Category Archives: Herald Column

The dirty underbelly of cruise ships

This week in the Herald, i look at some of the serious issues with the Cruise industry.

Holland America Lines is one of 9 Carnival Corp PLC brands.

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.

Gcaptain covered the initial use of the Magic Pipes on 5 Princess Cruises ships and their fine for violating probation related to those cases.

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.

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.