this afternoon on the evening commute, a 31y/o male went into the water from the ferry Vincent Coleman around 5:30pm, mid harbour on the Dartmouth to Halifax run. the ferry crew was able to quickly recover him, and returned to Alderney landing, where he was checked over by EHS.
Police later issued a release stating that alcohol may have been a factor, and no significant injuries were reported. Water temperatures in the harbour are around 13 degrees – about the same as the air today.
The Dartmouth Ferry Christopher Stannix is going in for its 5 year refit. The city issued the tender today. The Christopher Stannix entered service in 2014, and is the first of the 5 newbuilds.
The scope of work is mostly Painting and General repair work plus inspections. there are also a few modifications to match features of the newer boats. Of particular interest to users – The back angle on the benches is being fixed, so they will not so reclined
Interestingly, An additional fender is being added, which requires removing some ballast. the current ballast consists of 273 concrete blocks (2.19 MT) held in place with ratchet straps. and must be reduced to 181 concrete blocks (1.45 MT)
the Digby to Saint John ferry Fundy Rose has spent the winter at pier 9 undergoing a work period. She arrived in Halifax in December 2014 from Greece, and was put into service in the summer of 2015 replacing the Princess of Acadia.
Bay Ferries operates the former CN Ferry routes between Digby / Saint John NB, and Caribou/wood Islands PEI (as Northumberland Ferries) as well as the revived Yarmouth Ferry.
Fundy Rose is scheduled to return to service April 10th.
Natural Resources has a site that explores some of the features of Halifax Harbour. One of those features is the wreck of the Ferry Governor Cornwallis.
The ferry was built by Dartmouth shipbuilder Hugh D. Weagle for $93,551 and opened to the public December 6, 1942. It was the first Diesel Powered ferry used in Halifax Harbour. The ships log book showed many mechanical problems, and on December 22, 1944 a fire was discovered in the ceiling of the engine room. passengers were let off in Dartmouth, and the ferry was towed and beached on Georges island to Burn. She sunk, and slid into deep water. It was concluded that the fire was caused by poor installation of the heating furnace’s smoke pipe.
You can clearly see the wreck off the south west corner of Georges Island. NRCan Also offers the Side Scan image below.
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.