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Gulf Ice Video

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CBC article with a video of a CG icebreaker escorting a ferry.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scot ... -1.2998070

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Never done any work like that, ship cuts through it like a hot knife through butter, impressive to see. Stil reckon the best place for all that white stuff is in a glass.
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Louis s St Laurent, she started life as a turbo-electric steam job, was re-engined in the early 90s and a more modern ice breaking bow installed. She is steaming up the side of the ferry to release the pressure off of the ice, the Captain is being conservative, the old breaker Captains would go up the side of that ferry about 10 feet away. This ice is soft and slushy, plugs the seabays and stcks to the ships side. When the wind blows in, it packs it in tight, enough that smaller boats are popped right out of the water.

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Well that's an education for me, thought ice was ice, never sailed in anything like that, turbo eh? Hate to say it but, T.T.T.T. Existed here then?
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I guess about the TT T T
I don't have any icebreaking pictures in the Gulf. It's too bad, I've seen some sights.

The ones I felt bad for were the crew with no winter clothing. You'd see the ships coming out of the river with mooring lines just dropped everywhere and fellows out on deck with no hat or gloves. Or bulkers heading for Sept Isle with not enough diesel and the ballast pumped.

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Here is a video I took last April of the USCG breaking us out of the ice, excuse the quality it was cell phone and chilly out heh.
Northern Lake Michigan going down bownd, I don't remember our destination though.

https://youtu.be/-aroedafEFQ

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Wow, looks like easy work for them, pretty impressive I must stay. What about the stern gear though? Bent blades, rudders etc? Carry two spare props? Looks to me where all your champion ice skaters might train. A cert for duffle coat country methinks.
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Extra heavy props, ice horns, shafting 10% over LR requirement, rudders that lock amidships going astern. These ships are pretty impressive.

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This is a fun video. You can almost hear the MAN 52/55A, 14 cylinder main pounding away.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=g4RQXkI3B8w

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Impressive indeed, have done a lot of skin diving throught my life including wire hawsers round props, rudders A or P brackets etc but think I will leave the kit behind if I ever get on one of these fellas. Understand that plenty of power required to push the ship up over the ice, ( hence the unusual bow design) and break it weight wise as apposed to a ninety degree cut through attempt? Different world out there.
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I think the Louis and Arctic both have Melville designed bows. Back in the late 70s into the 80s there was some pretty good work being done in Canada. The Coast Gurd stopped building ships in the late 80s with the Henry Larsen, a very impressive icebreaking ship for her size and people retired and died. Now the industry haas to be rebuild to build ships again.
I'll have a look tomorrow, I have pictures of both ships on the dock, the bows are something to see.

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Experimental ice breaking ships Robert Lemuir and Kigoriak were buily for Dome by, I think, Irving shipbuilding in St John. That would be in the 70s, both had "spoon bows" where the ship runs up on top of the ice and breaks it. They were used in the Beaufort Sea. The Terry Fox was built for Gulf (or was it Shell?) a bit later. I remember it servicing the "hamburger" rig (so called because it resembled a hamburger!) It ended up tied to a jetty in Dartmouth, I think.

I was with Dome then. Christ, that was a long time ago!
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Interesting stuff this and something new to me, so very different to seas I have ever been on in my career. I watch the Ice Road Truckers on our TVs but that's shoreside stuff but shows us what it's like for your part of the world versus ours. No swimming pools for you to cool off in over there I guess.
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The Terry Fox was built by Beaudril in Vancouver. It now is in the CG fleet after being leased for 2 years in 92' the bought outright. The rig was involved in that fiasco on the west coast last year where the new ship towing it suffered blackouts from fuel contamination. They drifted, got the power back up then lost it again, the rig end aground in rough seas. Theysurveyed it, got it back under tow and continued south where it was refitted. I think it is back north, but probably not doing anything. I can't think of the rigs name either.

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The Hamburger. :)

Swimming pools are filled south of Cape Hatteras, Merlyn. :) You hit the Gulf Stream there and sea temp goes from 6C to 25C.
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