Sunday, May 15, 2011

Recent redeployments at Groupe Océan

With its large fleet of tugs, Groupe Océan of Quebec City can be expected to move its tugs around from port to port as needed. However, most tugs are permanently assigned to specific ports due their particular capabilities. However this spring there have been the following redeployments:
1. Escorte from Hamilton to refit at Industrie Océan in Ile-aux-Coudres. (She is still listed for sale on brokers sites.) In this photo she is shown at Trois-Rivières, QC in the colours of Three Rivers Boatmen, a company taken over by Groupe Océan. Ahead of her is the Norton class Robert H ex Heatherton, since sold south.

2. Océan Yvan Desgagnés (not pictured) from Quebec City to Sept-Iles for Océan Remorquage Côte-Nord. (Her place in Quebec City will be taken by the newly delivered Océan Ross Gaudreault when it enters service this month.) Océan now has three tugs in Sept-Iles (versus two for Svitzer), the others being Ocean Raymond Lemay (pictured on trials in Halifax in 2006) and André H (the former Point Valiant, Foundation Valiant)

3. André H. shown in Trois-Rivières, has been based in Sept-Iles for the last two years.

4. Laprairie returned to Hamilton at the opening of the Seaway season, after a spell icebreaking in the South Shore Canal - a job she was built to do originally. She is shown here in the SSC with the Seaway scow V/MS 488 shortly after Océan acquired the tug from the St.Lawrence Seaway Authority. Her icebreaking bow is in full view. Océan has since changed is fleet colour scheme.

5. Océan Golf from Sorel to Hamilton for Ocean Ontario. The twin screw tug is seen here in refit at Industrie Océan at Ile-aux-Coudres last summer. Built in the UK in 1959 as Stranton, but brought to Canada as Helen M.McAllister, she was repowered and fitted with a new wheelhouse in 1996-97.

6. (Not Pictured) Océan A. Simard (the forner Alexis-Simard of Rio Tinto Alcan) was recently re-registered in Montreal, leading to the expectation that she will be based in that port. At last report she was in refit at Ile-aux-Coudres.


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