Atlantic Oak

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Career (Canada)
Name: Atlantic Oak
Builder: East Isle Shipyard Ltd.
Launched: 2004
Homeport: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class & type: Tug
Length: 28.79 m (94.5 ft)
Beam: 11.14 m (36.5 ft)
Draught: 5.24 m (17.2 ft)
Propulsion: Twin screw
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)

Atlantic Oak is a tug boat based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.[1] She is owned by Atlantic towing Limited,[2] which is owned by Irving Shipbuilding.[3] Atlantic Oak was built by East Isle Shipyard Ltd. in P.E.I and was commissioned in 2004.[4] One of her duties in the Harbour is to assist in launches at the Halifax Shipyard. [5] She also guides many tankers and bulk freighters along with other large ships into port. [3]

General Characteristics[edit]

Atlantic Oak is a Z-drive class, with two Aquamaster US 225, Twin screw tug built to a design first used for the tug Atlantic Spruce. She has two Caterpiller 3516 HD engines with a top speed of 13 Knots. She carries on-board firefighting equipment and has an 80 tonne deck capacity. She is 28.79 meters long, 11.14 meters wide and draws 5.24 meters. [4]

Notable Events[edit]

In 2008 the dredging barge Shovel Master capsized after experiencing rough seas while being towed by Atlantic Larch from Saint John to Halifax for a refit. The crew were rescued by a CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter shortly before the barge capsized near Yarmouth. Atlantic Oak towed the capsized, but still floating barge,for only 150m before it sank, spilling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid and waste oil. [6]

Recently, on Jan 15th, 2013 she was seen guiding the damaged HMCS Athabaskan into dock at the NC jetty in Halifax. [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ATLANTIC OAK. "ATLANTIC OAK". marinetraffic.com. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ ATLANTIC OAK (O.N. 826703). "Transport Canada Vessel Registration". Transport Canada. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Professional Mariner. "Atlantic Towing and Ectug both introduce new tugs for competing service in Halifax". Navigator publishing. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Atlantic Oak Specification. "Atlantic Towing Fact Sheet". Atlantic Towing. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ MacKay, Mac. "Tugfax: Atlantic Oak". Tugfax. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ professional Mariner. "Crew of foundering dredge plucked by helicopter from Bay of Fundy". Navigator Publishing. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Ziobrowski, Peter. "Athabaskan is Home". Halifax Shipping News. Retrieved February 14, 2013.