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2014 Cruise schedule released

The 2014 Halifax Cruise Schedule was released, and Begins on May 4th with the arrival of Celebrity Cruises’ Infinity, and ends Nov 15th with First time visitor Hamburg.

Additional inaugural calls of ships visiting  Halifax for the first time in 2014 include

  • Celebrity Infinity
  • Carnival Splendor
  • Seabourn Quest
  • Crystal Serenity
  • Royal Princess
  • Ruby Princess
  • Legend of the Seas
  • Insignia
  • Hamburg

Maasdam is back as a regular, though Carnival Glory has been replaced by the Carnival Splendor and only in the fall. Also of Note is the Arrival of the Pearl Mist in July, and Again in October. Pearl Mist you may remember was built at Halifax Shipyards, and then laid up in Shelburne over contract disputes. (See Posts Here)

The full schedule can be found at http://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/index.html

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    Hering Cove Weather buoy now online

    The official launch of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy website took place today in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    This new website provides real-time data from the inshore weather buoy that was originally deployed in the waters off Herring Cove, Nova Scotia on November 7, 2013. The data includes high resolution weather and wave forecasting for the Halifax Port Authority and will be used for education and scientific research.
    Its has the ability to provide real-time weather and directional wave information online for shipping operations and recreational boaters. With accurate data, shipping companies will have additional information to safely navigate their vessels through the waterways leading into the Port of Halifax. This technology improves the port’s reliability, and supports better planning and more efficient operations by shippers and others using it.

    Find the Buoy Data at http://www.smartatlantic.ca/Halifax/buoy.php

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    Irving Oil to Replace Wharf?

    Reports are that as a result of the refinery shutdown, Irving Oil is looking to rebuild their wharf at woodside. Irving currently Has a tank farm at woodside, however since their old wharf was condemned, have been accessing it via Imperial Oil. recently core drilling has been taking place in its vicintiy.

    With the Shutdown of the refinery, Other Oil Producers will want to have less reliance on Imperial Oils facilities – Especially Irving, who now operated the only east coast refinery in Canada.

    (Above – Irving Tanker Acadian at Imperial Oil Wharf) See this ShipFax Post for photos of the old Irving Oil Dock

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    Ships loosing power!?!??

    Head over to ShipFax and read his Piece – “It Could Happen Again”

    late on Nov4, OOCL Oakland Outbound lost power in the Narrows. An incident was averted thanks to the use of a tethered tug that was able to stear the ship and stop the ship.

    Probably the worst case scenario is a ship hitting a bridge. The towers are protected by rocks, so they are likely safe, however most of the large container ships must pass directly in the center of the bridge, and then do so with about 2m to spare – the height of an average doorway.

    (Left) You can see on of the tugs tethered to the side of the OOCL vessel. there is another at the rear. This shot is from the MacDonald bridge, and you can see how close the vessel comes.

    I posed some questions to Halifax Harbour Bridges, they were very prompt with their responces. Alison from Halifax Harbour bridges Confirmed they Monitor Marine VHF. And also provided the following about this specific Incident

    On commercial shipping we primarily deal with Halifax Traffic. In this incident a PAN PAN call was not issued. However, we set up for a PAN PAN situation (standard procedure). We remained in a heightened state of readiness until the ship cleared the bridge and was put at anchor. Our operations centre monitored the passage through our zone using our security cameras (standard procedure) .

    HHB routinely conducts drills on emergency procedures internally and in partnership with HRM and the provincial EMO for incidents on, under and around our facilities.

    The ship could also ground. This most recently happened near Woodside on 07 June 1992, the Swedish-flag container/roll-on roll-off vessel “CONCERT EXPRESS” was under the conduct of a pilot in Halifax Harbour in dense fog. During a manoeuvre around a vessel at anchor, the “CONCERT EXPRESS” grounded and sustained extensive hull bottom damage.
    (Photo Below of Concert Express Aground by IOL thanks to Wave Point Consulting)

    Lets also not forget the possibility of a collision with another vessel – HMCS Preserver had power issues not to long ago and Struck the Nova Dock. 

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    Concrete Artificial Reef Balls Off Point Pleasent

    Dominion diving was spotted lowering Concrete shapes into the harbor off Point Pleasent park. The Reef balls were designed to promote marine life, and are being deployed in consultation with Clean Nova Scotia.

    The Reef balls were born out of a desire to offset damaged caused to the Marine environment by the construction of Piers and docks. If an area is damaged due to construction, the use of these shapes can allow an equivalent environment to be created where there was not one previously.

    Dominion and Clean NS are deploying 100 of these blocks – 50 off Point Pleasant, and 50 more off Mcnabs island.

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    Drugs Found in Halifax Shipping Container

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today that a seizure of over 50 kg of cocaine at the Port of Halifax, and destined for Ontario, has resulted in two arrests.

    On August 12, 2013, CBSA officers noted anomalies in X-ray images while examining a marine container containing a shipment of tire changers and balancers from Panama. After further examination officers located and seized 40 bricks of hidden cocaine totalling approximately 53.5 kilograms. The Container likely came off Rotterdam Express at Fairview Cove.

    The narcotics were turned over to the National Ports Enforcement Team (NPET) which is comprised of the CBSA, RCMP and Halifax Regional Police for further investigation.On August 25, 2013, members of the RCMP conducted an operation in the Vaughan area of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) which resulted in two arrests. Three search warrants were also executed as part of this ongoing investigation.