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Collision in Vancouver Harbour.

Sunday morning there was a collision between two ships in Vancouver Harbour. The Inbound, laden bulk Carrier Caravos Harmony struck the anchored bulk carrier Pan Acacia. The Caravos Harmony, with pilot aboard, was heading to anchor for bunkers after sailing from Tacoma Wa. The collision happened just after midnight.

 The Caravos harmony suffered damage to the ships bow. The Pan Acacia was holed amidships above the waterline, possibly from Caravos Harmony’s protruding anchor hawse pipe. Fortunately there were no reports of Injury or Pollution. 

From the AIS tracks available online, it appears as though the Caravos Harmony was slowing as it approached an anchorage, before it collided with the Pan Acacia. I have been told that ship had lost power. The ship actually made 2 course changes towards the Pan Acacia, which I was told by an official with the Pacific Pilotage Authority was the result of the ships stern being pushed around by a 3 knot current, and the second course change was caused by the crew dropping the wrong anchor in an attempt to avoid a collision.

The Caravos Harmony loosing power is all the more problematic, when one looks up the ship in the Paris MOU Port State inspection Database . The Ship was inspected in Port Moody B.C. between June 14-19 2018, and 3 deficiencies were noted. The Engine room was found to be Unclean, The Main Propulsion Engine was found to produce insufficient power, and the Bilge pumping arrangements were not as required. while the database does not identify the specific issues, the ship was not detained.

The Caravos Harmony Sailed for Inchon Korea early morning Tuesday the 19th. the Pan Acacia remains at anchor for repair work.

CCGS Capt. Molly Kool Tows.

CG Photo

The Jana Desgagnes, lost its steering approx. 16 nautical miles southwest of Port aux Basques. the cause is likely Ice damage to the rudder. The CCGS Captain Molly Kool took the ship under tow through ice, in what is an impressive tow in difficult conditions.

The Jana Desgagnes is an ice class products tanker run by the Quebec based Desgagnes Group.

The tow was taken on the grounds of preventing pollution. Historically the CG has not offered tows, or intervened with insufficient time to allow for a plan B. The CG reports they are awaiting commercial Tugs. However why does the coast guard not simply complete the tow and charge commercial rates. – certainly the funds could be used for fleet renewal.

The Heavy icebreaker CCGS Louis Ste Laurent is standing by on scene as well.

Ferry Troubles in Quebec.

The Province of Quebec has a Ferry Problem, and it keeps getting worse in Spectacular ways.

La Société des Traversiers du Quebec (STQ) operates a ferry service year round from Matane to Baie-Comeau and Godbout Quebec. Without it, there is a 10-12 hour trip to a bridge to cross the St Lawrence river at Quebec city. The detour shortens somewhat with Seasonal Ferries in service.

In 2015, the brand new, F-A Gauthier went into service. the Ferry was built by Fincantieri in Italy, and is powered by LNG. this past December, it was pulled from service due to a technical issue, and drydocked. there is no timeline for its return, however there are reports it may be back in service in August.

STQ was able to borrow a boat from CMTA, due to the seasonal nature of the service, however that was only usable for so long. The STQ needed a long term solution, and was able to acquire the veteran ferry Apollo, which was serving between St. Barbe, N.L. and Blanc Sablon PQ, crossing the Straight of Belle Isle. The Woodward group, who own and operate the ferry have a replacement vessel Qajaq w in service this year as the permanent replacement for the 49 year old boat.

STQ purchased the Apollo for 2.1 million dollars in January, and promptly put it into service. What seemed like a good long term solution became problematic, after only a few weeks in service, the Ferry struck the dock in Godbout February 25th. The boat was repaired, and returned to service March 8, but 8 days latter, on march 16, struck the dock in Matane.

The First Collision in Godbout.

The second collision proved to be the fatal blow, as a more detailed inspection by the TSB raised concerns about the seaworthiness of the Vessel, including corrosion, issues with water tightness, and electrical problems. STQ has permanently docked the vessel, after spending 3.5 million on it.

However it gets worse – As the Quebec government is now stating that Transport Canada inspected the Apollo in 2018, and again when it was sold in January, and determined it was safe. The Transportation Safety board told the Saltwire network however they were expanding the investigation to look at the ferries operation in Newfoundland, as there recent inspections uncovered damage from previous incidents, that appear to have gone unreported.

This raises serious questions about the quality and competence of Transport Canada Inspectors. Concerns have been raised recently about TC inspectors, as at the criminal trial of the Marathasa, the judge found one of the inspectors to not be a credible witness.

