this release was sent out yesterday by ILA 269.
Halterm’s 2 new Rubber Tired gantries arrived 2 weeks ago. I was sent some pictures of them being offloaded. the first unit of the three ordered was delivered in January. The New RTG’s were built by Kone Cranes in Poland.
The Port released their plan for expansion on Wednesday August 29th.
Phase 1 allows for 2 ultra container ships to tie up at Halterm by further expanding pier 42 seaward. This is viewed as a short term solution to meet current needs.This phase of the project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019 and be completed in 2020. the new expansion would be 135 metres long and 65 meters wide, and is expected to Cost 30million dollars to complete.
The port projects a second birth will allow the port to expand to 800,000TEU, vs facing a loss of 400,000teu to American ports by not expanding, and retaining a single birth.
Phase 2 will expand north, filling in the finger piers. This expansion will require additional work in the port, as those finger piers are heavily used. Much of the break bulk traffic will need to be relocated due to this expansion will likely go to pier 9, which previously hosted Nirint, and Could easily accommodate other breakbulk work. Fairview Cove. could be an other option, if that pier is expanded into the sequestration area, and space left for laydown. Note the Phase 1 Pier expansion in the phase 2 illustration bellow has more infill then is shown in the phase 1 plan above.
Cruse Operations are to be expanded, with options to be looked at on both sides of the Harbour for additional capacity. The finger piers are currently used for overflow capacity.
the report also looks at options for dealing with trucks through downtown, and suggests converting truck traffic to rail outside the Halifax area – including constructing transfer points in Moncton, Trenton NS, or in Burnside.
After Musing about creating an update to the One Month of Traffic map from November 2011 – last week i hinted that an update was underway. Well its done. and the final product can be seen above.
As Promised, I also wrote a separate post about how the map was created.
After Musing about creating an update to the One Month of Traffic map from November 2011 – I went back into the data archives, and found the last full month I have August 2016.
So Above is a first look at the data, without context. the 2016 map the data set was huge – 4.6 million lines in the text file – 509mb in size, 2.5 times bigger then the 2011 Map. More vessels now carry AIS – including the ferries, which you can see fanning out in the middle of the map.
As part of this Update, I also have been documenting how I built it, in detail, which will become its own post. If you want to play now, I am giving away the point data above. you can download it here: http://halifaxshippingnews.ca/AugPoints.csv (.csv 115mb) the data includes Lat/Long, Date/time and ships MMSI.
Monday morning, emergency services responded to a body in the harbour by the Mackay bridge. Given the location, and reports that emergency services responded to a technical rescue on the bridge the previous night, led people to assume it was a suicide.
Police, Later in the day, released a statement that a body was recovered from the Harbour, And that the investigation was being turned over to the department of Labour..
The DOL has since issued a stop work order at the harbour infilling site next to Fairview Cove, and the police dive team was seen working in the area. CTV have since reported that the Stop work order was issued to Scotiascapes Landscaping.
This means that not only was someone was involved in a workplace incident but also, and More Importantly, that no one noticed, as there were no other reported calls for service for a workplace incident, only for a body in the water.
We will keep this post updated with the Latest updates.
UPDATE 2018/07 15:00:
Dump truck being pulled from the Halifax Harbour near Africville Park. pic.twitter.com/uzoKSOgKrr
— HRMTrafficker (@HRMtrafficker) July 11, 2018
A dump truck is pulled from Fairview Cove in Halifax. Sources tell @CTVAtlantic the body pulled from Halifax Harbour on Monday was the driver of the truck. The Department of Labour is on scene investigating a workplace accident. A stop-work order has been issued at the site. pic.twitter.com/1SQJJh8Id9
— Cory McGraw (@McgrawCory) July 11, 2018
Divers and small fleet of tow trucks on hand to remove large tandem dump truck from the water at Fairview Cove. Driver’s body recovered Monday. Friends say it didn’t have to happen. Details @CTVAtlantic at 6:00. pic.twitter.com/75Rlg7dMp2
— Bruce Frisko (@BruceFriskoCTV) July 11, 2018
Hours have been on scene of a truck found in the Fairview Cove. It is unconfirmed that this truck has been missing for a few days. It is not known if this is related to a body found near the Mackay Bridge days ago. pic.twitter.com/0h5WPPWQ20
— Halifax Breaking (@HaliBreaking) July 11, 2018
UPDATE 07/12 1000:
Trucks are back to dumping at the site today.
