The Futuristic Bridget Bardot Arrived in Halifax Friday Morning. The vessel is owned by the Sea Shepard Conservation society. I covered a brief history of the vessel, and Sea Shepard in this Herald Column.
Originally named Cable and Wireless Adventurer she was built for the purpose of circumnavigating the world in less than 80 days. This was successfully accomplished in July 1998 in 74 days, 20 hours, 58 minutes. Sea Shepard acquired the vessel in 2010. The 114′ long trimaran is powered by two 500hp engines, and has a top speed of 50km/h.
This week in the Herald, I cover the announcement that Group Ocean will be building 4 new Tugs for the Navy. These will replace the 5 Glen Class tugs, and 2 Fire Class boats. 3 Glen Tugs are currently stationed in Halifax. Firebird was retired and sold in 2014. The remaining 2 tugs and fire-boat are in service in Esquimalt.
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.