TSB Report into Arca1 Grounding

The Transportation Safety Board released its report into the Grounding of the Arca 1 Off Sydney NS.  The investigation found that

the main propulsion clutch was not checked and adjusted before or during the voyage as per the manufacturer’s recommendation. As a result, the clutch failed due to slippage, causing the loss of port propulsion and a reduction of vessel speed. The loss of speed increased the time required to reach Sydney, preventing the vessel’s arrival before weather deteriorated. The vessel gradually could not continue moving forward in the severe weather, causing it to drift to the west. The anchor was deployed to attempt to secure the vessel, but it could not hold and the vessel continued to drift further west towards the shore until it ran aground.

as well, the report notes

the master was not qualified to act as master of the vessel and the motorman was not qualified to act as chief engineer. Voyage planning was carried out in a manner that was not consistent with best practices, as contingencies and limitations were not taken into account.

You can read the Report Here (PDF).


APL Salalah – Biggest Container Ship yet

(Port of Halifax Photo via Facebook)

APL Salalah is due to arrive at Halterm in the pre dawn hours of Sunday morning and  will become the record holder for the largest containership to call in Halifax. ZIM Rotterdam Holds the record now at 10,064 TEU, and set it with her first arrival in June 2017. She and her sisters are now regular callers.

APL Slaah, now owned by french Shipping line CMA-CGM comes in at 10,960 TEU, handily beating the previous record. She is currently set to sail again after dark, so good pictures are unlikely.

Sunday Update – the Walkway along the Sea side of halter was gated shut, SO not even a photo from there was possible.


Miraculous Ace Anchors for Inspection

The Pure Car Truck Carrier Miraculous Ace arrived over the noon hour and took to anchor in the Basin for Asian Gypsy Moth Inspection. She is scheduled to move to Autoport Monday Morning.

The Ship is Owned by Mitsui O.S.K, the Japanese shipping company. Its Container Ships travel under the MOL Branding, for Mitsui OSK Lines. That container Business is Merging with the other 2 Japanese Container lines, K-Line and NYK to form a new venture, Ocean Network Express, which is slated to begin April 1st of this year.

All of Mitsui OSK’s car carriers end in the Ace Suffix, and feature the Blue and white Paint scheme


Breaking:Nordika Desgagnés Loses Steering Off Cape Breton

The Nordika Desgagnés has lost steering off cape breton. She Sailed from Montreal bound for Sydney Austrailia. CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is on scene and A tug has been dispatched by the vessel owner to tow the Nordika Desgagnes to Port.

(Above)  current location via Marine Traffic. (Below) CCGS On Scene Photo.

This Story will be continually be updated at http://blog.halifaxshippingnews.ca/2018/03/breakingnordika-desgagnes-looses-steering-off-cape-breton.html

UPDATE 03/16 12:00:
the ship is apparently facing some weather, and is still in roughly the same area of the Ocean.

The M/V Nordika Desgagnés, a multi-purpose cargo ship built in 2010. With a length of143meters, she has a dead weight of17,000tons and a carrying capacity of nearly 20,000cubic meters excluding the main deck, at a draft of 9.70meters. She is equipped with two cranes of 250tons capacity each which can be combined to lift a total of 500tons,has an additional80-ton crane, holds an ice class equivalent to Lloyd’s 1A and can reach a speed of 15knots. a full spec sheet is available (PDF)

UPDATE 13:14:
Reports are that she is now bound for Port Hawksbury under tow by supply vessel Atlantic Tern

UPDATE 16:00:

CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell was relieved by CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. apparently Atlantic Larch attempted the tow first last night, but the tow line failed.

Final Update: the Nordika Desgagnés has been towed to Port Hawksbury, reportedly with Hull damage after one of her cranes came loose. the Tug, Atlantic Tern tied up in Halifax over the weekend.


Jumbo Delivers New Work Boat

The Jumbo Shipping vessel Stellaprima arrived today at pier 9 to unload a work-boat.

The Dominion Warrior is being brought over from Gibraltar. Built as Coastal Warrior, and purchased by Dominion Diving, the work boat is barge like in appearance with a small superstructure and large work area. A Common vessel layout in Europe, these type of work-boats are uncommon in Canadian waters.


Car Carrier at Pier 9

The car carrier Toscana tied up at pier 9 over night. The lay down area is currently obstructed with drill pipe, and she is showing no departure time so she may be waiting for the area to clear.

Car carriers typically offload cars at autoport, and heavy equipment at the Ocean Terminals, though the odd stop at Fairview Cove is not unheard of.

In 2015 the Glovis Century offloaded a portion of her cargo so she could sail to Montreal to pick up some military equipment bound for Europe.


Derailment in Rockingham Yard

Looks like a couple of empty cars were pushed beyond the end of track, causing a derailment. This occurred on the yard tracks, so it was likely a low speed affair. CN has recently made a number of changes to the tracks here.


2018 Cruise Schedule Announced.

Yesterday the port released its 2018 cruise schedule. You can read it here.

The 2018 cruise season in Halifax will get underway on April 22, 2018 with the arrival of Fram, a Hurtigruten vessel who was last here in 2010. 2018 includes 10 scheduled inaugural calls starting with the arrival of Norwegian Bliss, a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, on April 30, 2018. The other 9 include Victory II (June 3), Carnival Horizon (May 21), Asuka 2 (May 22), Hebridean Sky (May 30) ,Adventure of the Seas (June 6), AIDAvita (June 17), Ocean Dream (July 10), Star Pride (Sept 5)and Norwegian Escape (Sept 21)

Other Notable visits include Three visits from Disney Magic on September 17, September 22 and October 2 but only One visit from Queen Mary 2 on October 5. October 9 is expected to be the busiest passenger day with over 11,000 cruise guests on five vessels


Sambro Light

The need for a landfall lighthouse for Halifax was apparent early on, and in 1752 a lottery was formed to fund the construction. It failed to raise the necessary funds, and the first act passed by the first legislature in 1758 was a tax on ships to fund the light. The Nova Scotia Archives recently released a number of documents and photos related to the Light, including the Tax Records for the lighthouse funding.

Landfall lighthouses are tall structures, designed so that the light can be seen at a great distance, to point ships to a harbour. The light is octagonal in shape, and constructed of masonry, covered with wooden shingles due to early moisture issues.the Sambro Island Light is visible for 24 Nautical miles (44km)

(Above) Sambro Island Light as built, An additional 22′ of height was added in 1906 to increase the lights Range.

(above) the Heightening of the Sambro Light. Photos from the Department of Transportation Albums at the Nova Scotia Archives. (below) the completed tower. the Red White the stripes were added in 1908.

The Sambro Light is the oldest Lighthouse in North America and the Caribbean. Louisburg’s lighthouse was originally built in 1733, but was destroyed by the British during the Siege of Louisburg. Boston Light location dates to 1716, but the original was destroyed in 1776 by the British, during the revolutionary war. The current light was rebuilt on the foundations of the original light in 1783.

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