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Akademik Ioffe Runs Aground in the Arctic.

The Russian icebreaker Akademik Ioffe, operated for One Ocean Expeditions, ran aground in the Arctic on August 24. the ship left Kugaaruk, Nunavut, on Thursday the 23rd, before grounding in the Gulf of Boothia in the early afternoon Friday.

AIS tracks show the path of the Ship

JRCC dispatched Aircraft from Trenton and Winnipeg, but they arrived on scene 7 hours later. Coast Guard Icebreakers Amundsen and Pierre Raddison also responded, however the closest vessel was the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, also operating for One Ocean Expeditions. Passengers were evacuated by the The Passengers were taken back to Kugaaruk, then flown to Edmonton. Arriving on the 27th.

the Akademik Ioffe was refloated the day after she ran aground. Catherine Lawton, One Ocean Expeditions’s general manager told that CBC that “The hull damage was limited and contained to closed, empty tanks, which are secure from the rest of the ship,” Lawton said. “Those are actively being managed.”  Being managed is a subtle way of saying they are pumping water, meaning the hull is breached. 6 days after the grounding, the ship remains anchored away from the grounding site. The ships owners – the Russian Academy of Science, have yet to file a salvage plan, causing the Coast Guard and Transport Canada to take control of the ship August 28th in order to complete all required inspections and develop a plan to get the ship to its next destination safely

One Ocean has canceled the next 2 tours for the ship, and now that the passengers have returned home, refered all enquireies to the ships owners.

Among the people on board the ship when it grounded was researcher Dr. Donglai Gong who tweeted photos about the experience

Yale also produced this Article about the Experience. In 2010, the Clipper Adventurer also ran aground on a Discovered, but uncharted shoal. the TSB released a report into that incident.

Updates to this story will be posted Here

UPDATE 08/31:

Still no news. and inquiry to the Coast guard referred me to Transport Canada – who have not yet responded. A source told me he heard the vessel was surveyed yesterday by divers.

the ice situation looks interesting.

Note the Location of Nanisivik , in the top left corner of the Ice Chart below. Nanisivik is the site of the slowly under development permanent Arctic naval Base – and a perfect location to base an arctic response capability.

for the ship to leave the area, she will likely have to pass through the Fury and Hecla Straight, which is fully iced over. Additionally, the Louis St. Laurent, is headed to Bellot Straight to free the Claude Desgagnes

Update Sept 4
CBC Interviewed Ed Struzik – at 8 minutes its a good listen.

I also Have this Piece in the Chronicle Herald about the grounding and its response.

Update Sept 5

The TSB tweeted this photo (above), which seems to show the ship floating at anchor at close to a regular waterline. I hear the damage is relatively minor – there are  no big holes.

Update Sept 6

It looks like the Pierre Radisson was re-assigned. Her last position was in the Lancaster sound earlier today. There is now no government presence on site, unless TC has someone Aboard the ship.

Update Sept 7
CBC is reporting that the RCAF response cost $513,000

UPDATE Sept 12.

It looks like the Ioffe has sailed, and appears to be Unaccompanied. AIS Data is showing that she has moved from her anchored position earlier today.

Update Sept 13:
Word is repairs are complete. she sailed for Kugaaruk, where she will meet an inspector – Presumably TC is Flying someone in. Once Cleared, she will head to Montreal.

Update Sept 17:
TC has cleared the Ioffe to sail, and she will be escorted through the Ice by CCGS Henry Larsen, bound for Les Mechins PQ, where Verreault Navigation has a large dry dock.

Leeway Striker now in Halifax.

the Leeway Striker appeared at COVE over the weekend. A new Acquisition By Leeway Marine, the fast patrol boat was built by RIVERHAWK FAST SEA FRAMES of Tampa Florida. Her jet drives can power her to a top speed of 55knots, or 107km/h. Shes 72′ (22m) in length. these boats are marketed as high speed patrol craft to navies around the world, and this one specifically was built as part of a bid on a US Defense contract. The Leeway Striker was registered earlier in August, and imported in Yarmouth.

Leeway Odyssey – reincarnated.

The Leeway Odyssey arrived this morning and tied up at the Museum Wharves. She is the reincarnation of the CCGS Louis M. Lauzier.

Leeway Odyssey was built in 1976 by Breton Industry Ltd.of Port Hawkesbury as  Fisheries patrol vessel Cape Harrison. In 1983, she was converted to a survey vessel and renamed CCGS Louis M. Lauzier. She was finally laid up in 1995. In 1998 she was chartered to MUN, until 2005, when she was converted back to a Patrol Vessel in Burlington Ontario, to be crewed by the RCMP and CCGS. After the Conversion, she was assigned to the Quebec region. to patrol the St Lawrence. With the New Hero Class coming into service, she was declared surplus, and Renamed 2014-03.

