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Man the lifeboats, and other news #29

News

1.This week in the Herald

This week i talk about CN’s proposed acquisition of Halterm and why its a good fit with what the company is doing on the west coast.

2.Feds want to award CSC
Defense watch says the feds want to award the type 26 contract ASAP. the trade tribunal agreed. Incidentally, the Dutch hull was jointly developed with the Spanish, and may also be flawed.

3.Offshore leases up for bid
despite BP and shell not finding anything, more leases are up to bid.

4.Canada  takes Command
the RCN Took over command of CTF150. The Task force sails the Indian Ocean near the exit of the Suez providing Anti-piracy and terrorism related patrols.

Interesting

1. Lifeboats for buildings.
wartsilla bringing attention to climate change.

History

Dec. 11,1916   -HMCS GRILSE (1st) reported lost with all hands in a storm while sailing for Caribbean. Three days later she arrived in Shelburne, NS severely damaged, 6 sailors killed in the ordeal.

Dec10, 1945 – -HMCS VENTURE paid-off. She was the only sailing ship to serve in the RCN during WWII, acting as a guard ship & accommodation ship

Dec 9, 1949 – RCN officially changes the green Maple Leaf on its ships funnels to red. 

Dec 7, 1964 – HMCS ASSINIBOINE, following a refit from DDE to DDH, becomes the first RCN ship to embark a Sea King helicopter.

Warship design flaws and other news #28

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News

1. This week in the Herald


I talk about the sunken Norwegian frigate, and its implications for the CSC

2. More CSC Flaws?
Post media is reporting that DND has concerns about the type 26 potentially having power and propulsion problems due to similarities with the British type 45 – which has issues.

3. Raising the sunken frigate
Naval today has an illustrated guide to warship salvage. – or How they will raise the Sunken Norwegian Frigate. In typical European fashion, they will use a large crane.

4. Private SAR Helicopters?
Private SAR helicopters are a possibility – and frankly a good idea to augment CAF service.

Interesting

1.Shipspotting in Vancouver.
I love this infographic for the Port of Vancouver. BTW, our shipspotting 101 series goes into way more detail on various types of ships that call in Halifax.

History

Dec 4, 1933 – Leading Seaman John Pully from HMCS SAGUENAY is buried at sea following his death on 30 November 1933 from leukemia. His burial off Halifax is considered the RCN’s first burial at sea.

Dec 3, 1969 – During HMCS BONAVENTURE’s final cruise, 2 sailors died when they entered an AVGAS tank that was not fully vented, 2 sailors that attempted to save their shipmates were also killed.

Dec 2, 2000 – HMCS VICTORIA (ex HMS UNSEEN), is commissions into the RCN as 1st of four Victoria class submarines


Nov 30, 1835 – Mark Twain, was born in Florida, MI. He worked as a pilot on Mississippi steamboats before becoming a writer. Mark Twain is a pen name, taken from a command used while sounding the river with a lead line.

Nov 28,1787 – Bligh departs spithead on his fateful voyage abroad the bounty.

Brett Ruskin’s secret life as Gumby, and other news #27

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News

1.Herald
this week in the Herald, I talk about the quiet end to Maersk lines short lived MMX Service, Congestion problems in the uk caused in part by software, the shelved merger of Horizon Maritime and their new ship, plus some other updates.

2.Scrap
4000TEU Boats are getting scrapped at a fast rate – with 52 heading for the heap in the last 30 days.

3.Kracken

Kracken Robotics, produced imagery of 2 sunken submarines and a ship off Rhode Island to bolster work for their protection.

4.North Korea’s hidden Ships
from the Wall Street Journal – how North Korea uses a fleet of ships to fund the regime.

5.Brett Ruskin gets wet

CBC Reporter goes through sea survival training.

Interesting

1.cats getting in the way.

History

Nov 27, 1770 – Horatio Nelson entered the Royal Navy as a midshipman in HMS Raisonnable.

Nov 25, 1944 – HMCS Shawinigan was torpedoed in the Cabot Strait. 90 lost

Nov 23, 1809 – Famed pirate Edward Jordan hanged at Freshwater Bridge, in Point Pleasant Park. His skeleton remained hanging for years after

Nov 22, 1718 – Captain Edward Teach, AKA ‘Blackbeard’ is killed by Lt. Maynard, R.N. off the coast of Virginia.

