Monthly Archives: August 2019

The dirty underbelly of cruise ships

This week in the Herald, i look at some of the serious issues with the Cruise industry.

Holland America Lines is one of 9 Carnival Corp PLC brands.

One Ocean Expeditions recently had its ship RCGS Resolute Arrested in Iqaluit for unpaid bills to a Halifax based company.

In recent years from Carnival Corp PLC, the worlds largest cruise company, responsible for 42% of Halifax Cruise calls has racked up more then 60million in fines from US Regulators for failing to follow environmental rules.

Gcaptain covered the initial use of the Magic Pipes on 5 Princess Cruises ships and their fine for violating probation related to those cases.

For more on Various incidents (and to see how frequently they occur) See Cruise Law News or Cruise Junkie – both sites track Cruise incidents. Junkie merely lists them, but is more complete. Cruise Law news offers commentary.

AOPS Trials

The Atlantic Fir was alongside the Harry DeWolf this evening, holding the ship against the pier. I understand that various propulsion system trials are now underway. Various scuff marks from tugs seem to suggest this is not the first such trial.

Atlantic Fir is finished for now.

SeaKings to Live on.

Despite having celebrated 50 years of operational service in 2013, and Officially being retired last year. 15 CH-124 Sea Kings will live on, having been sold to Rotor Maxx Support Limited of BC.

Retired SeaKing outside 12 wing Shearwater.

Rotor Max specialized in the support and maintenance of the the Seaking, and its S-61 civilian variant. The 15 Helicopters will be refurbished and leased out to Rotor Max clients to compliment their fleet of eight S-61’s. The acquisition includes a significant inventory of parts, tooling and equipment which will support Rotor max’s business going forward.

the Ex RCAF Seakings were delivered in 1963.

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

This past Saturday, I swung by the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum out by the airport. Despite passing it regularly, I had never actually stopped in.

The museum is worth the stop – its small, but has alot of aircraft, but the exhibits are well done. Admission is by donation (8$ for adults suggested)

Find the Museum at:
20 Sky Blvd, Goffs,
NS, B2T 1K3

Exit 6 off Highway 102
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Red Arrows Flypast

The RAF demo team began a North American tour with a demonstration over the Harbour Today. The Team was the final Act that featured RCAF aircraft in use on the East Coast.

CH-146 Griffon
the Seaking replacement CH-148 Cyclone
The CH-149 Cormorant Sar Helicopter
the C-130 Hercules
CP-140 Aurora
RAF Airbus A400m transport. this would be equivilant to the C177 Globemaster

The red arrows then performed. The RCAF uses the same Hawk jet as its primary jet training aircraft.

Out at YHZ

NASP Dash8-100

I went out to towards the airport to Visit the Atlantic Aviation Museum, and then spent some time Plane Spotting. It was a productive outing.

Flair Airlines 737
Pal Airlines King Air
RAF A400m transport
RAF A400m transport
DFO Beechcraft used for fisheries monitoring.

Ocean Force – lightly loaded.

A very light Ocean Force arrived at Fairview Cove this morning, and is due to sail this evening. The ship arrived from a New Jersey Anchorage.

Built in Germany in 1983, the Ship was originally named Condock III. besides being a CON-Ro, capable of taking containers and Ro-ro cargo, the vessel is also semi-submersible, allowing it to transport boats and other floating craft loaded via a full width stern ramp.

the ship is owned and operated by Prime Transport based in the Ukraine.

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