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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.