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Monday, November 30, 2020

Canadian Coast Guard News

William O’Neil was Secretary-General of IMO from 1990 to 2003. (Photo: IMO)

IMO SG Emeritus William O’Neil Passes Away

William A. O’Neil, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has died in the United Kingdom, aged 93.O’Neil was elected Secretary-General of the IMO for a first term of Office beginning in 1990, a second term beginning in 1994, a third term beginning in 1998 and a further two-year term from 2002 to 31 December 2003. He was the second longest serving Secretary-General of IMO.Current IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim expressed his sincere condolences to the Canadian Government…

Jillian Carson-Jackson (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Nautical Institute's New President Outlines Top Goals

The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Jillian Carson-Jackson has vowed to help the Institute and wider maritime community meet three important challenges – those of diversity and inclusion, branch engagement and managing the impact of technology.Speaking at today’s Nautical Institute Annual General Meeting she announced a pledge from the Institute on diversity and inclusion saying: “There has been a concerted effort over the past years to raise visibility of not just women, but the overall role of diversity and inclusion in maritime.

American Steamship Company’s M/V American Courage upbound on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio with a load of taconite from the iron ranges on Lake Superior for ArcelorMittal Cleveland, one of the most productive integrated steel mills in the world. (Photo Credit: Thomas Rayburn)

Great Lakes Shipping Companies Navigate Market Challenges Ahead

For U.S.-flag shipping on the Great Lakes, 2019 was a good year. Total cargos were 90 million net tons, up 7.5% over 2018 and 4.6% over the five-year average. 49.7 million net tons of iron ore were shipped, up 8.5% over 2018 and 11.7% over the five year. Limestone was up 9.7% over 2018 and 10.2% over the five-year average. In 2010 and 2011, coal and limestone were each about 20 million net tons. Since then, coal has shown a steady decline as coal-fired power generating plants…

Harry DeWolf's Sea Trials Underway

Halifax Shipyard has commenced initial builder’s sea trials for Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf.The lead AOPS departed Halifax Shipyard at 0945 and, using its diesel-electric engines, moved to the Bedford Basin to start initial builder’s sea trails associated with anchor handling, the integrated bridge and navigation system (IBNS), fin stabilizers, Multi-Role Rescue Boat (MRRB) launch and recovery, and communication systems.Initial…

Canada’s 2nd Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Launched

The Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, was launched yesterday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Halifax Shipyard.The launch of the second of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy, marks a significant milestone for Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet.The 103-metre future HMCS Margaret Brooke transitioned from Halifax Shipyard’s land level facility to a submersible barge on Nov.

Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping: We need Icebreakers

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry is calling for at least five new icebreakers to be part of the federal government’s recent announcement of $15.7 billion for Canadian Coast Guard fleet renewal.Chamber of Marine Commerce President Bruce Burrows will be in attendance as the Coast Guard dedicates the Captain Molly Kool into service at its home port of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Captain Molly Kool was recently retrofitted to provide services along the East Coast.

Maersk Seafarer Goes Overboard

A.P.M Moeller-Maersk (Maersk) has informed the search for the missing seafarer who fell overboard from the Maersk Patras on May 19, 2019, has been suspended.“It is with regret we have received the news that the search and rescue operation was unsuccessful and we must conclude that we have lost our colleague. It is a tragic situation for the family and we have offered them our full support. My deepest condolences and thoughts go to them,” says Søren Toft, COO of A.P. Moller - Maersk…

USCGC Mackinaw in Duluth. Credit: port of Duluth

2019 Shipping Season to Open for Duluth

Last night’s arrival of United States Coast Guard Cutters Alder and Mackinaw signaled that the 2019 commercial shipping season is soon to commence for the Port of Duluth-Superior and the entire region.The Alder and Mackinaw made their way across Lake Superior from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, opening a 100-foot lane in the ice that will be widened soon by Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley in support of breakout efforts that will also include local tugs from the Great Lakes Towing Company and Heritage Marine.

Canada Launches Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) has celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) - OFSV1, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV). In 2011, the Government of Canada competitively selected Seaspan to be its Non-Combat Shipbuilder as part of the NSS program. Under the NSS, Seaspan will build and deliver non-combat vessels at the company's state-of-the-art facility in North Vancouver for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Canadian Navy.

Elaine and Rollie Webb (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Webb Receives SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence

Rollie Webb, Senior Vice President at Robert Allan Ltd., was presented with the SS Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence by the Lt. Governor of B.C. Judith Guichon on behalf of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in a ceremony held on November 9 in Victoria. Webb joined Robert Allan Ltd. in 2008 and assumed duties as Senior Vice President in 2015. Webb has more than 40 years of experience in marine engineering and shipyard experience, starting out in ship operations as a marine engineer at sea…

North Atlantic right whales (Photo: Jolinne Surrette / Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Orders Ships to Reduce Speed to Prevent Whale Deaths

Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday. The deaths have made 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, researchers said. The ministries of transport and fisheries issued a temporary order for vessels 20 meters or longer to slow to a maximum of 10 knots in the western portion of the Gulf, which stretches from Quebec to north of Prince Edward Island.

Port of Prince Rupert Adds Shore-based Radar

The Port of Prince Rupert has commissioned a new shore-based radar regime designed to safely accommodate the port’s growth in vessel traffic and international trade. Shore-based radar builds on the existing vessel traffic service that provides active vessel monitoring and navigational information to vessels at the Port of Prince Rupert. Transmitting data from three tower sites across the port’s coastal shores, the system provides coverage ranging from the northeast of Haida Gwaii to the Alaskan border.

