From Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard vessels, to tugs and barges, pleasure craft, fishing boats, and ferries, B.C.’s shipyards have been maintaining a good pace of business with the majority reporting the same as or better than last year and expecting just as much or more for the coming year. Here’s our latest round up…
Photo above: Sylte Shipyard delivers new Catherwood Sea Imp XI (Photo: BC Shipping News).
Partners Al Dawson and Burton Drody were in attendance for the recent christening of the SST Salish — Saam Smit Towage Canada’s second tug built by the ABD team, following last year’s SST Capilano. The 21.69-metre vessel with two MTU 16V4000M61 engines and two John Deere 2045 DMF auxiliaries has a bollard pull of 65 metric tonnes and a forward winch (DMT TW-H300KN) capable of 180 MT braking power and 30 MT pulling power. She is classed by Lloyd’s +100A1 Tug, Coastal Service. The vessels are part of a contract that includes the option for a third tug. “The decision is still being made on the third vessel,” Dawson said.
Turning their full attention now to the Geemia Joye, a 105-foot packer for James Walkus in Port Hardy, Dawson said construction for this sister ship to the Amarissa Joye began in September 2016 and expects delivery to be sometime in June 2018.
Owner Chuck Ko has been pleased to see a busy first half of 2017. “Typically, we’d slow down by the end of the first quarter. This year, we have been able to sustain a good volume as we approach the summer.”
Since the fall of 2016, Allied has undertaken major refits on the CCGS Bartlett, CCGS Vector, two dockings of the CCGS M. Charles, M.B., a major refit of the BC Ferry North Island Princess, the docking and inspection of the BC Ferry Tachek, and the docking and inspection of the Alaska Fish and Game Research Vessel Medeia, as well as the normal volume of dry dockings and refits of commercial tugs and fishing vessels. Allied is currently doing engine work on the harbour cruise vessel Britannia, installing a keel ballast bar on the fishing vessel Knight Dragon, installing an auxiliary engine on the fishing vessel, “Franciscan No. 1”, installing hatches on the tug “Arctic Taglu”, and undertaking the drydock and inspection of the tug “Seaspan Pusher.”
Ko is hopeful the volume of work is sustained throughout the summer and into the fall.
Arrow Marine has been enjoying a “full yard” over the last few months and keeping their 330-ton Travellift busy. Most recently, the yard just finished a refit on the Ken McKenzie (see article on Page 30) which included electrical and mechanical work as well as a fresh coat of paint.