yesterday brought the ALM Crystal on Charter for ACL. Built in 2004, Shes rated at 5000 TEU, and was formerly the APL Beijing.
The Arc Gloria, Barque of the Colombian Navy arrived for a visit this week. Built to a Blohm &Voss Design, she is a modern version of the Gorch Fock. The original Gorch Fock was built in 1933, and was taken as war reparations from Germany. Her sisters include NRP Sagres, USCG Eagle, and Mircea. The German Navy built a new Gorch Fock in 1958. the 1933 ship is now a museum in Germany. Arc Gloria is the Oldest of the Modern Set of 4, Having been built in 1968 at the Astilleros Celaya S.A. shipyard in Bilbao. Her contemporaries Include Cuauhtémoc (1982 Mexico) Who was here earlier this year, Guayas (1977 Ecuador) and Simon Bolivar (1980 Venezuela)
The Norwegian Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre recently ran into trouble where they were informed they require a pilot to traverse the great lakes to Participate in Tall Ships events. Pilots bill at $400, and they estimate the cost to be over 400,000$ to complete the planned trip. As a result they were debating getting out of the lakes entirely. there was some confusion as to why this became an issue now – After they traveled the seaway and toured lake Ontario; as well the Great lakes Pilotage Association said vessels under 35m are exempt.
The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) is a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation responsible for administering the Pilotage Act in the Great Lakes region, In Canada (the Great Lakes Region), foreign flag ships such as the visiting Norwegian ship, are subject to pilotage only when they exceed 35 meters in length. In this case, the vessel’s length is less than 35 meters, and therefore is not subject to pilotage in Canadian waters.
The USCG is responsible for Pilotage in the Lakes through its Great Lakes Pilotage Division (CG-WWM-2) Unit. US law applies to American waters, and while American and Canadian pilots can work in either countries waters, Canadian Pilotage exemptions do not apply to US Waters.
So in Short – the Draken Harald Hårfagre is fine in Canada, but screwed in the US.
The Akademik Ioffe put into to pier 27 to ready for a maritimes cruise. As an adventure oriented cruise, the itinerary of the 9 night cruise begins and ends in Louisbourg, stopping at Sable Is, Magdalen Is, Ile Bonaventure (off the Gaspe) Anticosti Is, Gros Morne, Francois (nf) and St. Pierre et Miquelon. The trip runs July 16-25. The Ship will then spend August cruising in the arctic, with charter flights departing Ottawa, and returning to Edmonton. – cruises cover Baffin Island, the North West Passage, and a Franklin themed cruise.
The Heavy lift vessel Fairlift made a quick stop at pier 31 today. She reportedly delivered something to the Stenna Icemax, now located off the Shelburne Basin. Jumbo Shipping does offer subsea installation as one of their services, so its possible the ship delivered something to the seabed, rather then to the ship itself. In other Icemax news, the CNSOPB gave shell permission to start drilling again.