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Drug Runners and Other Weekly News Bits #3

its been a slow news week…

News

1. New Maersk Service

In May, Maersk announced a new MMX service to Montreal and Halifax. Yesterday they announced a new Southeast Asia service that will connect with MMX. Maersk Line’s AE6 service will connect ports Ningbo, Shanghai , Yantian ,and Maersk’s facility at Tanjung Pelapas, from which the AE6 sails non-stop to Algeciras Spain. From Algeciras cargo will be transferred to the MMX service to sail non-stop to Montreal, followed by Halifax.

2. COVE

COVE opened at the former Dartmouth Coast Guard Base.

3. Strike!
Halifax shipyard workers deliver 48hour strike notice after rejecting contract.

4. It doesn’t matter if your black or White.

the Lunenburg based Barque Picton Castle to repaint her hull white

Interesting

Last weekend brought an extended stop for the Container Ship Aracia on the Maersk/CMA-CGM service. Word is the ship was detained by Border Services. Earlier in the week unmarked divers were spotted in the water off Halterm, and on arrival, the Aracia was boarded and searched, including and underwater hull survey by dominion diving. It was also noted while this was going on the RCMP dive team was working in the Harbour. The speculation is that the ship was going to be used to smuggle drugs on the underside of the hull from Canada to Europe. we can guess it was export, since the ship previously called in Montreal.

Running drugs on the bottom of boat hulls is not uncommon, and apparently sometimes successful. The sailing vessel Schwalb  was apparently running drugs when it arrived in Halifax, and subsequently abandoned. When crews went to remove pollutants after she went ashore, they discovered fittings on the hull suggesting the boat was rigged to smuggle drugs.

Last week in History

June 9 1944 – HMCS Haida and Huron, with 6 other allied ships, engaged and sunk 2 German destroyers.

June 11 1813 – Schooner Liverpool Packet is Captured by the US Privateer Thomas.

June 12 1912 – The last victim of the sinking of RMS Titanic, steward James McGrady, was buried at Fairview Cemetery

June 13 1984 – Halifax’s first tall ships event (Photos, more photos)

 

Drug Smuggling Container ship.

The June 9/10 weekend brought an extended stop for the Container Ship Aracia on the Maersk/CMA-CGM service. Word is the ship was detained by Border Services. Earlier in the week unmarked divers were spotted in the water off Halterm, and on arrival, the Aracia was boarded and searched, including and underwater hull survey by dominion diving. It was also noted while this was going on the RCMP dive team was working in the Harbour. The speculation is that the ship was being used to smuggle drugs on the underside of the hull from Canada to Europe.

UPDATE: 3 Men from BC and Ontario were arrested with diving Gear in the case of the Arica. CBSA Reports that 150kg of cocaine were found in the ships sea chest. A sea chest is an indent in the hull where intakes for sea water are located.

 

Weekly News Bits

Welcome to the Second Installment of the Weekly news bits.

The News

1.CSS Acadia

CBC News reported that the neglect of the CSS Acadia continues, with her below deck areas closed to the public due to mold. The province has a condition report on the ship, but recommendations are redacted. The Acadia turned 100 in 2013. One thing to note – I don’t recall Acadia being drydocked since 2008  – though she was turned at the pier at some point.

2. Incidents

the french cable ship Ile de Aix leaked oil into the harbour and was detained by transport canada. the Sheen on the water was first noticed by a Halifax Transit ferry Captain

The Chem Norma Was freed after running aground off Morrisburg Ont. You will never guess what she became stuck on.

3. Navy Movements

HMCS Shawinigan sailed on June 1st for the Caribbean.

HMCS Ville De Quebec will Replace HMCS St. Johns in the Med in July. This is a noteworthy deployment as Ville de Quebec will carry the first deployed operational Cyclone Air Detachment, with HMCS St. Johns returning with the last deployed Seaking.

4. Bar Harbor Coming Back?

Bay Ferries is debating moving the Yarmouth ferry from Portland to Bar Harbor. Rather then alternating destinations, the service would exclusively serve Bar Harbor.

Interesting

G-Captain brings us photos of ship breaking in Alang India.

Last week in history

June 1 1813 – HMS Shannon defeats USS Chesapeake off Boston, bringing the US ship to Halifax as a prize. The battle brought the line “Don’t Give up the Ship” – which the Boston Globe had something to say about.

June 3 1942 – The Battle of Midway Turns the War in the Pacific in the Allies Favor.

June 4 1977 – Canada Proclaims the 200 nautical mile EEZ.

June 6  1813 – HMS Shannon sails into Halifax with the Chesapeake

June 6 1944 – D-Day. The Allied invasion of Europe in the second World War.

 

Line up at Fairview Cove

Today brought 4 callers for Fairview Cove, though the last one will have to wait until morning. first to arrive was first time caller PAXI, who took the west end birth. an hour latter,  Berlin Bridge arrived taking the east end of Fairview Cove.

