Truck Flip at Halterm

Yesterday there reports of a Truck rolling over at Halterm. The driver was ok. And no other details were provided.

I Have since learned that one of the twist locks broke off the spreader on Crane 4 (the one closest to pier 36), releasing the container from one end 8 ft high and the rest fell. The container hit the chassis on its side, and rolled the chassis and tractor over.


More halterm crane details

We previously reported that halterms new cranes were scheduled to ship on June 8. We now know they will be delivered by ZPMC’s vessel “Zhenhua 19” registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The information is contained in an application for a coasting trade licence to allow the vessel to
be used to reposition the old smaller gantry crane from pier 42 to pier 36 at the Halterm. This confirms the fate of the crane at pier 42, Which would have been in the way, and would need to be moved or scrapped.

 We also now know that the cranes are due July 15, based on the dates provided in the Costing licence Application.


2013 Cruise Schedule

The 2013 Cruise schedule has been released. Begining in May , and running until October, All of the Usual ships return, Including the weekly trips by both Massdam and Carnival Glory.

Notable in Absence is Disney Cruise Lines, Who sailed here last year for the first time.
I Note that the schedule is available at http://www.cruisehalifax.ca/our-visitors/index.html however there was not a press release issued – this suggests that the schedule is not yet complete, however it is typically released in Early Febuary.


Port to Install Shore Power for Cruise Ships

The Port of Halifax will be the first port in Atlantic Canada to implement shore power for cruise ships, beginning with the 2014 cruise season.

I suspect The Port Authority will be the customer to NS Power. They will buy the power at the market rate, mark it up and sell it to the crusie ship, as just another fee. As the Port is the Customer of NS Power the customer is responsible for equipment on thier premise. I see no reason to involve NSP in this Project.

The Question that should be asked of the port however, is why is it not funding the project themselves? They do collect a fee for every vessel and Passenger, which amounts to ~ $30,000/day/crusie ship for a 1 day stopover (Based on 2009 rates).

From the Release:
Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked. This initiative represents the second shore power installation for cruise ships in Canada.

Once installed, shore power at the Port of Halifax will have immediate benefits by decreasing cruise ship idling by seven per cent, and will contribute to improved air quality and human health. This percentage is expected to increase over time as more ships equipped for shore power use the facilities. The seven per cent reduction represents an annual decrease of approximately 123,000 litres of fuel and 370,000 kg of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.  

Full TC Release here


Tundra Aground off Sorel PQ.

The Bulker Tundra, Which departed Montreal for Halifax loaded with soyabeans on Wendsday, ran aground outside the channel off Sorel-Tracy Quebec. No word on cause or damage, but water levels are very low in the St. Lawerence system this year.

CTV is reporting that the Halifax Grain Elevator is also filling up, as exports increase due to the cancelation of the Wheat Boards monopoly. Farmers can now sell their wheat directly, and Buyers are responsible for shipping. No wheat was exported from Halifax in 2009.

1800AST Updated With TSB Photo

UPDATE 12/2 via boatnerd.com – On Saturday morning, four Group Ocean tugs were attempting to pull the grounded freighter Tundra from her strand. The tugs were Duga, Ocean Charlie, Ocean Jupiter and Ocean Ross Gaudrault.

Image by Gitou via ship spotting.com

UPDATE 12/3 ais still shows her in position, so the attempt was unsuccessful

UPDATE 12/4 There is a Live webcam of the Tundra http://www.marinfo.gc.ca/fr/Glaces/camera.asp?camera_no=18&player_no=1  (Requires Windows Media Player)

UPDATE 12/5 – Looks like lightering operations have begun. Tugs and Barge are in attendance. (Image from the above webcam, note time is in EST)

UPDATE 12/5 1300AST – Shes free and underway.