows.

  • Naval Large Tug #1 Haro – This name is taken from the Haro Strait, which connects the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca in British Columbia, and is frequently transited by Royal Canadian Navy vessels proceeding north from Esquimalt, the home of our Pacific Fleet. 
  • Naval Large Tug #2 Barkerville – This name is taken from the Second World War-era Ville-class tug of the same name, which capsized and sank at the entrance of Bedwell Harbour, British Columbia, on December 17, 1945, while towing His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Hespeler to its mooring. 
  • Naval Large Tug #3 Canso – This name is taken from the Canso Strait separating Nova Scotia from Cape Breton Island. This is a region that figures prominently in Canada’s formative history. It also reflects the Royal Canadian Navy’s past with HMCS Canso, a minesweeper that served in the Pacific and Atlantic during the Second World War, and was on hand at D-Day.
  • Naval Large Tug #4 Stella Maris – This name was selected in recognition of the valiant actions of the crew of the tug that came to the assistance of the French munitions ship, SS Mont-Blanc on December 6, 1917, in Halifax Harbour. The tug crew tried to fight a fire on board Mont-Blanc, and recognizing that they had insufficient water to quench the fire, selflessly attempted to tow the burning vessel away from shore. The tug was severely damaged and 19 personnel on board perished when Mont-Blanc then erupted in the disaster known as the Halifax Explosion.  
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