The Halifax tour boat Harbour Queen 1 appears to have run into trouble around 8:30pm tonight. the vessel was attended to by Atlantic Oak, Halifax Tugger, and the Coast guard. Passengers were evacuated to the Peggys Cove Express and the vessel was reported secure along side the cable wharf by Halifax Tugger just after 9pm.
I have no additional details – will update when i learn more.
Update. I have seen photos posted to Facebook the show the harbour queen on breakwater rocks at point pleasant park along halterm. The photos can be found at: https://m.facebook.com/groups/260587024079958?view=permalink&id=963367327135254
The story so far is that the harbour Queen Lost power and dropped anchor. She began dragging the anchor. Peggy’s Cove Express Evacuated the 32 passengers off the harbour queen before she drifted on the rocks. Halifax Tugger and Atlantic oak then pulled her off the rocks and returned her to the cable wharf.
Halifax regular Maersk Pembroke reported an engine room fire on her way to Montreal after departing Antwerp. The fire is out , and the ship is without power.
Today brought the arrival of 3 cruise ships. Insignia tied up at pier 20, Maasdam tied up at pier 22, and Seven Seas Navigator at pier 23.
Also at pier 24 is the fishing vessel Atlantic Preserver, which belongs to Clearwater Seafoods.
Unfortunately all the cruise ships parked with their stern to public camera view..
Note these are estimates and may change
Bluenose II 10:15 am
Tree of Life 9:35 am
Katie Belle 9:40 am
Larinda 9:45 am
USCGC Eagle 10:30 am
Vahine 10:30 am
Spaniel 10:30 am
Atyla 10:30 am
Oosterschelde 10:20 am
St. Lawrence II 10:25 am
Regina Germania 10:30 am
Peter von Danzig 10:40 am
Spirit of South Carolina 10:45 am
Alexander von Humboldt II 10:50 am
El Galeon 11:00 am
Rona II 11:00 am
Jolie Brise 11:05 am
Impossible Dream 11:10 am
Geronimo 11:15 am
Silva 11:00 am
Spirit of Bermuda 11:20 am
Mist of Avalon 11:25 am
Wylde Swan 11:30 am
Blue Clipper 11:35 am
Gulden Leeuw 11:40 am
HMCS Oriole 11:30 am
Since sinking and being re-floated in June 2015, the Farley Mowat has languished at the pier in Shelburne. Court Orders to remove the vessel went unanswered, resulting in her Owner Tracy Dodds being imprisoned for contempt of court for failing to remove the vessel. In 2016 he was given a May 31 deadline to move the vessel, or face $10,000 in fines or 20 days in jail. He was arrested in August 4 2016, and served his time.
The federal government has announced they will now issue a contract to remove and scrap the vessel, and then attempt to recover the funds from Dodds, under the Polluter Pays Principal. In the end – the taxpayer will be left holding the bag, as the feds also will attempt to recover the $815,000 cost to refloat Farley Mowat – the money likely doesnt exist. Not included in the cost are thousands of dollars in unpaid berthage fees, and additional lost revenue from vessels not being able to tie up, because of the Presence of the Ship.
Dodds also owned the Craig Trans, which racked up over $100,000 in bertage fees in Dartmouth Cove, and Numerous other vessels around the province.
YM Enlightenment made the 4th call for Yang Ming last night, and tied up at Fairview cove. Once she was finished at the terminal she went to anchor in the basin to wait for weather to improve. She’s scheduled to sail this morning at 11:30
With the exception of the appearance of COSCO Vessels on the route, the Columbus Loop appears to be relatively unchanged.
Today’s arrival took her pilot at 11am, and backed into pier 41 around noon. She is scheduled to sail at 3:30am Monday.
The cable layer Isaac Newton has spent the winter in Halifax. She arrived in the fall after working on laying new power transmission cables to PEI. the Ice came before the work was complete and she sailed for Halifax, and spent the winter at Pier 9. Last week she sailed to Mahone Bay for trials, and spent some time in the basin doing ROV workups, before returning to pier 9.
She applied for a Casting trade license for the time period between March 15 to June 15, so she is likely waiting for the ice to clear.
Word is Iroquois will be towed to the scrapers this Thursday at 5pm. She will be towed to Liverpool NS and joins Protecteur and Algonquin already being scrapped there.