Paxi is a first time caller to Halifax, and was built in 2014. she is scheduled to sail at 2230 tonight, in order to facilitate the arrival of Atlantic Sun in the West End Birth.

Atlantic Sun is scheduled to sail at 0430 tomorrow, making for a very quick stop.

Berlin bridge sailed in time for MOL Partners Arrival, though MOL Partners Size precludes calling at the east end birth. She took to Anchor, and will move to the west end birth at 6am after Atlantic Sun Sails.

The Return of Weekly News Bits

from 2008 to 2010 I ran posts with weekly news summaries. I stopped for some reason, but have been inspired by Halifax Re-tails and the 5 year anniversary of their weekly summaries – So today marks the first Thursday installment  covering the various happenings that didn’t warrant a post of their own.

I’m open to Suggestions for a better name then Weekly News Bits.

The News

The Chemical Tanker MT Chem Norma ran aground after a steering failure in the Saint Lawrence near Morrisburg Ont. on the 29th. There is no pollution, and tugs are on scene. The best coverage of this incident is being provided by SeawayNNY and PrescottAnchor on twitter.

On Wednesday, a 53′ container was knocked overboard from the Oceanex Sanderling into the water during cargo operations at pier 41.

The RCN sail training ship HMCS Oriole (above) is now assigned to Marlant. She was previously based in BC, came east last year for canada 150 events, and underwent a refit in Lunenburg over the winter. She is now bound for a Great lakes tour.

Boat builder ABCO, Also of Lunenburg will be building Aluminum landing craft for the new AOPS under construction at the Halifax Shipyard. (below)

In other shipbuilding news, The feds signed a contract with Vancouver’s Seaspan to begin construction on up to 52 of the blocks that will make of the 2 ships. the construction will begin in advance, to fill a lull between coast guard vessels.

US Navy Submarine USS Toledo spent the past weekend in  Shearwater for the memorial day weekend. the US navy traditionally sends a vessel every memorial day weekend for a ceremony at the graves of US Servicemen who died as POWs and are buried on Deadmans island in the NW Arm. USS Toledo was previously here for NATO Exercises in September 2016.

With the 1 year anniversary of the loss of the SorcaCBC Reports on a legal battle between the ships owner and its insurer Llyods.

With Summer around the corner, I’ts a good time to link to Mario Vittone’s Article Drowning Doesnt look like drowning this is an important read if you hang out near the water. If you plan on operating a vessel this summer, you may need a Pleasure craft operator Card. Good news, you can get it online. We did a Full Post – So You Want to be a Captain, which covers the requirements to operate various vessels.

 

This Week in History

May 30 1950 – RCMP Schooner St. Roch arrives in Halifax, completing the first Circumnavigation of North America.

May 29 1914 – CP Liner Empress of Ireland collides with Storstad near Rimouski, sinking in 14 minutes

May 28 1782 – US Privateer Jack is defeated by HMS Observer after a 90 minute engagement off Sambro Island Light

May 26 1941 – the Royal navy sinks the German battleship Bismark.

May 24 1941 – the German battleship  Bismark sinks HMS Hood

 

Theodore Too to Summer in Saint John

For whatever reason (probably waterfront construction) Theodore Too will spend the summer operating out of Saint John NB. a fixture of the Halifax Waterfront, He has traveled before with the Tall ships regatta, into the US, and the great lakes on good will tours. Work as a promotional piece for Halifax is a good reason for him to travel, though moving him to liven up the Saint John waterfront is weak. (Send the Harbour Hoppers, Haligonians seem to hate those)

the TV Show Theodore Tugboat ran between 1993 and 2001. The Big Harbour is based on Halifax, and Theodore himself is the personification of the Tugs at Eastern Towing and Salvage, such as Point Vim (below). the models and the Set from the show are on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Maersk Adds Second Weekly Call.

Maersk Line yesterday announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe’s Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.

The fully Maersk Line-operated weekly Med/Montreal express(MMX) service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain). The exclusive Maersk-operated service, the Med / Montreal Express, will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.

The new service will call Montreal’s Cast terminal, operated by MGT, which is conveniently located closest to the ocean and offers easy access to rail and trucking options.

In addition, the service will make an Eastbound call in Halifax, Nova Scotia, catering for an important Canadian perishable market and facilitating refrigerated shipments of foodstuff traditionally exported from Canadian Maritime Provinces.

The New Service will compete with ZIM’s ZCI service, and The Alliance’s AL6

Maersk will be maintaining its long standing CAE Service, which makes a weekly call on Saturday with stops in Bremerhaven, Antwerp and Rotterdam.

Acadia Desgagnés at pier 25

The general cargo ship Acadia Desgagnés arrived at pier 25 this morning. She will be reflaged to Canada. Transport Desgagnés operates a number of vessels running re-supply trips to the arctic. rather then lay the ships up over the winter, they are re-flagged and chartered out over the winter, before returning to Canada for the summer.

Built in China in 2013, She was acquired by Transport Desgagnés in the spring of 2017, undergoing refit in Shelburne. before taking up arctic duties.

 

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