New Drydock At Halifax Shipyard Operating At Close To Capacity

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Halifax Shipyard's new 36,000- ton-lifting-capacity floating drydock Novadock is now being used with increasing frequency. By mid- November this year, the yard will have been in continuous use for eight successive months.

The dock, which can accommodate up to Panamax size vessels, was commissioned in October last year and received its first ship, the 38,213-dwt tanker Irving Eskimo, on November 12. That vessel was followed by the Canadian Pacific's Andes Voyageur, a 16,970-dwt containership; Vernia Shipping's 7,869- dwt general cargo vessel Canadia (Sweden); the Canadian Government's 3,058-dwt icebreaker John A.

MacDonald; Dowa Lines' 11,301- dwt cargo vessel Ho Ming 3 (Japan); and the Canadian Government's 4,714-dwt icebreaker Louis S. St. Laurent.

Halifax Industries' marketing manager Mauritz Erhard said: "There is increasing interest from owners in our new facility. Given its geographically favorable position, there is no doubt that the market for it will continue to grow." The Novadock, which was built by Marine Industries Limited of Sorel, Quebec, has a length of 257 meters, a width of 38 meters, and a depth over the keel blocks of nine meters (about 843 by 125 by 29.5 feet).

Halifax Industries owns two shipyards— Halifax Shipyard and Dartmouth Marine Slips—both of which are now managed by AMCA International. For free literature and details on Halifax Shipyard's facilities and capabilities,

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