1.No Offshore Oil BP is giving up Half its NS Exploration licenses. Earlier this year shell returned them all. this suggests very limited returns in Nova Scotia’s Offshore. the CNSOPB recently listed 2 parcels off sable island for bid. these are neighbors to the Sable Gas and Deep Panuke projects which recently shutdown.
2.Magnetic Pole the Magnetic north pole – the point at which all compasses actually point is moving alot faster all of a sudden, and is leading to problems with Charts. The movement is known as variation, and is typically x degrees per year.
3.misdeclared Cargo Maersk will begin spot checking contents of containers at some ports in a bid to weed out mis declared cargo. HNS Cargo can be misdecalered through oversight, or in a bid by shippers to save money.
4.This week in the Herald
this week in the Herald, I talk about places of refuge. The Yantain Express has requested a place of refuge (Halifax) from the Government of Canada.
1.this is pretty. What markings on ships mean. this is interesting, and beautifully photographed.
Today brought the arrival of the CMA-CGM Libra, the largest container ship to call in halifax to date. She is Rated at 11,388TEU. Built in 2010, and flagged in Malta, the ship is calling on the Columbus loop service.
The Largest container ship to cal in Cnada so far, was the COSCO Himalayas, which tied up at the Prince Rupert Fairview Terminal November 14-19/2017. that ship is rated for 14,500 Teu
In a bid to Cut costs, ZIM Started a New Canada Florida Express service, and stopped calling in halifax on the ZCP Service. The ZCA Service remained unchanged, while ZCI service began being marketed by The Alliance as AL7, after they canceled the Halifax call of their competing AL6 service.
Maersk added a New weekly Med/Montreal Express (MMX) Serivce with a call in Halifax with its first call in early august. Halifax was dropped from the service in November.
The Boa Barge 37 arrived to facilitate launching of the AOPS at the shipyard at the end of April. The first ship received its final coat of paint in August, was launched in September, and was named HMCS Harry DeWolf in a Ceremony at the shipyard. AOPS #2, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, had the Center and stern megablocks rolled out and joined at the end of September, and the keel laying ceremony for AOPS #3, the future HMCS Max Bernays was held December 5th. The feds also announced they were going ahead with a 6th AOPS, after splitting the Halifax Class Maintenance contract between Halifax shipyard and Davie.
Davie completed the conversion of the former Vidar Viking, into the Medium Icebreaker CCGS Captain Molly Kool.
The Norwigan Frigate, KNM Helge Ingstad sunk after a collision with a tanker. The Norwegian accident investigation board’s interim report suggest the hull has a design or construction flaw, which caused the loss of the ship.
3.Montreal Montreal longshoreman voted 99.5% in favour of striking. the vote is merely symbolic, as they are under mediation until the end of February, and the vote is only valid for 60 days. Another vote would need to be held.
Jan 9, 1978 – A severe storm strikes the east coast, causing a great deal of destruction and coastal flooding from Virginia to Nova Scotia. Jan 8, 1943 – The first tanker convoy from Trinidad to North America was attacked by a U-boat Wolf Pack. seven of the nine tankers were sunk.
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has responded to a complaint by Heiltsuk Horizon Maritime Services, recommending a review of a key performance requirement in the process to procure two emergency towing vessels for the protection of Canada’s West Coast.
As a bid participant, Heiltsuk Horizon – a partnership of majority partner Heiltsuk Nation of Bella Bella, British Columbia and Horizon Maritime Services Limited, registered a complaint last August that the winning supplier did not meet important safety requirements of the tender process.
I wrote about the issues with the towing contract in this Chronicle Herald Piece when the Atlantic Towing vessels headed west. Heiltsuk Horizon has not publicly disclosed the vessels they bid on the project, though based on other charters they were likely tidewater tugs.
a letter to Heiltsuk Horizon, the Tribunal recommends the Department of
Public Works and Government Services Canada reevaluate the “bollard
pull” (towing power) of the
vessels in all bids received and also awards Heiltsuk Horizon costs
incurred in submitting the complaint.
“The contract was awarded in the absence of the required proof that the vessels met the mandated towing power,” said Chief Operating Officer Steven Widmeyer, Horizon Maritime Services Limited. “We hope this recommendation leads to a reconsideration of our Heiltsuk Horizon vessels, which are in accordance with recommendations of the 2018 Emergency Towing Vessel Needs Assessment by the Clear Seas Center for Responsible Marine Shipping.”
CITT letter recommends no further expenditures be made on the awarded
contract until a review is complete and also lays out potential actions
to be taken post-review,
including cancellation of the existing contract.
Heiltsuk Nation, currently in reconciliation discussions with Canada,
teamed up with Horizon Maritime to form Heiltsuk Horizon, following the
Nathan E. Stewart oil spill in its territory in October 2016.
today brought two quick stops for break bulk Cargo. break bulk is the term for large cargos that need to be handled individually – Typically machinery or Assemblies. (Above) The CIL Pride tied up this morning at Fairview cove, for a cargo move of some sort. (Below) the DANZIGERGRACHT arrvied last night, and discharged 3 wind turbine blades at Pier 9 this morning. Both ships are scheduled to sail this afternoon
the Thorco Liva (Above) is back, having previously worked on a cable project. It may be here to discharge the cable tanks from her holds. Note the ship is now branded Thorco Projects, as opposed to Thorco Shipping.
Not pictured is the Onego Rio, which tied up yesterday at Pier 27 with a load of rail for CN.