(below) Hastily applied lettering of her new name,  her former 2014-03 name can be seen through the red. (note the freshly painted out CG markings in the photo above)

She was Registered under her current name in Halifax as of Oct 30/2015 to LEEWAY YACHTS LTD.

 (below) A stop in Halifax in 2011. Note the Stern Ramp for the RHIB.

German Research Vessel Maria S. Merian Open to public

The German research Vessel Maria S. Merian arrived this morning and tied up at pier 24. The Ship will be working with Dal Scientists in the Labrador Sea.

On Saturday, August 22 (10-4pm) The ship will be open to the public. Visitors will have a chance to meet the crew and some researchers while touring some of the ship’s laboratories, ocean research technology, inner workings and main deck. More Details about the event can be found at at
Visitors of all ages are encouraged and admission is free, but it’s important to note that all those over 18 must show a government issued photo I.D. to enter the Port of Halifax and board the ship.
This will be the ships 46th expedition. (the 45th Concluding in Halifax) The Dal website offers the Following on the Upcoming trip.

The Labrador Sea is an important region to study climate change, as it’s one of only four areas in the world that act as the “lungs” for the deep ocean. In the late winter, very dense surface waters sink into into the abyss, creating “new” deep water that carries oxygen and fossil fuel carbon dioxide into the ocean. In a very real sense, the Labrador Sea “breathes” in oxygen from both the atmosphere and the surface ocean during these events. Deep currents then deliver this oxygen and carbon dioxide to the deepest layers of the ocean all around the world. Observing this region and this “breathing” process can help scientists better predict changes that can impact climate, ocean health and the future potential of the ocean to take up carbon dioxide released from fossil fuels.

When the MSM arrives in Halifax, the crew will begin setting up for its 46th expedition. Dr. Doug Wallace and his team will then load the SeaCycler on board for deployment in the central Labrador Sea. Designed to withstand the challenging ocean conditions in the region, the $1-million SeaCycler will collect detailed simultaneous data for 365 days on oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels, salinity, temperature, depth, and more—giving scientists a never-before seen understanding of how this important ocean region is changing today and what the implications might be for the future. Read more about the SeaCycler here.

In addition to these hydrographic observations, Dalhousie researcher Dr. Stephanie Kienast will be joining investigators from Germany and other Canadian universities on MSM 46. They’ll be taking water column and sea floor sediment samples to investigate recent changes in ecosystems, the ocean’s biogeochemistry, and the ocean’s pollution levels. The team will then compare recent changes to the natural variations before people had an impact on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Labrador Sea.

SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy Deployment

Watch the deployment of the New Herring Cove Inshore Weather Buoy Earlier today.
HMRI Buoy Launch from Darrow Multimedia – Paul Darrow on Vimeo.

Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) Deployed its first smart buoy Today. HMRI will operate the 3 metre inshore weather buoy near Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association, Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Halifax Port Authority, Canadian Coast Guard, and the Marine Environment Observation Prediction and Response network (MEOPAR).

Following todays deployment, the buoy’s sensors will generate real time measurements used to create high-resolution weather and wave forecasts for the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Data collected by the buoy’s sensors will assist the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority in improving safety and scheduling in the Port of Halifax. This data will also generate educational and scientific opportunities for ocean science and technology students and researchers in Nova Scotia and beyond.

The buoy Broadcasts its position via AIS – And can be seen Just off herring Cove.


Turanor Planet Solar – Worlds Largest Solar Powered Ship.

The Turandor arrived yesterday afternoon, just after 4pm. The vessel was designed by LOMOcean Design, built by Knierim Yachtbau in Kiel, Germany, and launched on 31 March 2010 for a cost of € 12.5 million. In May 2012, it became the first ever solar electric vehicle to circumnavigate the globe.

The 31-meter boat is covered in over 500 square meters of solar panels rated 93 kW,[6] which in turn connect to one of the two electric motors in each hull. There are 8.5 tons of lithium-ion batteries in the ship’s two hulls. The boat’s shape allows it to reach speeds of up to 14 knots. The boat is registered in Switzerland.The name Tûranor, derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Lord of the Rings, translates to “The Power of the Sun”.

Vladimir Ignatyuk

The Russian Icebreaking Tug Vladimir Ignatyuk tied up this morning at Pier 27. If she looks famailier, its because she is a Sistership of CCGS Terry Fox, built as Arctic Kalvik in 1982 by Burrard Yarrows in Victoria. She was sold to the Murmansk Shipping Co. in 2003.

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