The Marathasa was a new build bulk carrier that spilled bunker fuel into Vancouver’s English Bay. the ship faced criminal charges for the pollution incident, but was acquitted when they presented a Due Diligence defense. having one of the prime witnesses for the crown to be deemed not credible by the judge certainly went along way to advancing the defense’s position.

the TSB report into the Apollo, when it is released, should make for an interesting read.

CCGS Louis St. Laurent at Pier 9

The CCGS Louis St. Laurent ,the Coast Guards second oldest ship, and one of 2 heavy icebreakers arrived in port Monday. On Arrival, she topped up the tanks at the Irving Oil Wharf. and then moved to the basin off BIO, before tieing up at Pier 9 Tuesday morning.

Formerly based in Halifax, the ship was moved to St. John’s Newfoundland. The ship is likely here for Supplies and crew change, but given the proximity to the end of the federal fiscal year, may be on some budget maximization exercise until April 1.

edit – yah i know, i had the other Saint John.

Hi All,

i know posting has been thin this month. it should return to normal shortly.

In the beginning I was tied up prepping for an exam. That exam sent someone to the hospital. I know that’s vague, but not much has been said publicly, and its not my place to say more.
Suffice to say, I was distracted, and needed some time.

I have updated the map, which should hopefully speed up page load times. there’s a few other things in the works, and you should see posts again this week.

Thanks,
-Peter

Weekly News #39

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News

1.Fire
the bulker St Clair, Laid up in Toledo Ohio Caught fire, and burned for 2 days. An Algoma Bulker laid up in Port Colburne Ontario, the Algoma Guardian, also in winter layup suffered a smoke condition due to an overheated Transformer.

2.Fireboats

This week I make the case for Halifax Fire to get a new Fireboat, and for the Feds to pay for it. Shipfax has a good overview of the history of the craft in Halifax.

3.ECTug Sold
the Foundation Maritime property has been sold to develop Nova Scotia – formerly waterfront Development. Hopefully they wont ruin one of the last vestiges of the industrial waterfront. The Waterfront Warehouse, Salvage shed, and dispatch building were all part of the Foundation maritime company.

4.Feds looking for interm icebreaker
The Coast Guard is looking to procure a Light Icebreaker for use in the Great Lakes and St Lawrence river. The Vessel would also tend to navaids, and SAR Duties. The CCGS Earl Grey, based in Halifax is one variation of light icebreaker currently in use.  The government is looking to procure an existing vessel, and modify it to suit, with the actual contract award for the winter 20/21 time frame. 
OR
They could just re-assign the Earl Grey to the lakes, and pick up another medium or the Heavy that Davie Proposed. The Samuel Risley is the twin of earl Grey, and is assigned to the lakes now.

Interesting

  1. Ice Class vs Ice Breaker Marine Insight offers a good article on Ice class ships, vs icebreakers

History

Feb 21 1796: Halifax harbour freezes over.
Feb 20 1797: Nelson is promoted to Rear Admiral of the Blue
Feb 18 1846: US Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft officially changed term “larboard” to “port” to avoid confusion
Feb 18 1815: The United States ratifies the Treaty of Ghent, thus ending the War of 1812

Better late then Never. the weekly news #38

News

1.MSPV Unstable

CBC is reporting that the newish Mid Shore patrol vessels bob about uncomfortably. though the design is proven, the Canadian boats were built without stabilizes (that the USCG boats have) and the RHIB arrangement can make them top heavy.

We covered the construction program for these ships.

2.Im not Dead yet
The CCGS Hudson refit was awarded to Newdock in St John’s Newfoundland. the ship is being stripped before heading to the yard for the 25th.

3.West Coast Catches up
The Haida Gwaii Observer wrote about the Alam Sayang, a ship that was disabled off the BC Coast, that I wrote about last week. its a problem when the first public telling of the story comes from the east coast

4.Sunken Frigate
the Helge Ingstad will need 6 days of good weather to be lifted and moved.

5. Ships Start here
CSC Design contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin/BAE in an announcement last Friday at the shipyard.

6. This Week in the Herald

This week i talk about the ship source oil pollution fund, its recent wins in court, and how the province should claim costs for the Miners removal.

Interesting

this is worth a Zoom in.

History

Feb 14 – Battle of St Vincent’s were the British defeated the Spanish off Portugal.
Feb 13 1779 – James cook is killed by natives in the Hawaiian islands.
Feb 10 1722 – Bartholomew Roberts is killed in battle. He is better known as the pirate Black Bart

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