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 Container ship Performance backed into Fairview cove last night after 6pm. The ship is the Ex MOL Performance. She was built in 2002. Shes rated at 6200TEU.
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.
Former Halifax based tug point vim made a return appearance tucking in at Fairview cove. Formerly based at ectug, she was sold and now works out of Newfoundland, but retained her former name and colours.
She sailed at 3:30
Canadianization is well underway to the former Svitzer Caucedo, which took her new name late last week. Once work is complete, she will be stationed in Montreal.
With the Return of Nolhanava to Halifax, Dinkeldiep’s time on the St Pierre Run is over. After offloading on Friday, She moved to the basin to anchor, and Sailed for St John’s on Sunday.
Nolhanava Loaded on Saturday, and sailed for St Pierre.
The first of the new equipment ordered by halterm has arrived. The new top lifts arrived via ACL and were trucked from Fairview cove to Halterm.
Also due are new yard tractors and ships tractors.
BBC Paula tied up at pier 30 on the 13th, and sailed the next day on the 14th. She likely worked some piece of break bulk cargo, but Im not sure what.
BBC Paula previously called in Halifax ad the Geja- C
The minister this morning announced a Streamlined Procurement process, that should see construction follow the completion of the Arctic Patrol vessels. The Announcement Stated that up to 15 ships would be built, and an off the self design would be chosen with some minor modifications Rather than continuing with the previous approach, which consisted of selecting a Warship Designer and a Combat Systems Integrator to work together to custom design the CSC. The new approach allows Canada to select and modify an existing warship design through a single competitive process.
A Request for Proposals to select a ship design will be released in summer 2016. While the opportunity for firms to pre-qualify will be reopened, the 12 firms that have already pre-qualified will not be required to reapply.
Minister foot also acknowledged that the 26billion price tag was low, not counting inflation and labor cost increases.
The CSC project’s objective is to recapitalize the Royal Canadian Navy’s surface combatant fleet by replacing the various warfare capabilities currently residing in the Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class frigates, and providing the necessary integrated logistics support and infrastructure.