The ship was freed by tugs some time later and returned to its berth.
Monday, February 28, 2011
The ship was freed by tugs some time later and returned to its berth.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Nonetheless she is a significant vessel and it would be a shame if no one stepped forward to save her. She is in need of significant expenditure, and that may be what is holding people back. Her hull is obviously hogged and despite years of TLC from McEvoy it is probably time for a rebuild. Perhaps not as drastic as Bluenose II is getting, but extensive nonetheless. As the Bluenose II project proves we certainly still have the skills in Nova Scotia to do such a rebuild, and the schooner would certainly seem to belong here is anywhere.
See: http://www.schoonermuseum.org/ and many other web entries under her name.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
These residues are reprocessed by the refinery.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Atlantic Container line is part of the Grimaldi Group of Italy, but its ships still fly the Swedish flag reflecting some of the orginal founding owners of ACL. Crew services and other management has recently passed from Rederi AB Transatlantic to other operators.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
This morning's incident, which I witnessed, really defies understanding.
A small covered lifeboat, with several persons draped around it - in what may have been survival suits (good idea boys!) would not give way to the containership Antwerpen Express (54,437 gross tons, built 23000, 4890 TEU.) The ship was inbound for Fairview Cove and was passing west of George's Island to avoid two navy tugs, one with a barge (which could easily have given way to the ship also, but that is another story.)
Even when the container ship sounded a warning signal, the lifeboat blithely carried on crossing the ship's path. There may have been radio contact between the two, I don't know, but the lifeboat certainly didn't take advantage of several hundred feet of safe territory between it and the shore. A port to port passing was certainly entirely feasible, and there was no need for the lifeboat to cross the ship's bow.
In my opinion they endangered themselves for no good reason.
1. small lifeboat 2011-02-14 time: 11.10.43
1. The Singapore flagged Moor has been up the St.Lawrence and Saguenay recently. It still carries a fair amount of frozen spray forward, despite today's milder temperatures.
Friday, February 11, 2011
[see also October 10, 2010 posting on this ship]
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
There is a strange category of Canadian flagged ships. These are ships which fly the Canadian flag, but are not considered to be Canadian under the Coasting Trade Act of 1992. The question is why does such a category exist?
Canada falls somewhere in the middle. Cabotage is restricted in Canada, but not to the same degree as the US. For instance there is no restriction that Canadian flagged ships must be built in Canada. At one time the construction of ships in Canada was directly subsidized by the government, but that has largely ended. Subsidies are now in the form of loan guarantees, structured financing and shipyard subsidies. Until 2010 all imported foreign built ships were subject to a 25% custom duty. That has now also been relaxed to a degree, and duties are remitted for certain classes of large cargo ships/ tankers and ferries built abroad. However the duty still applies to smaller craft. This is seen as a means to promote Canadian shipyards.
The main area of distinction with the US regime is in the area of exceptions. The Canadian Transportation Agency has the authority to make a determination if a suitable Canadian ship is or is not available to carry out a certain coastal trip or trips. Subject to a number of other conditions relating to Ship Safety, foreign worker permits other taxes paid, etc., the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness may grant a coasting license to a foreign flag ship. This makes sense when there is a small domestic shipping industry and a ship is needed short term. Under this arrangement there is no absolute requirement for the foreign ship to have a Canadian crew, however under certain circumstances it may be required.
If the license is granted, the duty and taxes are paid on a pro-rated basis for that period of time. Because the ship has complied with many other Canadian regulations such as ship safety, pollution permits, as required by the Canada Shipping Act, and has no issues with foreign worker permits, it is a much simpler process than for a foreign vessel.
Built in 2001 and measuring 62,385 gross tons, 112,056 tonnes deadweight, it is owned in Barbados, managed by OSG Shipmanagement (UK) Ltd but represented in Canada by OSG Shipmanagement (Canada) Inc of Kirkland, QC.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
1. Georgia S. arriving in Halifax in ballast, 2005-09-25, a sight never to be seen in Halifax again.
When Georgia S. sailed on January 25 [see January 27 post] I was not aware that it was likely the last time we will ever see the ship in Halifax. A familiar sight for thirty years and almost a fixture since 2009, the ship has been reassigned. It was the final ship in a series of self-unloading bulkers developed by Ole Skaarup, a New York based shipping entrepreneur and visionary.
Meanwhile Skaarup had the cargo section of Colon Brown rebuilt and a new bow and stern built and attached by Sasebo in 1978. It was named the Gold Bond Trailblazer and measured 14,956 gross tons (later 18,241) and 26,608 deadweight. It was also an on/again off again caller in Halifax, but in 1998 it was acquired by CSL International and renamed CSL Trailblazer. It is still operating in the CSL International pool on the west coast of North America, last reported in Baha California
6. Georgia S. sailing from Halifax for the last time 2011-01-25.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
1. Polar Star arriving Halifax 2001-05-18 following conversion work at Verreault shipyard in Méchins, QC. There was still fitting out work to do before the ship went into service.
Karlsen Shipping of Halifax operates Polar Star Expeditions and the icebreaking expedition ship Polar Star, in the arctic in summer and antarctic in (our) winter. Last summer the ship was aground in Norway, and now it has grounded on the Antarctic Peninsula.
On January 31 while en route from Antarctica to Argentina it fetched up on Detaille Island. Early reports indicate that the ship's outer hull was punctured. All 80 passengers and 35 crew were reported safe, and damage is minimal, but the Argentine navy may be evacuating all the passengers. The ship is the former Swedish icebreaker Njord, built in 1969 and was acquired and refitted for cruising in 2000.
This a breaking story, so more news will likely be coming in frequently-check for updates.