Yearly Archives: 2018

Tasing Swan for the Coasting Trade.

The products tanker Tasing Swan arrived at pier 9 yesterday. Today a coasting trade application was filed by Petro-Nav to use the tanker to shuttle refined product from the refinery in Levis to ports around the great lakes before the seaway shuts down at the end of December.

Petro-Nav cited delays in its tankers returning from arctic work as the reason the coasting trade license is required. Petro-Nav currently has at least 5 tankers working on coasting trade licenses in Canadian waters.

Given the volume of product being carried domestically by foreign flagged ships, Canadian fleet expansion should be in order.

Saturday traffic

(Above)Atlantic Sail inbound at the ferry track Saturday morning. (Below) Catharine Schulte for Melfi lines, and the tanker Jinan at anchor in the basin, waiting on weather. both ships sailed early afternoon.

Nor’easter (below) also sailed, after waiting on weather.

An Act of Piracy – CCGS Corporal Mclaren is Damaged

 

Early Saturday morning, the CCGS Corporal Mclaren was sabotaged, when 2 cables and a chain were cut at the CME Shipyard in Sambro Head. the cradle the boat was on slid back, and the MSPV came off the blocks. there was some water ingress.

From statements made by CME, we know the ship was fine at the midnight check, and in the water at the subsequent check. A call to Halifax fire for fuel leaking from a boat was reported at 0751 by @hrmfirewire on twitter. the yard has cameras, but no fence, so its easy to gain access, though its unclear if anything was caught on tape.

the boat was on the lift for 6 weeks of maintenance. general repair and upkeep. A few modifications were being made the vessel, including new electronics, rope cutters on the shafts, and additional limber holes in the engine room bilge.

 

 

the ship was built by Halifax Shipyards, as the 6th of 9 Hero Class midshore patrol vessels. she first emerged for painting in in May 2013, and the ship was launched in September 2013. the launching was witnessed by Corporal Mclaren’s family, after i was contacted by Canadian Heros, and they were able to get an invite to the launch. the ship was fitted out at pier 9, and went on trials in October, and was accepted by the coast guard at the end of the month. She was formally commissioned in June of 2014, at a ceremony at BIO

CME Posted these photos to their facebook page of the work period.

 

 

Baltic Leopard Slowly Loads.

The bulker Baltic Leopard used the dry calm last night to load product from the grain elevator. The Bulk commodity is likely moisture sensitive, so loading can only occur when there is no precipitation. – based on the available draft, there is alot of cargo remaining to load.

Coast Guard Icebreaker, Balder Viking’s New Name revealed.

Noticeably absent from the announcement yesterday by Davie of the re-floating of the Balder Viking was the ships new Coast Guard name.

I’m told this ship will be named the CCGS Captain Molly Kool – Named after the the first woman In North America to hold a Master Mariner License. The ship will be Commissioned in St. John’s

Wikipedia has a brief biography of her life. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Kool

Update – the ship was imported and registered as Balder Viking, and it has not yet been renamed. i also goofed and used Vidar viking as the name, not balder – these points have been corrected.

This post costs 30% more then planned – The weekly news #25

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News

1.Lifeboats head west

2. Openhydro continues

the latest on openhydro

3. BP doesnt find oil.
BPs partner has announced in a filing that commercial quantities of oil were not found in its drilling program. Shell returned their leases, presumably after not finding anything either.

4.Vidar Viking finished.
Davie announced the completion of the first ship, However with the first ship complete, Canadian Press is reporting Davie and Federal fleet have delivered on time, but not on Budget, with the costs of the project increasing by 217 million.

5.Open House Saturday

6. Job Fare – Be a SeaFarer
Want to be A Seafarer? Attend SIU’s job fair tonight.

 

Interesting

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History

Nov 13 1915 – Barque Calburga floundered in heavy weather off Strumbel Head, Wales, while carrying timber from Halifax.

Nov 12, 1928 –  The Lamport and Holt Lines passenger ship Vestris sank in the Atlantic after being swamped by two huge waves.

Nov 11, 1976 – HMCS ALGONQUIN assists fisheries protection vessel Chebucto in arresting two Cuban fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing in the Halifax approaches

Nov 10, 1813 – The warship Atalanta was wrecked near Halifax Harbour. The ship sank in only twelve minutes but the entire crew were saved.

Nov 8, 1728 – Captain James Cook Born on this day.  He spent his early career in Canada

 

Weather delays

once again weather is restricting movements into and out of the Harbor. CATHARINA SCHULTE and BOMAR REBECCA were both due at Halterm overnight, but are still sailing around the mouth of the Harbour. the Bulker Algoma Integrity was due to depart from national Gypsum, but remains tied up there.

winds are still strong, at 23 Knots, Gusting to 34, and are forecast to remain so until tomorrow evening, however waves appear to have subsided with a Max height now just 4′ compared with 10′ last night.

UPDATE 0930 – CATHARINA SCHULTE took her pilot and is headed inbound.

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