This week in the herald, I talk about how the harbour almost iced over last week.
This week I make the case for Halifax Fire to get a new Fireboat, and for the Feds to pay for it.
This week i talk about the ship source oil pollution fund, its recent wins in court, and how the province should claim costs for the Miners removal.
This week I talk about the Alam Sayang, a ship that lost power in Canadian Waters off BC. This Case is problematic for a few reasons:
1. we first heard about it from the Americans.
2.both Canadian ETV’s were dispatched, but didn’t really do anything
3.the American ETV did – likely in contravention of our Cabotage Laws
4. The USCG and Washington state Department of Ecology were able to tell me what they knew within a couple of hours of me asking on Thursday. it Took DFO 24 hours to acknowledge my request, and a full answer was provided late Monday
the ETV’s also dont meet the requirements as set out in the RFP the CITT has found, after Hieltsuk Horizon Maritime Services complained. the procurement is currently under review.
I asked transport Canada’s media contact if they could “tell me if Transport Canada has received a copy of Davie shipbuilding’s letter regarding their safety concerns with the CCGS Hudson, and what actions ship safety will be taking.
Additionally, if TC has not been specifically addressed in the letter, given the concerns were raised publicly, is that sufficient notice for ship safety to take action, if not why not, and what action is being taken”
Their response was:
Transport Canada has not received the letter you are referring to.
The department takes its responsibility for marine safety and security very seriously. Large vessels are inspected and certificated annually by a Recognized Organization, which is a classification society that has an authorization agreement with Transport Canada to inspect and certify vessels. In addition, Transport Canada monitors selected vessels to verify compliance with applicable requirements, such as those set out in the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and its associated regulations. When concerns are raised, Transport Canada takes appropriate measures if non-compliance or safety risks are identified.
For more information on large commercial vessel certification, visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/
Which is really no response – since its a general statement about what the department does, and doesn’t address what they are doing in this situation.
I also have a second piece, where I talk about the Port Expansion, and the details that were released last week.
This week I talk about HNS Cargoes, and the response to incidents involving them. Oil Spills are a big concern, but are often simple to deal with – and there are pre-existing plans and resources.
Halifax had its own incident involving HNS Cargo in 2014, when a container loaded with a toxic and radioactive substance fell. you can read the Original post on the Damaged Container as well as a follow up of the container in the Hold, and after removal.
A Bonus, I was Quoted extensively in this Canadian Press Piece on the Yantain Express
This week in the Herald, I look back at the year 2018. rest assured the usual Year in review post with links to all the stories will be posted next week.
this week, You can find me on the front page of the Business Section. The Construction of the Halterm Expansion is Finally underway, for real this time.