Sunday, 23 June 2019

June 22, 2019, CCGS / NGCC Des Groseilliers departs Quebec City for the Arctic

CCGS / NGCC Des Groseilliers departs the Canadian Coast Guard base in Quebec City bound for the Canadian Arctic.
All photos courtesy and © of Environnement et Changement climatique Canada
Each summer the Canadian Coast Guard sends its fleet of icebreakers to the Arctic to support shipping, carry out scientific research, engage in Search & Rescue and any other tasks that may be assigned.
CCGS Des Groseilliers was initially designated as a 1200 class icebreaker.  It is named after Medard Chouart des Groseilliers, a close associate of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.  Both men were involved in explorations west of the Great Lakes and in the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company. The ship entered service in 1982.
Above:  Canadian Coast Guard Bell 429 approaching the flight deck of the Des Groseiliers.
Below:  Tanker Limerick Spirit, one of the many ships seen daily on the St Lawrence river.

The sister-ship, CCGS Pierre Radisson, is currently at the shipyard in Port Weller, Ontario; just above Lock 1 of the Welland Canal.  Both the Des Gros and the Radisson have been to the Great Lakes to assist with spring breakout and ship escorts.
IMO:  8006385
Name:  Des Groseilliers
MMSI:  316072000
Type:  Icebreaker
Gross Tonnage:  6098 t
Summer DWT:  2919 t
Build:  1982 at Port Weller shipyard, St Catharines, ON
Flag:  Canada
Port of Registry:  Ottawa
Radio Call Sign:  CGDX
Length:  98 m (322 ft);  Beam:  20 m (65 ft);  Draft:  7.5 m (24.5 ft)
Ice Class:  Arctic Class 3

Propulsion:  Diesel Electric
17,580 shaft horsepower (13,110 kW) and six generators creating 11.1 megawatts sustained, 
powering two motors that, when driving the shafts, create 13,600 shp (10,100 kW).

Speed:  16.5 kt
Range:  30,600 nautical miles
Endurance:  108 days
Lots more about CCGS Des Groseilliers, Click Here.

Below:  Unlike many other coast guard aviation units around the world, the primary role of the Canadian Coast Guard's helicopters isn't search & rescue (SAR) - that role falls to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  CCG helicopters can, and do, assist with SAR taskings if called upon, but they primarily serve to ensure the safety of marine traffic, largely through the construction and maintenance of navigational and communication aids that are only accessible by air.

Additional responsibilities include the support of Coast Guard icebreakers in the form of aerial reconnaissance, environmental response, supporting ongoing scientific research projects.

More about CCG helicopters, Click Here.

Friday, 14 June 2019

June 2019. Early in the month. Portland, Maine, USA

 Above:  Container ship Pictor J alongside the container berth.  
One of several ships on a regular run for Eimskip. 
Capacity of 925 TEU.
TEU is Twenty-Foot Equivalent.  
Explanation here.
 Norwegian Dawn outbound.
92250 Gross tons, Draft 8.6 metres, Length 294 metres, Beam 38 metres.
Built 2002
 Below:  Pilot boat leads the way with harbourmaster launch lending a hand.

2 x Man B&W, 14 cylinders, 58800 kw.
Engine stroke 480 mm
2 x fixed pitch propellers

 Above:  Pilot boat Spring Point and harbourmaster launch.
More on Portland Harbor & Pilots here.

 Above & Below:  American Constitution outbound.
 About 270 feet long.
Passenger load about 175.
There is a dearth of information on line about this ship.
 These small ships duck into places the bigger ones can't go.  
In this case New England ports are emphasized.

 Celebrity Summit also leaving.
90940 Gross tons, Draft 8.5 metres, Length 294 metres, Beam 32 metres.
Built 2001

2 x Paxman, 18 cylinders, 71242 kw.
Engine stroke 185 mm
2 x fixed pitch propellers
 These ships disgorge thousands of tourists for several hours.  
Many of them take tour buses up the coast to the LL Bean flagship store.  
Others visit many of the coastal communities or simply wander about Portland.
 Below:  Portland Head Light, not Headlight.  
I took a lot of shots trying to get the light while flashing, and it worked.  
Characteristics:  Fl W 4s  101 ft  24 miles
White light that flashes every 4 seconds.
Light is 101 feet above sea level.
Visible range of light is 24 miles.
USCG List of Lights.
The first few pages have all sorts of fascinating information and imagery.
Click Here.
 Below:  One of two schooners that offer tours around Casco Bay, 
which adjoins Portland harbour.