Halifax Consists of 2 CN Subdivisions. The Bedford Sub runs from the Halifax Ocean Terminals to Truro. The Dartmouth Sub runs from Windsor Junction to Autoport in Eastern Passage.
The Dartmouth Sub is unsignaled, and relies on an occupancy control system. the dispatcher issues a set of rules governing the allowed limits of a trains movement.
The Dartmouth Sub runs several trains.
Train 503 is the Burnside Industrial Park Switch Assignment. it is unscheduled. this is also the train assignment that takes autoracks to autoport.
|Mile||Station||CN 407||CN 511||CN 408||CN511|
|16.25||End of Track
Wrights Cove Spur
|8.72||Burnside Industrial Spur “D”
1.2 Miles N
|8.52||Burnside Industrial Spur “B”
0.5 Miles N
|8.39||Burnside Industrial Spur “A”
1.5 Miles N
Connection to CN Bedford Sub
Standby CH 1 161.415mhz
RTC Call in CH 3 160.935mhz
The Bedford Sub Uses CTC – A dispatcher sets signals and remotely configure switches in preparation for the trains. Trains get their clearances from the signals.
Clear and Stop Are pretty easy to understand. The other signals, Limited, Medium, slow and restricted reffer to speed limits
- Track speed. This means whatever the pre-approved speed limit for the track.
- Limited speed. 45 mph.
- Medium speed. 30 mph.
- Slow speed. 20 mph
- Restricting speed. This means an absolute maximum of 15 mph, and the crew must be extra cautious as well as being able to stop in half the distance of vision.
There is a 4 part Video Explanation of the Canadian Signalling System Available Part 1: The basic three light system
Part 2: One and Two Light Systems
Part 3: Diverging and Limited speeds, to and at signals
Part 4: Dwarf Signals
Trains 120/121 : These are the Inbound and outbound Container Trains. 120 Arrives in the morning – typically around 9 or 10 am. 121 assembles itself around 7pm, and departs between 8-9pm. Run Between Toronto BIT and Rockingham.
Train 501: CN Local from Rockingham to Kinsac, and Back. Runs Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. This serves Bedford Quarry, and likely picks up and delivers cars for 407/408 at Kinsac.
VIA Rail – The Ocean: train 15 Departs Halifax at 1200 Wed, Friday, Sunday. Train 14 Arrives at 1735 Monday, Thursday, Saturday.
Via publishes a Schedule in PDF and allows for near realtime tracking by train number, but this third party site shows everything.
| VIA 14
|| CN 120
|| CN 408
|| CN 511
|| CN 501
|| CN 507
|| VIA 15
|| CN 121
|| CN 407
|| CN 511
|| CN 501
|| CN 507
|17:35||0.0||Halifax Ocean Terminal
VIA Rail Station
Deepwater Branch (HIT) 2.4 miles N
Fairview Maintenance Depot
|15.6||Junction with CN Dartmouth Sub|
|1300||36.6||Junction with National Gypsum||0805|
Canada Cement Spur 2.8 miles S
Connection to CN Springhill Sub
Standby CH 1, 161.415mhz
RTC Call in CH 8, 161.025mhz
CN 308/305 is a Daily Run from Toronto Macmillian to Moncton (and Return) This is the main East/West General Freight.
CN Runs Local 515 from Truro to Brookfield (Canada Cement) weekdays. Also Train 534 runs Moncton to Amherst (no schedule)
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.
Halterm yesterday announced the purchase of new equipment.
The terminal will be spending 10Million Dollars over the next year to increase refer capacity by 25%, as well as purchasing 3 Kone Rubber Tire Gantries (or RTG). The 3 units are expected to be delivered in February (1) and October (2) of next year. The New RTG’s will straddle a container stack 5 high, and 6 wide.
The terminal also recently began scraping the 3 original container cranes. Small, and unused, they took up space at the end of the pier.
This continues a recent history of new equipment since the Installation of the New Super Post Panamax Cranes in 2014. Earlier this year the Terminal took delivery of new Kone Reachstackers
Kalmar Ottawa Yard tractors and Toplifts.