South Coast Today is reporting that the new Yarmouth ferry is subject to blackout dates. The dates Were imposed by the city of Portland Maine, due to increased cruise ship traffic those days. The days are Aug 28, Sept 12, 21, 23, 24, 25, 30. On those dates the ferry cannot tie up in Portland – removing those dates from the schedule. Based on projections, the lost trips could end up costing NS tourism operators Close to a million dollars in lost revenue.
2017 is looking to be a banner year for Tallships – The event Next year, in Celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday will feature vessels from Both Sail training international, and Tall Ships America.
Both Fleets will get together in Boston June 17-22 2017. they then disperse to ports across the great lakes and Gulf of St Lawrence, before Rejoining in Quebec City for the Rendez-vous 2017 July 18-23. The ships then Travel to the “Canadian Race Start Port” July 28-31 before sailing for France on the 31st.
Hopefully the Canadian Race Start Port is Halifax. Some St John’s NB MP’s have been tweeting about tall ships, but it appears they may be part of the in between race program.
The RCMP Patrol Vessel Murray is now tied up at Shearwater.
The Murray was stationed in the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland, as was used to patrol the South Coast – In particular the boarder between St Pierre and Miquelon and Canada.
In October 2015, while the Murray was undergoing refit, The RCMP decided different vessels better met their needs and she would be re-assigned. To my Knowledge, she was last here for the Tall Ships event in 2009
Maersk Penang made the weekly stop today at Pier 41. NYK Demeter Tied up at Fairview Cove. Both arrived for 8am. Maersk Penang sailed mid afternoon, with NYK Demeter sailing in he early evening.
Serenity Ace tied up at autoport for 5pm. Cap Lara spent the day at anchorage 1, awaiting CFIA Moth inspection. The first vessel of the ear to stop for this. She arrived for 9.
Also making appearances today were the tanker Citrine, who anchored in the basin, Atlantic Huron for National gypsum at 8am, and CSL Metis, who anchored, and will take Atlantic Hurons place at Nation Gypsum.
Several Pieces of News have occurred recently with Container lines. How they will affect Halifax is yet to be seen.
- CMA-CGM purchased APL, and announced APL’s withdrawal form the G6 Alliance in 2017. G6 Currently calls in Halifax, with APL vessels in the Rotation. CMA-CGM also Calls as part of the Oceans 3 Alliance.
- Hapag Lloyd and UASC are in Merger talks. Hapag Llyod has been a long Caller in Halifax and is a member of the G6 Alliance. UASC are members of the Oceans 3 Alliance with CMA-CGM
- G6 has announced a new service, from Asia to the US East Coast via the new expanded Panama Canal.
Last night a fire was extinguished aboard HMCS Toronto. The Toronto is currently undergoing FELEX upgrades in the Graving Dock at Halifax Shipyard. It is now believed a Powertool battery battery failed, causing the fire.
The fire was reported to be minor, but hard to reach, and located 3 decks down. After it was extinguished, the ship was ventilated.
There was no one aboard at the time, and no reported injuries.2 people were sent to hospital as a precaution.