USCGC Tahoma is due to arrive at the Dockyard tomorrow. This marks the first port visit for a US Government vessel this year. the PCU St. Louis, the latest LCS bypassed traditional stops in Canada on her way out of the great lakes a few weeks ago, and no other US Navy or Coast Guard vessels have stopped in Halifax so far this year.
USCGC Tahoma is based in New Hampshire, and is likely make a stop for provisions.
2 US Coast guard vessels spent the weekend in Halifax. USCGC Mobile Bay is a bay class Icebreaking tug, and is likely heading for the great lakes for the winter Baltimore for a refit. She is homeported in Wisconsin, and is due to return to the lakes before winter. This movement is common for this class of vessel, and the BAY class is a frequent caller at Tall Ships Quay. She is Due to Sail at 10am Tuesday.
USCGC Legare is a Medium Endurance cutter, based in Portsmouth Virginia. A member of the Famous Class of Cutter, she was commissioned in 1990. the Famous class of USCG vessel to Call in Halifax. she is due to sail from the dockyard on the 30th.
As far as my notes go, this is the first call in Halifax for both these vessels in the last 10 years.
The USCG Icebreaking tug Bristol Bay sailed for the great lakes today. these tugs seem to seasonally rotate between the Atlantic coast in summer, and the lakes in winter. Bristol Bay had been tied up at Tall Ships Quay, next to Nova Scotia Power.
The Norwegian Viking Ship Draken Harald Hårfagre recently ran into trouble where they were informed they require a pilot to traverse the great lakes to Participate in Tall Ships events. Pilots bill at $400, and they estimate the cost to be over 400,000$ to complete the planned trip. As a result they were debating getting out of the lakes entirely.
there was some confusion as to why this became an issue now – After they traveled the seaway and toured lake Ontario; as well the Great lakes Pilotage Association said vessels under 35m are exempt.
The Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) is a Canadian Federal Crown Corporation responsible for administering the Pilotage Act in the Great Lakes region, In Canada (the Great Lakes Region), foreign flag ships such as the visiting Norwegian ship, are subject to pilotage only when they exceed 35 meters in length. In this case, the vessel’s length is less than 35 meters, and therefore is not subject to pilotage in Canadian waters.
The USCG is responsible for Pilotage in the Lakes through its Great Lakes Pilotage Division (CG-WWM-2) Unit. US law applies to American waters, and while American and Canadian pilots can work in either countries waters, Canadian Pilotage exemptions do not apply to US Waters.
So in Short – the Draken Harald Hårfagre is fine in Canada, but screwed in the US.
The US Coastguard vessel Neah Bay is due in port this morning, tying up in the dockyard.
USCGC NEAH BAY (WTGB-105) is a 140 foot Bay-class Icebreaking Tug homeported in Cleveland, Ohio. Unit Missions include Icebreaking, Homeland Security Patrols, Light House Projects, Law Enforcement, and Public Affairs. The USCGC NEAH BAY serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system.
These ice breaking tugs have recently spent the summer on the east coast and return in the fall.
UPDATE may 15: added photo tied up t the dockyard.