The cruise ship Maasdam arrived this morning and tied up at pier 22 on one its regular visits.
Maasdam gliding in to port this morning.
Gulf Spray sets out from the old Coast Guard base in Dartmouth to pier 22 to remove refuse from the Maasdam. The motorboat and barge remain alongside for most of the day.
Late in the afternoon the CCGS G.Peddle S.C. entered port and raced up the west side of George's Island, paying no heed to the barge alongside, leaving a significant wake, which tore into the barge tossing it about madly.
By the time CCGS G. Peddle S.C. reached the Narrows it was travelling at a sensible speed.
Fortunately the barge and motorboat crews were alert and took precautions, and there were no parted lines nor injuries.
This incident raises two questions:
1. Is the CCG immune to the harbour speed rules? There was no emergency which would have caused the G.Peddle to exceed the safe speed in the harbour.
Who was on watch on the G.Peddle that could not have seen the barge alongside the cruise ship or would have been so unaware that there was likely to be a barge alongside?
The only objective as I could see was that the G.Peddle was in "hurry home" mode.
2. Who was on watch at Halifax Traffic? Surely an attentive watchstander at Halifax Traffic would have noted the G.Peddle's speed and been aware that it was bearing down on the barge.
I do not know if the barge had asked for a "low wake" notice - if they did, then Halifax Traffic was really asleep on the job. But even if they didn't, Halifax Traffic should have alerted the G.Peddle to the effect that there was a barge alongside.