Second AOPS Has A name.

The Goverment Announced the first AOPS would be named Harry Dewolf. They have now announced the second will be Named HMCS Margaret Brooke.

Margaret Brooke was aboard the SS Caribou when it was torpedoed off the coast of Newfoundland on Oct. 13, 1942.  Her Actions earned her the Order of the British Empire.

Brooke was born in Ardath, a village located approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon.
She enlisted in the Second World War on March 9, 1942, as a “nursing sister/dietician.” She was eventually promoted to the rank of lieutenant-commander. She was a passenger on the SS Caribou Oct. 13, 1942, as it attempted to cross the Cabot Strait off the coast of Newfoundland.
The ship was hunted and torpedoed by the German submarine U-69, according to government records. It took only five minutes for the Caribou to sink.

After the war, Brooke returned to her studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She earned a doctorate in paleontology and went on to author several major research studies in her field. She Turned 100 this past Saturday, and was visited at her home in Victoria By Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, who delivered the news.


Herma P, going back

Herma P made a second appearance today at Fairview Cove. She is the ex Maersk Dryden, and looking sharp after a yard period after that charter ended. Her and her sisters are now appearing on Hapag Llyod services, likely on short term charters, while they cycle their fleet.

She was first in halifax at the end of march, and is now on the return trip.

Hapag LLyod has recently merged with CSAV, and is sending older and smaller ships to the scrappers, or selling them to other carriers.

Maersk Palermo at pier 26

Nothing says problem like an odd choice of pier and position. Maersk Palermo spent her usual saturday stop at pier 36, bow first. Maersk Palermo usually stops at pier 41, and on saturday that pier was taken by the Tiny Sina for Melfi. Also Maersk Palermo was bow first,Vessels at pier 36 tend to back in stern first, finally she appears to be balasted down in the bow.

Maresk Sails from montreal to Rotterdam via halifax, so its possible she took some ice damage in the river.

Bunker Spill In Vancouver Harbour.

A Bulker anchored in English Bay in Vancouver spilled several tons of Bunker fuel into the harbour yesterday, Most of the oil has now been collected, it has however reached land in several places.

This incident has angered environmentalists, who are now citing this as an example of why tankers in northern BC waters are a dangerous idea. While this leak, is the equivalent of a leaky fuel tank in your car, it appears that the spill was reported 9 hours before a response was mobilized.

The real issue in this case is not that fuel spilled (though this is unusual, needs to be investigated, and the crew charged if they did something illegal) but that the response took 9 hours. If the response was quicker, and oil booms setup, in all likely hood the slick would have remained around the ship and not reached shore.

Could it happen here? sure. In fact it has. HMCS Preserver left a valve open in 2011 and spilled several tons of fuel by Imperial Oil. Quick action contained the spill, and we only found out about it via the media.

JRCC reports CCGS Ann Harvey Taking on Water

the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Center has advised that 2 cormorant Helicopters and 2 vessels have been dispatched to the Coast Guard Ice breaker Ann Harvey, who is reportedly taking on water. Ann Harvey was breaking ice tending buoys off Burgeo NL at the time of the incident.

She spent a week in Halifax In march.

There are 28 persons aboard, 26 crew, along with 2 cadets, and no one has been injured.
reports are the Ingress is due to the vessel striking bottom. The Burgeo Lifeboat CCGS WG George is on scene assisting and has a tow line attached to the Ann Harvey. The Louis St Laurent is 10-12 hours away, and will be released by the CCGS Teleost on her arrival, expected Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE 02/04/15 1000: She has lost propulsion, as Motor Room is flooded. Ann Harvey is powered by 3 diesels, which drive generators. The 2 fixed pitch propellers are driven by electric motors, which are located in the flooded compartment.

the 2 cadets, and 2 non essential crew members have been evacuated from the ship. DND has sent a team of Navy divers to Newfoundland to survey the vessel, and HMCS Charlottetown also departed Halifax Wednesday to provide support.

Louis Ste Laurent was due around midnight, and was planning to tow the Ann Harvey to safe anchorage in Connoire Bay. 

Update 1200: DFO Photo of Ann harvey at anchor

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