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This week in the Herald

This week in the Herald, I discuss covid-19, and its impacts on the port, and large offshore projects. as well as the sting of record breaking container ships to call in the coming months.

Since submitting the article:

  • we have confirmation that the Siem Cicero has been denied entry to the port after the ship reported several ill Crew members.
  • We also learned that the Crane Ship Thialf arrived in the outer Anchorage this morning. there is no word if it will enter the Harbour, though Atlantic Kesterel paid it a visit this evening.

Its time to rename the CCGS Edward Cornwallis.

This week in the Herald, I make the case to retire the name Edward Cornwallis from the coast guard ship that bears it when it emerges from a substantial refit next January. The minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Bernadette Jordan commented they haven’t had the discussion but are open to it.

The name Provo Wallis would be a good choice to re-instate, as the ship that carried that name was retired in 2011. Provo Wallis was born in Halifax, and died as the highest ranking Admiral in the RN with 96 years of service. Halifax Magazine featured The Amazing Career of Provo Wallis in June 2019

for those who viewed the removal of the statue as destruction of Heritage, in 2018 i wrote:

The removal of the Cornwallis statue was cited by many as the destruction of heritage. While the statue itself was integral to the original design of the park, and the lands surrounding it, Cornwallis was a dubious character in history, and despite being the “founder” of Halifax, doesn’t really warrant a statue on a pillar in the centre of town…

However, given the massive outcry over the loss of the statue as heritage, let me suggest a number of actual pieces of history that are being mishandled by various levels of government, and in many cases literally falling apart from neglect and in need of public outcry.

-In the neighborhood of Cornwallis Park, the Elmwood hotel needs the protection of the delayed Barrington South Heritage conservation district
-The Dennis Building sits empty and risks Facadism
-Georges Island is being neglected by the federal government
-York Redoubt’s WW2 defenses are crumbling
-Point Pleasant Park’s WW2 forts are falling into the ocean
-the Khyber is crumbling
-Lighthouses are being neglected EVERYWHERE
-Two heritage buildings at Bloomfield are falling apart
-McNabs Island is being neglected by DNR
-Young Avenue is being slowly destroyed
-Getting a Dartmouth heritage museum (really the entire city needs a proper museum)
-Better access to the cities archives (they’re in Burnside)
-Getting federal tax credits for heritage buildings (private members bill was voted down by the Liberal majority)
-Changes to the Province’s Heritage Act to disallow, as of right, demolitions of registered structures

In the Herald: Pandemic Preparations

Anthem of the Seas on a visit to Halifax. The Ship is now being checked in NJ.

this week in the herald, I discuss the impact of the Novel Corona virus on the shipping industry, and what Canada is doing about it.

Since I submitted the article, Japan has identified 10 passengers on a cruise ship that are positive for the virus. A former passenger of the Diamond Princess tested positive for the virus on their return to Hong Kong, prompting the check. The Ship is operating an 8 night Japan/Taiwan itinerary.

there is also another cruise ship quarantined off Hong Kong.

UPDATE Feb 7:
RCCL’s Anthem of the Seas is being inspected by the CDC in New Jersey. the ship calls on Halifax during the cruise season. The number of Cases on board the Diamond Princess has increased to 61, including several Canadians.

Corona virus hears have led to cancellation of LNG imports, Slowness in the Commodities trade, and problems for the container market.

Cormorant is a Mess.

This week in the Herald I talk about the work done by the Coast Guard to HMCS Cormorant.

This should be an easy case for the CG to deal with, yet it appears they did a substandard job dealing with the ships 2015 sinking, and now needed to come back and fix what they did.Even this most recent action is problematic, as steps that probably should have been taken when the assessment being conducted discovered the issues. The assessment was completed in October, and Work began Dec 1.

Bellow are the CCGS Tweets on the work.

Problems At One Ocean.

This week in the Herald, I outline the likely cause of one oceans troubles, and some of their shoddy practices. I have spoken with several former crew, and others associated with OOE, and pretty much everyone is willing to talk.

One of the crew members I spoke with indicated that auctions were held on board ship to raise money for various Non-governmental organizations. She suggested It was an open secret that the NGO’s were not receiving the funds. This story was also corroborated by another crew member told me that one of the signature items available for onboard auction was a Nautical Chart of the Voyage, marked with ship’s positions and course, and then decorated with images of area wildlife. These charts typically sold in the $2000-4000usd range, and 10-12 were produced on various cruises. 

I spoke with Ron Naveen, the president of Oceanites. The organization has for the past 25 years conducted a Antarctic penguin survey, and had researchers travel aboard One Ocean ships. Ron indicated that One Ocean had been a good partner in supporting their work, and had raised money for the organization, however One Ocean was always slow to pass on funds raised, and is currently 2 years behind in remitting funds raised. 

Naveen believes the losses to Oceanites are in the 6 figures, both from funds raised but not delivered,  and from future fundraising conducted by other organizations on OOE Cruises. He has also had to find other companies to facilitate the work they do. 

John Geiger, the CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographic Society also indicated they had suffered losses, but were unable to detail what they were or the amounts as the organizations board had yet to be briefed. The Society granted the use of the RCGS honorific to OOE’s ship Resolute, in recognition of OOE’s stong support of research in polar regions. 

According to its website, OOE started the One Ocean Foundation in 2017 “to house the growing financial contributions from both passengers and One Ocean Expeditions.”  

 the One Ocean Foundation is a registered Charity in Richmond Hill Ont. Its CRA Filings list three trustees, William J Trotter , Emily R Trotter , and James D Trotter. The foundation shares an address with Wm. J. Trotter & Associates, an accounting firm. BEDI Management, which was also identified as one oceans accounting firm is also located at that address. BEDI management also showed up on credit card statements when down payments were made. 

Information posted on CRA’s website show the foundation received 25,000 in revenue in 2018  – Grieger told me transfers to their organization, when they occurred,  were in the $30-40,000 range, which suggests that the foundation was at best only receiving a portion of the funds raised. 

This Week in the Herald – new tugs

this week I talk about Horizon Maritime’s Joint venture with KOTUG, and Nolhan Ava’s new run to Agentia NL.

The New tug venture is proving mysterious – As I mentioned in the article, existing markets are dominated by incumbents. One Industry source contacted me this morning and suggested that they may be setting up to provide services for the Goldboro LNG Export Facility -positing that they would only have success at a new terminal.

Another thought along those lines is that the firm exists on paper to collect a retainer as a service provider to one of the container terminals proposed for Sydney, or the Straight of Canso. time will tell.

Nolhan Ava with a full load of new containers, 2016

Historic Ships of London.

HMS Belfast sits in the Thames. it is part of the Imperial War Museum.

Last week in the Herald, I touched on Preserving our maritime Heritage. London is surrounded by preserved historic ships, As well as the National Maritime museum in Greenwich. More maritime history is preserved at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and other sites around Britain.

There will be more posts from the trip in the coming days. including a look at the Historic Dockyard.

The Cutty Sark is preserved in Greenwich. the ship floats in the building.
the interior – with the Cutty Sark floating above the drvdock.
reproduction of the Golden Hind – Sir Francis Drake’s ship that circumnavigated the globe.
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