Nov 22, 1957 – the first ship passes through the Iroquois Lock at Cornwall, as the new St Lawrence Seaway opens for traffic

Dumping Stuff in the Ocean – The News #26

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News

1. New ships Meet
the USS Michael Monsoor – a Zumwalt class destroyer and the HMS Queen Elizabeth met for a photo op.

2. This Weeks Column

this week in the Herald, I talk about the act of Piracy that put the CCGS Corporal McLaren MMV in the water, and the effect this has had on the ships namesakes family.

3. Northern Pulp.
the survey boat has left, after local fisherman blocked it from surveying. I’m hearing there may be a request for a court injunction to block the fisherman from blocking the boat. The proper solution is for northern pulp to move to a closed loop system, where they don’t dump crap in the fishing grounds – or at least do a proper environmental assessment.

4.Biggest Oil Spill ever.
the Leak from the Searose FPSO off newfoundland is now the biggest oil spill in NF history. It appears the oil has dissipated on its own.

5.Missing Sub Found
the missing Argentinian Navy Submarine was found last week, a year and a day after it went missing. The Sub was found by a US firm, crushed in 800m of water.

6.Ship in Trouble
A bulk carrier sailing from Port Cartier PQ ran into trouble, and sailed for the US. she has since set back off for Europe.

Interesting

1. where the RCN is
This map is produced by Stephen Watkins, who tracks navy ships with publicly available information. He blogs about it at vesselofIntrest.com. you can read about his map in this blog post.


2. mileage?

History

Nov 21, 1787 – Sir Samuel Cunard was born in Halifax. He is credited with creating scheduled trans-atlantic passenger service with steam ships.

Nov 21, 1954 – HMCS Labrador becomes the first vessel to circumnavigate north america traveling west via the northwest passge, and east via the panama canal.

Nov 20, 1969 – CSS Hudson sailed from halifax on her circumnavigation of both North and South America.

Nov 18, 1942 – HMCS Goderich and tanker Locoma collide in halifax harbour. the minesweeper took 3 weeks to repair.

Nov 16th 1857 – PO WIlliam Hall becomes the first Nova Scotian, first black person, and third Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Lucknow. He was serving abord HMS Shannon at the time.

This post costs 30% more then planned – The weekly news #25

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News

1.Lifeboats head west

2. Openhydro continues

the latest on openhydro

3. BP doesnt find oil.
BPs partner has announced in a filing that commercial quantities of oil were not found in its drilling program. Shell returned their leases, presumably after not finding anything either.

4.Vidar Viking finished.
Davie announced the completion of the first ship, However with the first ship complete, Canadian Press is reporting Davie and Federal fleet have delivered on time, but not on Budget, with the costs of the project increasing by 217 million.

5.Open House Saturday

6. Job Fare – Be a SeaFarer
Want to be A Seafarer? Attend SIU’s job fair tonight.

 

Interesting

1.time-lapse

History

Nov 13 1915 – Barque Calburga floundered in heavy weather off Strumbel Head, Wales, while carrying timber from Halifax.

Nov 12, 1928 –  The Lamport and Holt Lines passenger ship Vestris sank in the Atlantic after being swamped by two huge waves.

Nov 11, 1976 – HMCS ALGONQUIN assists fisheries protection vessel Chebucto in arresting two Cuban fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing in the Halifax approaches

Nov 10, 1813 – The warship Atalanta was wrecked near Halifax Harbour. The ship sank in only twelve minutes but the entire crew were saved.

Nov 8, 1728 – Captain James Cook Born on this day.  He spent his early career in Canada

 

Falling from the sky, and other Weekly News #24

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News

0. Plane Crash

1.Hudson is old

CBC is reporting that the 55year old Hudson may qualify for OAS.

2. Cleanup Isle 3.
the CCGS removed oil form the Manois L. this is how they did it.

3.This week in the Herald
I talk about Atlantic Towing picking up west coast work with the coast guard, after they won a contract to provide 2 emergency towing vessels in BC. I also mention the shifting of bunkering to Saint John.

