Sunday, April 22, 2012

Leonard M ex Point Halifax readies for work and other Pictou tugs

1. Leonard M. at Pictou. A very tall light pole on the pier is NOT part of the tug.
  1. As previously reported McKeil Work Boats (aka McKeil Marine) acquired the Point Halifax from Svitzer Canada. After a spell in Sept-Iles covering for the drydocking of one of the other tugs it has been refitting at Pictou. Now renamed Leonard M. it looked to be about ready to sail on Saturday when I spotted it at the government wharf. It now has black funnels and a blue visor.
  2. Also in Pictou was the laid up supplier Hebron Sea, reportedly with a blown engine.
  3. Alongside in an unphotographable location was the tug May C (ex Mary Steele, Tignish, Techno-Rochette, Jacques Rochette) As reported it was acquired by Aecon-Fabco, operators of the Pictou Shipyard, from Superport Marine of Port Hawksbury.
  4. Also alongside was Gulf Dianne (ex Gulf Diane) a former west coast tug, owned by Mariner Towing of Summerside, PE. It had been laid up in Port Hawksbury for a couple of years, but was employed hauling gravel barges from Auld's Cove to Prince Edward Island. It now appears to have been refitted and perhaps will be re-entering service. Built in 1962 it is rated at 610 bhp.

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