3.ECTug Sold the Foundation Maritime property has been sold to develop Nova Scotia – formerly waterfront Development. Hopefully they wont ruin one of the last vestiges of the industrial waterfront. The Waterfront Warehouse, Salvage shed, and dispatch building were all part of the Foundation maritime company.
4.Feds looking for interm icebreaker The Coast Guard is looking to procure a Light Icebreaker for use in the Great Lakes and St Lawrence river. The Vessel would also tend to navaids, and SAR Duties. The CCGS Earl Grey, based in Halifax is one variation of light icebreaker currently in use. The government is looking to procure an existing vessel, and modify it to suit, with the actual contract award for the winter 20/21 time frame. OR They could just re-assign the Earl Grey to the lakes, and pick up another medium or the Heavy that Davie Proposed. The Samuel Risley is the twin of earl Grey, and is assigned to the lakes now.
Feb 21 1796: Halifax harbour freezes over. Feb 20 1797: Nelson is promoted to Rear Admiral of the Blue Feb 18 1846: US Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft officially changed term “larboard” to “port” to avoid confusion Feb 18 1815: The United States ratifies the Treaty of Ghent, thus ending the War of 1812
CBC is reporting that the newish Mid Shore patrol vessels bob about uncomfortably. though the design is proven, the Canadian boats were built without stabilizes (that the USCG boats have) and the RHIB arrangement can make them top heavy.
3.West Coast Catches up The Haida Gwaii Observer wrote about the Alam Sayang, a ship that was disabled off the BC Coast, that I wrote about last week. its a problem when the first public telling of the story comes from the east coast
4.Sunken Frigate the Helge Ingstad will need 6 days of good weather to be lifted and moved.
5. Ships Start here CSC Design contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin/BAE in an announcement last Friday at the shipyard.
Feb 14 – Battle of St Vincent’s were the British defeated the Spanish off Portugal. Feb 13 1779 – James cook is killed by natives in the Hawaiian islands. Feb 10 1722 – Bartholomew Roberts is killed in battle. He is better known as the pirate Black Bart
1.Fighting Words Davie issued a release calling Bullshit on the governments claim that assessment was done, and their is no need for a second interim vessel, and several committees actually say the contrary. Davie also released the video below, which makes some problematic statements.
3. Crane Collapse in Vancouver A gantry crane was struck by the container ship Ever Summit, knocking it off the rails, and causing the boom to collapse onto the ship. The Ship was docking at the terminal when the incident happened. Video has been released.
#CCGLive – Lac St-Pierre #Quebec UPDATE Ice has broken up and traffic is returning to normal. Transit restrictions have been lifted. CCGS Pierre Radisson and Amundsen will continue icebreaking in the area of Yamachiche. pic.twitter.com/ngWb78lMEg
2.Alliance Extended The Oceans Alliance, consisting of container Lines COSCO, CMA-CGM, Evergreen and OOCL have announced the extension of their Alliance until 2027. The alliance, which formed in 2017, was initially for 5 years, with 2 five year options for extension, both of which have now been exercised 2 years into the Alliance.
Troms Sirius and Lundstrom Tide ended their Charter to Horizon Maritime and were reflagged and Sailed from Halifax. Both vessels were chartered from Tidewater for use during BP’s exploration program, which has since ended.
4.Naval Gazing HMCS Ville De Quebec returned to Halifax Monday, after being deployed to the Mediterranean with NATO. HMCS Toronto sailed to take VDQ’s place on Saturday. The 22nd saw HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Kingston deploy for 3 months to West Africa.
5.Bernie Smith is wrong. This past weekend, Bernie Smith wrote an opinion piece in the Herald, arguing that Halterm should be moved to Dartmouth. Hes wrong, for a number of reasons, but the big one, is Halifax can have multiple terminals.
6.Baby Whales Another North Atlantic right whale calf has been spotted off the coast of Florida. Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it’s the third calf sighting since December. Right whales typically migrate from the North Atlantic to give birth off Georgia and Florida from December through March.
1.No Offshore Oil BP is giving up Half its NS Exploration licenses. Earlier this year shell returned them all. this suggests very limited returns in Nova Scotia’s Offshore. the CNSOPB recently listed 2 parcels off sable island for bid. these are neighbors to the Sable Gas and Deep Panuke projects which recently shutdown.
2.Magnetic Pole the Magnetic north pole – the point at which all compasses actually point is moving alot faster all of a sudden, and is leading to problems with Charts. The movement is known as variation, and is typically x degrees per year.
3.misdeclared Cargo Maersk will begin spot checking contents of containers at some ports in a bid to weed out mis declared cargo. HNS Cargo can be misdecalered through oversight, or in a bid by shippers to save money.
4.This week in the Herald
this week in the Herald, I talk about places of refuge. The Yantain Express has requested a place of refuge (Halifax) from the Government of Canada.
1.this is pretty. What markings on ships mean. this is interesting, and beautifully photographed.
3.Montreal Montreal longshoreman voted 99.5% in favour of striking. the vote is merely symbolic, as they are under mediation until the end of February, and the vote is only valid for 60 days. Another vote would need to be held.
Jan 9, 1978 – A severe storm strikes the east coast, causing a great deal of destruction and coastal flooding from Virginia to Nova Scotia. Jan 8, 1943 – The first tanker convoy from Trinidad to North America was attacked by a U-boat Wolf Pack. seven of the nine tankers were sunk.
2018 Flashback moment: That big groupe photo during Rimpac, no stress…. 😎 For those who’d like to know, the radar is set to 1.5nm, you think I was keeping a close eye on the speed?! Little stressful after all…! pic.twitter.com/arH9FhPz97
1.A cup of Christmas Cheer Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year. 2019 will be the 11th year of us doing this. Anyway, Stay tuned for the Year in review, and Best photos posts. previous years reviews can be found: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
2.Last drop Sable Offshore Gas project will flow its last gas Monday, and the last phases of shutdown will take place, with the wells being capped. The Jack up Rig Noble Regina Allen has been working to cap the gas wells as the project is decommissioned.
3.This Week in the Herald This week, You can find me on the front page of the Business Section. The Construction of the Halterm Expansion is Finally underway, for real this time.
Dec 29 1956 – HMCS Magnificent sailed for egypt to deliver troops and supplies, in response to the suez crisis
Dec 26 1943- RN sinks the German battleship Scharnhorst off Norway
4.Container Rack the terminal operator DP World plans to build a rack to store containers. the rack will enable more capacity and efficiency in the same space. Now – if we could get autoport to install car silos!
The practice of putting a tree at the top of a mast, known as "topping out" can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction. #holidayhistorypic.twitter.com/UUCZOJaHEZ
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.