1. Dumpsters on the dock and an anchor on the brow of the pier.
Although there are few outward signs yet, scrapping has begun on the supplier Intrepid Sea ex Sable Sea, Neftegaz 29.
It has been eleven months since the supplier was moved from its long term layup at the Burnside pier to pier 9. At the time I speculated that this would be the end - see: http://tugfaxblogspotcom.blogspot.ca/2011/09/neftegaz-29-target.html
On May 4, 2012 the ship's registry was closed, and for some time now there have been dumpsters alongside. It appears that Dartmouth Metals is doing the work. They have scrapped many ships over the years, but this is the first one to be scrapped within the confines of Halifax Harbour for some time.
They will not be able to finish the work at pier 9, since the hull will have to be beached, and it will certainly become unstable well before that, and unsafe to work adjacent to a main navigation channel.
I will update this as work progresses.
As a footnote the ship is now known as N-29, but this is strictly informal as it is no longer registered. Its previous name, Intrepid Sea, never appeared anywhere on the ship, and is perhaps too closely associated with its former owners, Secunda Marine Services.