Thanks to the Strait Area Shipping blog for documenting the arrival in Mulgrave, NS on April 24 of McKeil Marine's Beverly M I. The tug made a one day stop in Horta, Azores en route, but otherwise made excellent time on its transatlantic crossing. See photos - My Favourites bar to the left.
Sister tug Sharon M I is still in drydock at Arab Heavy Industries Shipyard in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. No ETA for Canada has been given yet.
Work is progressing at Glovertown Marine Ltd shipyard in Glovertown, NL on two new barges that McKeil will manage for Kiewit/ Mammoet/Hunt's Transport to work on the Hebron Gravity Base structure at Bull Arm. Dowden Spirit is due for completion in August and Glovertown Spirit in April 2014.
Meanwhile the barge Nunavut Spirit arrived in Mulgrave last week from Morgan City, LA in tow of Miss Lis. Another McKeil barge, Huron Spirit, arrived at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI, in tow of Meredith Ashton from Chicago. The barge had worked its way up the Mississippi River (in tow of as yet unidentified tugs) also from Morgan City. The barge measures 328' x 82' x 23.6' and is about 6 feet too wide to fit the Welland Canal and St.Lawrence Seaway. There is speculation that it may be put on a diet at Bayship to thin it down for the transit.