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.


HRM Messes with Garbage Collection

The Chronicle Herald is reporting that a company that handles international garbage has been ordered to stop using the Legrows maritime facility (Located near the Dartmouth side of the MacDonald Bridge), as it contravenes zoning bylaw’s.

International garbage is garbage from foreign vessels that must be treated to ensure no invasive species are able to escape into the environment. Ships Typically Load it directly onto the Barge, where it is taken to the Dartmouth Dock at Legrows for transfer. I suspect the vessels Agents contract this work on behalf of the lines, though it is doubfull there is more then one supplier of the service in halifax.

The Tug Gulf Spray, and the Barge are registered to Larinda Ltd. of Halifax.


Q is for Quarantine – Carnival Glory and the NoroVirus

The Recent outbreak of Norovirus at a local resturaunt, now seeming to have come from the passengers  of the cruise ship Carnival Glory brings up the topic of Quarantine .

Today ships fly the Q flag to indicate that they have not yet cleared customs, However in the past, the Flag was used to indicate that there was an illness aboard  ship. Canada has a Quarantine act that applies to marrine traffic.

The Act states: 12.
(1) Where, in the course of a voyage of a vessel to one of the ports referred to in subsection (3), (a) a member of the crew or a passenger on board the vessel has
 (i) died,
 (ii) had a temperature of 38°C (100°F) or greater that persisted for two days or more or was accompanied or followed by a rash, jaundice or glandular swelling, or
 (iii) suffered from diarrhea severe enough to interfere with that person’s work or normal activity,

 the person in charge of the vessel shall, by radio at least 24 hours prior to the vessel’s estimated time of arrival at its port of destination and between the hours of 9 o’clock in the forenoon and 5 o’clock in the afternoon, notify the quarantine officer at the quarantine station designated in subsection (3) for that port of the occurrence and provide him with the information described in subsection (2).

(2) The information to be provided to the quarantine officer pursuant to subsection (1) is
(a) the name and nationality of the vessel;
(b) the ports called at during the voyage of the vessel;
 (c) the nature of the cargo on board the vessel;
 (d) the number of persons comprising the crew of the vessel;
(e) the number of passengers on board the vessel;
 (f) the port of destination of the vessel and the name of the vessel’s owner or, if the owner is not in Canada, the name of the vessel’s agent in Canada;
 (g) the condition of all persons on board the vessel and details of any death or illness occurring during the voyage;
(h) whether the body of any person is being carried on the vessel;
(i) the estimated time of arrival of the vessel at the port of destination;
 (j) the number of persons on board the vessel who are not in possession of valid evidence of immunization to smallpox; and
 (k) the date and place of issuance of any de-ratting certificate or de-ratting exemption certificate applicable to the vessel.

 (3) For the purpose of subsection (1), the quarantine station for vessels bound for (a) a port in the Province of Nova Scotia or a port in the Province of Prince Edward Island, is Quarantine Station, Halifax, Nova Scotia;

In Halifax, The Quarantine Station is at Anchorage 1, and is identified by the Symbol of a cross in a circle as below:


Whats Going on at Pier 9?

The Port Authority has issued some press releases, and purchased some land from CN, But has been relatively quiet on what the plans for Pier 9 are. Most of the statements are that the 9D Section will be improved, and that there may be additional sheds, Rail Access, and the addition of container cranes.

Construction has now begun, with Harbour Development having finished dredging work, and McNally construction now working on the pier. Since Projects of this size require an environmental assessment prior to being approved, I requested a copy from the federal Environment Department.

It Reveals a substantial addition to the pier, stretching from the existing pier 9b/9c junction to the Mackay Bridge. It features On Pier rail, which makes sense, since part of the idea was to perform addtional heavy lift operations from the upgraded pier. Also shown is a new shed, parking lot, and on pier gantry crane. All of this infrastructure really formalizes the use of the pier in recent years, as Jumbo Shipping previously exported Locomotives from pier 9, and Nirint Shipping stopped there as well to perform container operations.


Comment From Halifax Port Authority On AFL

I Asked Several questions of the Port, Specifically if they were owed Money by AFL, or are aware if they are Anyone else was owed money by AFL. A Port Spokesperson provided this responce.

“When a Port customer faces financial difficulties, as is happening with AFL, we will deal directly with the company on any outstanding fees as we may be able to resolve the issue directly with them. As this relates to the finances of a private company and can be a legal matter, we will not be speculating at this early point as to what, if any, loss the HPA may incur as a result of AFL ending their service.”

They also declined to comment if other port service providers were owed money by AFL. Inquireies to AFL itself an their agent went unanwsered. UPDATE: It Appears AFL New England was being re-supplied with provisions and fresh water as of noon today.

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