Category Archives: Herald Column

Sea Shepard vessel Brigitte Bardot

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.

More Vessels Need nose art.

Sea Shepard has a Halifax Chapter, who can be found on Facebook

New Tugs for the Navy

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.

I cover the History of the procurement, dating back to 2012, and the 2015 attempt to charter vessels. and have some details on the new Boats, that seemingly no one else asked about.

This Week in the Herald

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.

The Hudson Debacle – This week in the Herald

CCGS Hudson General Arrangement

This week I talk about the letter Procurement received from Davie declining to bid on refit work.
You can read the original RFP at BuyandSell.gc.ca and Davie’s letter is below

Davies Letter as shown by Global news (Screenshot)

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/
marinesafety/dvro-fsc-dspi-1781.htm

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 in the Herald

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

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