4.6th AOPS
On Friday the feds announced a 6th AOPS. Some say its politics, some say the navy needed the 6th boat to ensure readiness.

5. NS Sailing Conference
NS Sailing is holding its 4th annual conference Nov 17th, at Citadel Highschool.

6. Marblehead.
the Notice of Race for the 2019 Marblehead has been posted.

Interesting

1.Walls of Olde.

2. Yarmouth Ferry.

History

Nov 7, 1910 – HMCS RAINBOW arrives Esquimalt for 1st time, the first RCN ship on the west coast.

Nov 7, 1872 –  The brigantine Mary Celeste, built in Spencer’s Island, NS, sailed from New York, bound for Genoa, Italy.

Nov 6, 1940 – HMCS Ottawa and HMS Harvester sink the Italian submarine Faa di Bruno. It was the RCN’s first submarine kill of the war.

Nov 4, 1940 -The Armed Merchant Cruisers Laurentic and Patrolus were sunk off Iceland by U-99

Nov 3, 1942 – Canadian merchant ship Chr. J. Kampmann was sunk by u-boat attack while carrying a cargo of sugar and rum.

 

Naval Gazing and other weekly news #23

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News

1.TSB to Fisherman
the TSB Called out fisherman after the worst year for industry deaths in a long time.

2. The Herald
6 years after the sinking of the bounty, weather is still an issue.

3. Port Expansion
the port authority gave a presentation to council, and received wide support back from the city. also letters to the editor suggest moving port to Dartmouth is impractical.

4.More on Port Expansion from CB Spectator
See what cb has to say about the expansion of halterm. also this on the cruise industry

5. Navy troubles

HMCS Halifax suffered a fire in one of her turbines. a few days later :

 

6. New CG Boats

Interesting

1.from early 1918

 

 

2.Shipwrecks

 

 

BBC on the project mapping the first world war wrecks in the english channel

History

Oct 30, 1942 – a boarding party from HMS Petard captured codebooks from the sinking U-559, vital to cracking the four rotor Enigma

Oct 30, 1918 – HMCS GALIANO foundered in Barkley Sound, BC, in the same storm that claimed CPR liner SS Princess Sophia. GALIANO is the first RCN warship to be lost and only ship lost WWI.

Oct 28, 1940 – Canadian Pacific Railways passenger liner Empress of Britain sunk by U-32 off the coast of Ireland

 

 

 

its a slow weekly news #22

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News

1.ACL Changes.
ACL is reducing the size of its Halifax office, laying off 15 staff and retaining 6. No changes are planned to the twice weekly call to Halifax, however Goteborg Sweden was dropped from the rotation, and will be served by a feeder service.

2. Ferry #5
the newest Halifax transit ferry, Rita joe will have her dedication ceremony Friday afternoon from 2-3pm at Alderney landing. the boat went into service on the Tuesday afternoon

3. in the Herald


this week i talk about the ever repeating history of the container business. Efficiency drives demand for bigger ships

4.CCGS Changes
the Feds announced the creation of an Arctic Region today. The Canadian Coast Guard currently has 3 operational regions: Western, Central and Arctic, and Atlantic. The Coast Guard will have 4 operational regions once the stand-alone Arctic region is established.
As well, the interim icebreakers being converted by Davie, will be less interim, and more permanent.

 

Interesting

1. its nautical out.
that bad weather the other day – some kids went sailing, and it was awsome.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#girlpower today with lots of female sailors battling the harsh elements out there today! @sailcanada @hellyhansen @women_on_water

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2.Ocean Terminals

History

Oct 22, 1943 – U537 lands a German automatic weather station, code named Kurt in Martin Bay, Labrador

Oct 21,1805 – 1805 Nelson leads the Royal Navy to victory over the Franco-Spanish fleet at Trafalgar
Oct 21 1910 – HMCS Niobe arrived in Halifax, making it the first Canadian warship of the newly formed RCN.

Oct 20, 1803 – the Garrson Clock on citadel hill began keeping time.

Oct 19, 1967: Cunard Steamship Co. announces cancellation of its Canadian transatlantic passenger ships between Montreal and Liverpool.

