Maersk Placentia with water cannon on bow.
Another of the former Husky-Bow Valley tug/suppliers has been sold. This time it is Maersk Placentia, built by Bel-Aire Shipyard in North Vancouver in 1983 as Placentia Bay, it went to Maersk Canada in 1997 along with its five sister vessels. Initially named Maersk Placentia, it was renamed Maersk Shipper in 1990, reverting to Maersk Placentia in 1997.
Placentia Bay and Nordertor securing the jack-up rig Rowan Gorilla I thirty years ago...
It arrived in Halifax for the first time June 23, 1983 with Bonavista Bay (which was sold in 2007, becoming Drive Bonavista). Under Maersk ownership it has been based out of St.John's NL. It was also fitted with a bow mounted water cannon for deflecting ice floes.
Its Canadian register was closed April 23, 2015 and it has since been renamed Storm Express. Details of the new owner have not yet emerged, but the vessel is still in St.John's.