As a post-Panamax floating drydock, Nova Dock was easily ably to swallow the largest ships capable of transiting the Panama Canal while at Halifax Shipyard. Shown here, it accommodated HMCS PRESERVER with room to spare:
|HMCS PRESERVER in Nova Dock during her final refit in 2010.|
Once, when I was living directly across the harbour from Nova Dock, it lifted both of the Canadian Coast Guard heavy icebreakers - Louis S. St. Laurent and Terry Fox - at the same time, with the two ships end-to-end. I have photos of that somewhere too, but of course, can't find them at the moment.
After being towed to Woodside, however, Nova Dock was cut in two in order to be shipped to Florida for a new owner. The ends where it was cut were plated in, and it will be shipped to Florida in two parts. The "aft" end (the part without the two cranes mounted), for lack of a better description, is going first.
On Monday afternoon, the semi-submersible barge Boa Barge 33 was towed from Halterm out to an anchorage in the harbour, in front of the former Canadian Coast Guard base.
|Boa Barge 33 being towed out into the harbour.|
|Boa Odin standing by the partially submerged Boa Odin 33.|
|Boa Odin alongside one section of Nova Dock.|
|Nova Dock floating over the still submerged Boa Barge 33.|
|Nova Dock now on the deck of Boa Odin 33.|
Nova Dock was then fastened to the deck of Boa Barge 33 to ensure it doesn't shift during the tow to Florida. With luck, I might catch this tow as it leaves the harbour.
Other coverage can be found on Shipfax (here and here) and Halifax Shipping News.