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|Burlington Ship Canal, Aug. 17, 2008.
Great Lakes Fleet Page Vessel Feature --
Launched as the small coastal tanker Partington; this vessel was built
in 1965 by Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd., Grangemouth, Scotland as their hull #
Shell Mex and B.P. Ltd., London, UK entering service in December of that year. She sailed along the coast of England and in 1979 was renamed
Shell Scientist after her ownership was transferred to Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd.,
London, UK. The Shell Scientist crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Canada in 1981 and was renamed Metro Sun at that time
for the Metro Oil Co., Halifax NS. The small tanker arrived at
Montreal, QC on her maiden voyage in her new service on November 14, 1981
and began trading along the St. Lawrence River and the Canadian east coast.
In 1982, the tanker's ownership was changed to Shediac Coastal Carrier Corp.
also of Halifax, NS. The Metro Sun saw only limited service and laid
up at Halifax in mid-1984.
Provmar Fuels Inc., Hamilton, ON brought the
to the Great Lakes in 1985 and had her refitted as a refueling tanker from April
to June of that year below Lock 1 of the Welland Canal, St. Catherines, ON.
Provmar Fuels Inc. was formed in 1984 as a joint venture between ULS
International (Upper Lakes Group, Toronto, ON) and Canada Steamship Lines following the identification of the
need for marine bunkering in Hamilton Harbour and western Lake Ontario.
June 11, 1985 saw the refitted tanker depart for Hamilton under the new name of
Hamilton Energy. The Canada Steamship Lines bulk carrier Simcoe was her
first customer when she officially entered service on June 17. The
Hamilton Energy provided bunkering services to domestic and foreign flagged
ships along the western end of Lake Ontario from Oshawa, ON to the northern end
of the Welland Canal. In 1993, Provmar Fuels became a wholly owned division of Upper Lakes Group, Inc.,
The Hamilton Energy was originally powered by a 6-cylinder
Polar Atlas MN16 diesel engine of 1,120 b.h.p. (824 KW) built by British Polar
Engines Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland. The power was fed to a single fixed pitch
propeller. The small tanker is equipped with a bow thruster. Her
liquid cargo is contained in 8 tanks where she is capable of carrying up to
1,260 tons (1,280 mt) of bunkering fuel made up of 768 tons (780 mt) of bunker
heavy fuel oil (HFO) and 492 tons (500 mt) of marine diesel oil at a mid-summer
draft of 13' 10" (4.21m).
On December 11, 1993 while moored at her berth alongside the oil
barge Provmar Terminal at the Port of Hamilton's Pier 24, the Hamilton Energy
was struck by the salty Nirja. The Nirja was attempting to dock at Pier 23
with the assistance of 3 tugs in high winds and failed to negotiate the turn
into the slip. There was some damage to all vessels and the wharf.
The tanker was privileged to provide bunkering services on April 15, 1996 to the
Royal Yacht H.M.S. Britannia at Toronto, ON upon the Royal Yacht's last visit to
the Great Lakes. The Hamilton Energy delivered bunker fuel to Canada Steamship Line's new
bulk self-unloader CSL Niagara on July 23, 1999 before her departure
from Port Weller Dry Docks on her maiden voyage.
An incident similar to 1993 occurred again on April 1, 2001 with
more serious damages. The docking of Provmar Fuels' barges and the
Hamilton Energy at Pier 24 had been modified as a result of the 1993 incident.
Again, the small tanker was moored alongside the barge Provmar Terminal when the
vessel was rammed in the stern, port side by the loaded salty Utiviken as it was
attempting to negotiate the turn into Pier 23. The
tanker instantly heeled over
to port 60 - 70 degrees submerging the main deck port railing and, partially
sunk, was set adrift dead-ship into harbour after her mooring cables parted.
The McKeil tug Paul E No.1, one of the tugs assisting the Utiviken, quickly
proceeded to assist the stricken tanker. Extensive damage resulted with
stern plates being pushed in, the propeller bent, the rudder post broken and the
propeller shaft pushed through the gearbox into and destroying the engine block.
The barge Provmar Terminal was sunk by the stern. The Utiviken received
damage to the bulbous bow which flooded the forepeak tank. After temporary
repairs were made, the Hamilton Energy finished the 2001 season as a bunkering
barge being tended to by McKeil tug Glenevis.
At the conclusion of the 2001 season, the Hamilton
Energy was taken to Port Weller Dry Docks for permanent repairs. The
tanker was repowered with a General Motors EMD 12-645-E6 V-12 cylinder,
naturally aspirated 2 stroke cycle diesel engine rated at 1,500 b.h.p. (1,104
KW). The 1971
built engine had been remanufactured in 2001 by NREC Power Systems, Houma, LA
under Lloyd's supervision. The engine was mated to a Scana Volda
controlled pitch propeller system with 3.06:1 reduction. A stern thruster
was installed and the vessel's 5 year drydock survey was also completed.
On March 19, 2002, after successful sea trials were completed and adjustments
made, the Hamilton Energy departed for Hamilton and a return to service.
The Hamilton Energy continues to sail under the Provmar Fuel banner providing
essential bunkering services to vessels in western Lake Ontario and the lower
end of the Welland Canal.
|| 201' 05" (61.39m)
|| 34' 01" (10.39m)
|| 14' 09" (4.50m)
|| 1,260 tons (1,280 mt)
at a draft of 13' 10" (4.21m)
|| 1,500 b.h.p.(1,104 KW)
Arriving at the Welland Canal below Lock 1,
Apr. 2, 2010. Paul Beesley
Bunkering the Maritime Trader, Apr. 2, 2010.
Bunkering the J.W. Shelley, Apr. 18, 2010.
Bunkering the CSL Assiniboine below Lock 1,
May 30, 2009. Michael Gosselin
Outbound the Burlington Ship Canal, July 27, 2009.
Into Lake Ontario.