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Insignia – the saddest cruise call of the year.

The Cruise ship insignia arrived yesterday from Saint John. Due to Weather, they were unable to board a pilot to enter the harbour until 7:30 last night, several hours after they were scheduled to sail. The ship required bunkers, so it waited out the weather watch, tied up at pier 24, and fueled from the Algoma Dartmouth, finally sailing at 0300 this morning.

the Port of Sydney announced last night that the ship would be skipping the call there today, and is now sailing direct for Quebec.

HMCS Sackville Re-enters the water.


HMCS Sackville Re-entered the water this morning, and was floated off the synchrolift at the dockyard.


My first weekly column in the Herald covered the subject of cabotage, and applications for the coasting trade in Canada. Is something I plan to cover going forward in that venue, because the applications tell a story about the shipping business.

Coincidentally, Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) released a large report on cabotage. The report, Cabotage Laws of the World, has identified for the first time ninety-one member states of the United Nations that have cabotage laws restricting foreign activity in their domestic coastal trades.

The report describes the history of maritime cabotage and traces a number of early rudimentary legal principles. It sets out examples of the many different definitions of cabotage that exist today at the national, regional and international levels as well as examples of the restrictions of foreign activity and their waivers in domestic coastal trades.

You can read the full report here.

Success in the future at Fundy Force?

With the recent news of Cape Sharp Tidal’s troubles, it was interesting to see a report out of UK’s independent – about success in Scotland’s Tidal energy test site off Orkney.  Orkney features a 4-5m tidal range, which equates to 12-15 feet, or around 1/3 of the Fundy Force test Sites Tidal Range.

The Scotrenewables Tidal Power SR2000 turbine, produced 3GWh in its first full year in operation, including over the winter. the turbine is designed to float on the surface, and moored in place, with an inverted windmill like structure to generate power.

to my eye – this looks like a relatively simple system to deploy and maintain. also Good news for Fundy Force – DP Energy Canada plans to test one of these devices here in the future, and may prove to be the Redeemer of tidal energy in Nova Scotia after the failure of OpenHydro, and the Cape Sharp Tidal Partnership.

The Cape Sharp turbine, currently installed in the Bay of Fundy by the troubled Open Hydro is a large Doughnut shaped structure, with blades on the inside is designed to sit anchored to the ocean floor.

this appears to be a much more complex system, as the required sub sea infrastructure is significant, and all construction and maintenance activities require specialized barges, powerful tugs and divers.

3 other Projects are also in the works.

DP Canada also plans to test a Anchored Monopole turbine – think of it as a wind turbine, but mounted on the sea floor. this option will likely run into the problems of the Open Hydro turbine, but the advantage to mounted turbines on the sea floor is that they are invisible on the surface, and potentially less problematic for surface traffic.

Minas Tidal is looking to deploy Tocardo generators on a semi-submersable frame, moored to the seafloor. (above) This project is very similar to what was done in Scotland – the turbine is in commercial use already, Each unit is rated at 250MW – the trick for them will be to find a configuration and logistical solution that works.  the example above, deployment is accomplished by floating the entire assembly horizontally, then submerging it into the proper orientation.

Sustainable Marine Energy or SME, is preparing a test turbine for installation in DIgby Neck.  they also had a turbine installed at the Scottish test site. Black Rock Tidal is owned by the turbine maker, and is looking to commercialize this technology in Canada.  SME’s project will deploy a PLAT-I tidal energy platform hosting four SCHOTTEL HYDRO SIT 250 turbines. this turbine is a moored floating structure, with the turbines placed in the water below.

the ultimate installation is project to look like the image below. Of note, the Plat-I test platform arrived on the Atlantic Sky, on July 4.


Labour Day Weekend Traffic

With Monday being Labour Day, the port is basically closed. the Cruise Ship Veendam is the only scheduled caller today.  Several vessels were able to work on Saturday and Sunday

CMA CGM Loire, and Arica made stops at Halterm on Saturday. Loire operates on CMA-CGM’s Columbus Loop Service. Arica, also a CMA-CGM vessel is running on the Maersk SL1 service.

Sunday saw MOL Paramount, YM Express and Breivik Bridge Call at Fairview Cove.

(Above) COSCO shipping bulk carrier Tao Hua Hai took bunkers at anchorage 1, then sailed for Corpus Christi Texas with a load of Iron Ore from Sept-IIes Quebec.

(below) Atlantic Huron finishes loading at National Gypsum, before sailing for Bayside NB. on Sunday the Harmen Oldendorff loaded, and sailed for Baltimore. 


First AOPS to be Delivered in October?!

Post media is reporting that the Federal Government is expecting the first AOPS to be delivered the First week of October. this is a feat, as its only expected to be launched in September.

Curiously, Last week the Halifax Examiner quoted Sean Lewis, Communications director for Irving Shipbuilding

We are on schedule to launch the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, late September 2018.  Harbour acceptance tests and trials have started and will continue, along with further outfitting, over the next several months. The first AOPS is scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in summer 2019.

As of yesterday, the Hull was still tarped off for final painting

More Oil in the Harbour.

CBC News is reporting that an oil slick was spotted off bishops landing Monday morning. The coast guard is reporting the source of the slick is currently unknown.

Additionally, a local Mariner has reported that the Coast guard itself reported an Oil Slick stretching from BIO to Tufts Cove.

From the photos posted by CBC, Bishops slick has the distinct rainbow pattern, as one would see with Spilled Gas. As I under stand it, Bunker C, like what was spilled at tufts cove is thick, and floats in clumps.

This Post will be Updated at as more is known.

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