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CITT says BC Towing Contract review required.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has responded to a complaint by Heiltsuk Horizon Maritime Services, recommending a review of a key performance requirement in the process to procure two emergency towing vessels for the protection of Canada’s West Coast.

As a bid participant, Heiltsuk Horizon – a partnership of majority partner Heiltsuk Nation of Bella Bella, British Columbia and Horizon Maritime Services Limited, registered a complaint last August that the winning supplier did not meet important safety requirements of the tender process.

I wrote about the issues with the towing contract in this Chronicle Herald Piece when the Atlantic Towing vessels headed west. Heiltsuk Horizon has not publicly disclosed the vessels they bid on the project, though based on other charters they were likely tidewater tugs.

In a letter to Heiltsuk Horizon, the Tribunal recommends the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada reevaluate the “bollard pull” (towing power) of the vessels in all bids received and also awards Heiltsuk Horizon costs incurred in submitting the complaint.

“The contract was awarded in the absence of the required proof that the vessels met the mandated towing power,” said Chief Operating Officer Steven Widmeyer, Horizon Maritime Services Limited.  “We hope this recommendation leads to a reconsideration of our Heiltsuk Horizon vessels, which are in accordance with recommendations of the 2018 Emergency Towing Vessel Needs Assessment by the Clear Seas Center for Responsible Marine Shipping.”

The CITT letter recommends no further expenditures be made on the awarded contract until a review is complete and also lays out potential actions to be taken post-review, including cancellation of the existing contract.

The Heiltsuk Nation, currently in reconciliation discussions with Canada, teamed up with Horizon Maritime to form Heiltsuk Horizon, following the devastating Nathan E. Stewart oil spill in its territory in October 2016.

Horizon Enabler for cable work.

Horizon maritime of Dartmouth registered the multifunction offshore support vessel Horizon Enabler on November 21. The former Tidewater Enabler was built by STX Offshore of Norway in 2010, and had been on charter to Horizon Maritime since August. The ship was recently involved with the removal of oil form the sunken Manolis L for the Coast Guard.

The ship arrived at pier 9 in Halifax December 4th, and will be doing work on a sub sea cable off the Magdalen Islands. She spent today on trials in the basin.

The ship joins Horizon Star as the second ship owned by Horizon though they currently operate several other Tidewater vessels on Charter.

Coast Guard to get Icebreakers, Emergency towing Vessels.


On Friday, the Feds signed a contract for $610million to have Davie acquire and convert 3 Icebreakers for Coast Guard use. The first ship is to be delivered by December 2018, with the other 2 to be delivered in Summer  and fall 2019.

The ships were built for the offshore industry to work in Alaska, so should be well suited for the job. The Proposed ships are Tor Viking II, Balder Viking and Vidar Viking. the Ships are owned by Norwegian tor, but are flagged, and currently are tied up in Sweden. Built to DNV Ice-10 standards, they will be classed as medium icebreakers in CG Service.

In a separate announcement last week, the feds awarded a contract for emergency towing vessels. the need for these vessels became apparent After several ships broke down in BC Waters, and were rescued by US based Tugs, the feds have awarded a contract to Atlantic towing to provide 2 emergency towing vessels in BC waters for the next 3 years. Word is Atlantic Eagle and Atlantic Raven will be the ships stationed on the west coast.

Horizon Star @ Pier 9

The offshore Supply vessel Horizon Star tied up at Pier 9 over the weekend. Operated by Horizon Maritime, Shes registered in St. Johns, and is currently working on BP’s offshore exploration project.

A frequent caller, she has manged to escape my camera until now.

Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide at Pier 9

Horizon Maritime has just added two, state-of-the-art, supply vessels to their Canadian offshore support vessel fleet. The Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide will add more capacity and capability to the offshore industry in Canada and further build on the growth that Horizon Maritime—based in St. John’s and Halifax—has experienced in recent
years. The imported vessels are Norwegian-built and designed to operate in harsh environments. Incorporating the latest in equipment & technology, the vessels are of the highest build quality and offer increased capability and cargo capacity for Canadian offshore customers.

The Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide will build on the previously established relationship between Tidewater Marine and Horizon Maritime, providing local seafarers with additional opportunities to operate some of the most advanced and safest offshore vessels in the world, close to home. Previously, Tidewater Marine and Horizon Maritime worked together to support Shell Canada’s Shelburne Basin Deep-Water Exploration Project offshore Nova Scotia, during which Horizon Maritime personnel operated Tidewater Marine vessels, Breaux Tide and Jones Tide, over a roughly 18 month time-frame.


Both the Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide are Canadian registered vessels and are crewed with Atlantic Canadians, combining the best in local expertise and marine management with equipment and depth of experience from the world’s largest offshore support vessel company.

 

West Aquarius Nova Scotia Bound

The drill rig West Aquarius is due to depart Bay Bulls Newfoundland for the Offshore of Nova Scotia to drill wells for BP. This is part of BP’s exploration program, and its possible the rig will be contracted for further wells once on site.

Word is that she will Depart tomorrow.

the rig will likely be towed to the site directly, and not stop in Halifax. Built in 2009, she is owned by Seadrill. Drill riser has been accumulating at Pier 9 lately, and BP has an application open to drill several exploration wells.

 

(Left) West Aquarius,  SeaDrill photo

British Research Vessel at Pier 9

the British flagged research vessel Commander Iona arrived last week and tied up at pier 9. She was built in 2008, and recently refurbished in 2015. Owned by Hays Ships Ltd, of Aberdeen, she’s outfitted for survey work, and is likely here as part of BP’s upcoming exploration program.

Noble Regina Allen heads out.

Noble Regina Allen departed for the Sable offshore Gas Field yesterday afternoon. As of 4:30 She had yet to leave the IEL dock at Woodside. She was towed by Secunda vessels Venture Sea ,Trinity Sea and Burin Sea. once she is on Location, we should see a steady stream of supply vessels making return trips to the platform while the gas wells are decommissioned.



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