Oct 19, 1940 – auxiliary minesweeper, HMCS Bras D’Or, sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during heavy weather with all hands lost.

To save jobs the Halifax Shipyard should build a port in Dartmouth. Weekly News #21

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News

1.Local MP Hates the port..
the Feds reject port funding request for expansion.

2.Local MP Hates the port

Here is what i had to say in the herald

3.Local MP Hates the Port.
CBC Follows up. apparently it was a 500million ask that was rejected, however the port is still borrowing money to expand pier 41/42

4.This week in the Herald.

This week I talk about the shipyard, the competition for repair work, and how they may have shot themselves in the foot.

5. Ships Stay Here, and 1 more ship to start here?
from the Ottawa Citizen – Irving is hoping to keep all the Halifax Class repair work, and wants to build a 7th AOPS? the feds have contracted for 5, with incentives to lead to a 6th. Also Council has given its support to the Shipyard workers.

6.ABCO to build Landing Craft for AOPS

NS Built small boats will be carried on the new AOPS. the Baots will be built in Lunenburg.

7.Ship Selection Soon.

word is the feds will be choosing the design for the CSC by the end of the month. then negotiations will start. The 3 options were outlined into this post.

Interesting

1. Bad Seamanship

2.Bad Seamanship

History

Oct 16, 1970 – CSS Hudson returned to Halifax, completing the first circumnavigation of the Americas

Oct 14, 1942 – SS Caribou torpedoed by U69 in the Cabot Strait. The Newfoundland ferry was traveling from Sydney to Port Aux Basques.  101 survivors, 137 passengers and crew are killed.

Oct 12, 1492 – Christopher Columbus sights his first landfall in the Americas at 2:00 am.

Oct 11, 1963 – HMCS Haida is paid off

Oct 11, 1942 – RCMP St. Roch entered halifax harbour, becoming the first vessel to transit the north west passage west to east.

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News

1. This week in the Herald

Leeway Marine and Kraken Sonar partner to drive down the cost of High quality Surveys. I’m sorry for the lede. it was my editors idea. He surfs.

2.Chinese parts
CBC reported that the feds were asking about chinese parts in the AOPS. By coincidence, this story came out in Business Week about the Chinese adding chips to Motherboards also came out the same day.

3.Alderny or Purdy’s
Global reports on the potential location for a new cruise terminal.

4. Asterix and Oblix


with the recent Tsunami in Indonesia, its worth bringing up that the NRU Astrix has a sister ship, the Obilix available for conversion and sale at a price of 600 million Canadian. The federal goverment should procure the second conversion, and out fit the ship as a disaster response vessel.

the Asterix can power 10000 homes, and generate enough drinking water for a city. Add beds to the hospital, and Canada could have a formidable tool for international assistance, and give the US Navy’s Hospital ships a run for their money.

 

5.Moby DIck
The Canadian Press reports on the Nova Zembla, a sunken Whale ship thought to be close to shore off Baffin Island.

6.Thats All Folks!
Ocearch has concluded their expedition, tagging 7 sharks off Mahone Bay

Interesting

1.Old Ships Log Data

Via twitter

Ship log data from 1622 to 1855 was digitized as a way to study climate, since the logs contained daily weather observations.  (get the data at https://stvno.github.io/page/cliwoc/)

whats interesting is you can really see how winds optimized the routes of ships

2.Caligula’s giant pleasure barges.

this thread on twitter is amazing, in that these were built by the Romans in the first place, found, recovered and then lost.

History

Oct 10,1801 James Morris arrives at Sable Island to setup the first rescue station

Oct 9, 1942 – Canadian merchant ship Carolus was sunk by U69

Oct 8, 1944 – HMCS Mulgrave damaged by a mine and beached near LaHavre France. she was later salvaged, but declared a total loss.

Oct 8, 1885 – J. M. Blaikie, the first four-masted barque built in Canada was launched at Great Village.

Oct 6, 1801 The first group to settle on Sable Island sailed from Halifax.

Oct 4, 1944 – Frigate HMCS Magog is torpedoed in the St. Lawrence river. She survives, and is towed to Quebec for repairs.



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