Monthly Archives: September 2013

Boat accident in Basin Last night

Just after midnight, people reported hearing a loud bang, followed by people calling for help from the basin. 2 people Swam to shore, and Landed near Clearwater seafoods, 3 others were removed from the boat by a Coast Guard inshore rescue craft.

Reports are the 31′ fiberglass boat struck One of the Navy’s Trot Bouys, Likely at at Jonquière Bank where HMCS Halifax was recently tied up, though earlier tweets indicated the survivors were clinging to Bedford Basin light buoy H45 in Position  44 42 25.3N,63 39 07.6W

(Above) Damage to the boat, Now at BIO. Photo from Brett Ruskin via Twitter

Police Report – September 30, 2013
GO #13-142990 – Boat Accident – At 12:04 a.m., police received several calls of a boating accident in the Bedford Basin. The callers stated they heard a loud collision of some kind on the water followed shortly thereafter by several people yelling for help. HRM Fire and Emergency, EHS and police attended the scene and located the accident site a few hundred meters off shore, in line with the 600 block of the Bedford Highway. Police were able to communicate with the people aboard the boat by yelling across the water and learned that two women and one man remained aboard the vessel, while two men were in the water swimming to shore. HRM Fire and Emergency and the Coast Guard dispatched rescue craft to the scene. The two men in the water eventually swam to shore utilizing floatation devices and were treated by EHS at the scene and then transported to the QEII. The people on board the boat were picked up by the Coast Guard, taken to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) wharf where they were treated by EHS and then transferred to the QEII. The vessel, a 31 foot fibreglass boat, appeared to have struck a large buoy in the water. It was towed from the scene and is now moored at the BIO wharf.
A women was treated and released from hospital, the other three men and a woman remain in hospital at this time for observation and treatment of more serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Jumbo Shipping FairLift

Jumbo Shipping’s Heavy lift vessel FairLift arrived this morning at Pier 30. I suspect she is discharging cargo, as their was nothing obvious for her to pick up on the pier. (Though there were some Mammoet heavy transport chassis on the pier the other day.)

Jumbo Shipping is also a regular caller in Halifax, (Past Visits) however they have dropped off since CAT shut the EMD plant in London ONT, and locomotives are no longer exported.

Forward is Nirint Holandia, a regular caller in Halifax.

Oceanex Confirms Connaigra to fill in for Sanderling.

VOCM News in Newfoundland reports that:

The Oceanex Connaigra has finished sea trials successfully in Germany and is expected to arrive in St. John’s next weekend. It will stay for a few days before sailing to Halifax to work that service while the Oceanex Sanderling completes a short dry dock.

The vessel will then move on to Montreal, where it will provide a fixed weekly service between the ports of Montreal and St. John’s.

UPDATE: Oceanex Connaigra is tentatively scheduled to make her first stop in Halifax on October 10th.

Berlin Express on G6

Berlin Express made her second stop in Halifax, her first being July 16. At the time, I was unable to get a photo of her. As a member of Hapag Llyods Dalian Express Class, she is 7500TEU, and is Identical to Dalian Express,and Yantian Express which alse serve the G6 service.

Hapag Llyod vessels on the PAX Service range between 4000-6000TEU and are members of the Kiel Express, Kobe Express and Dallas Express Classes.

HMCS Montreal Done FELEX

HMCS Montreal is due to move from the Machine Shop Wharf to the Dockyard today at 1300. She will be the third vessel to complete the Shipyard portion of FELEX.

HMCS Charlettown is currently in the graving dock, and HMCS St Johns will take her place when she moves to the Machine Shop Wharf.

Interestingly, HMCS Halifax had the flight deck modifications for the cyclone. these do not appear to have been preformed on the Fredericton, though the deck was probably strengthened anyway.