Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Two familiar supply vessels have returned to St. John's, the Maersk Dispatcher and Maersk Detector, the Dispatcher returning on May 26 and the Detector returning May 27. The Maersk Dispatcher is currently making her second trip to the Whiterose field located 350 KM off the Coast of Newfoundland. The Maersk Detector has not left since her arrival.
These are beautiful ships, the Dispatcher built in 2005, and the Detector built in 2006. Both have gross tonage of 5,470, 89.3 meter's, horsepower of 18,280 and a bollard pull of 219 tons.
The above photos are photos I have on file
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The port of Lewisporte, Newfoundland is pretty busy these days with the ferry Sir Robert Bond and coastal ferry Northern Ranger, the tankers Nanny, Dorsch, Tuvaq and Mokami spending the winter.
Lewisporte was always busy when the ferry service was operated by Marine Atlantic, with chartered coastal freighters, like the Marine Transport, Kloster, Terra Nova, Topsail, and Duke of Topsailand Astron. Then there were the ships owned by Marine Atlantic, like the Taverner, Hopedale, Petite Forte, Marine Packer, Sir Robert Bond, Ambrose Shea, Atlantic Freighter and Northern Ranger..and there were lots of other ships prior to that like the Kyle, Nonia....before my time.
Over the last number of years there are not as many ships operating due to the fact a road is being built, and the handover of the service from Marine Atlantic to the Newfoundland Government in 1998.
In 2011 brings a new ship to this service, the Dutch Runner, with a stern ramp and two cranes, this ship should work well, but only time will tell.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The supply vessel Maersk Norseman moves in this photo moves back to the supply base in St. John's April 27, 2011.
The Maersk Norseman built in 1996 at Marystown, Newfoundland has been a common site from time to time on the waterfront as she serves the Hibernia platform 196 miles east southeast of St. John's, along with her sister ship Maersk Nascopie and the Maersk Placentia.