Cutter Tahoma Returns Home

The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned to their homeport of Kittery, Maine, Sunday after a 65-day offshore patrol in New England waters. The Tahoma's efforts were in support of the Coast Guard’s Operation Atlantic Venture, which focused on the safety of sea life and the enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations on commercial and recreational fishing vessels in the Atlantic from Maine to Northern New Jersey. This included protection of closed fishing areas and the prevention of overfishing. Over the course of the nine-week patrol, the crew conducted 56 at-sea law enforcement boardings.

Seaspan Hosts Atlantic Canada Industry Day

More than 100 people representing over 70 companies attended Seaspan Shipyards’ second annual Atlantic Canada Industry Day hosted in Halifax today. During the session, attendees received an update on Seaspan’s progress on its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) Non-Combat package of vessels and associated supply chain opportunities. “Through the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan has embarked on many years of sustained shipbuilding on the West Coast that is already delivering results to Canada…

Coast Guard leaders of US, Canada reinvest in Safety Agreement

Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District joined Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region Friday in the midst of annual festivities at the Grand Haven, Michigan, Coast Guard Festival to review and sign the annual update of the operational annex to the bilateral Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan between the United States and Canada, commonly referred to as the CANUSLAK Plan, Friday morning. The…

Jonathan Whitworth (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan’s Whitworth Earns Top CEO Honors

Seaspan announced that its CEO Jonathan Whitworth has been named Business in Vancouver’s 2016 BC CEO of the Year. Each year, Business in Vancouver – along with its partners – seek nominations for British Columbia’s most outstanding business people in private and public sector companies to honor them for their achievements. Seaspan’s Jonathan Whitworth has been named the winner of the Enterprise Category (revenues of $500 million and above), the largest of all the awards. “We are so proud of Jonathan and pleased his achievements and hard work are being recognized with such a prominent award…

Update on Roger Blough Salvage

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond to the motor vessel Roger Blough, Wednesday, after the vessel ran aground Friday afternoon on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef through the combined efforts of Canadian partners, company representatives and the U.S. Coast Guard. DonJon-Smit salvage divers have completed their underwater survey of the Blough's hull and the salvage plan is being revised to reflect on-scene conditions.

Work Continues on Roger Blough

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to monitor and respond to the motor vessel Roger Blough, Tuesday, after the vessel ran aground Friday afternoon on Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Plans continue to progress to safely free the Blough from Gros Cap Reef through the combined efforts of Canadian partners, company representatives and the U.S. Coast Guard. Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response personnel are in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with a large inventory of pollution control equipment.

Brian Carter (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan Responds to Canada’s NSS Announcement

In response to the Government of Canada’s announcement of a series of enhancements to strengthen the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Seaspan Shipyards’ president Brian Carter issued a statement commending the government’s efforts and reinforcing the shipbuilder’s role in producing ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. “We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada’s support for the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and applaud its commitment to continuous improvement,” Carter said.

Four Saved on Lake Erie

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews collaborated to rescue four people in separate cases early Monday morning on Lake Erie. The names of those rescued are not being released. Just before 3 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, New York, heard a mayday call over VHF-FM channel 16 from a 37-foot sailing vessel that was taking on water with one man aboard. Sector Buffalo launched a Station Buffalo crew aboard a 45-foot response boat and requested the launch of a Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Detroit.

Cold storage (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Feeding a Crew, Without Want or Waste

When a Canadian Coast Guard ship such as the CCGS Pierre Radisson heads for the Arctic, it is for a long time. Managing food consumption on this voyage is a logistical feat. There must be enough food to last throughout unforeseen events while limiting food waste and unnecessary costs. This task belongs to the logistics officer, assisted by the storekeeper/clerk. The length of the ship's mission. The number of people involved, including in transit. The specific needs of the chief cook and cook/steward. Each person's specific diet or food intolerances.

Seaspan Building 2nd OFSV

Seaspan Shipyards, announced today the start of construction on Seaspan’s second National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) ship, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)’s second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV). “Seaspan is now full-steam ahead on the production and delivery of its first two National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) vessels, and we are re-writing shipbuilding history in Canada in the process for generations to come,” said Brian Carter. With production of the second OFSV now underway, significant progress continues on the first OFSV with 35 of 37 blocks currently under construction.

MSC Monica Refloated

Panama-flagged container ship MSC Monica, which ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, Quebec city, Canada on January 22, was refloated, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). The 43,618 dwt container vessel was sailing from Montreal to St. Johns in Newfoundland. The Mediterranean Shippgng Co (MSC) company owned ship refloated on Saturday after deballasting 2,000 tons of water and with the assistance of three tugs of Ocean Group, came from Quebec. The Container ship is currently at the port of Quebec, where it will undergo several inspections.

MSC Monica Aground on St. Lawrence River

MSC Monica, Mediterranean Shipping Company container vessel, ran aground on the St. Lawrence River near Saint-Laurent, between Bécancour and Levis. The box ship left Montreal and headed down the river, but suffered steering gear failure, which caused leaving the fairway and grounding in the sand-mud shallow. Media reports say that the ship hardly stuck and was not able to refloat by own power. The crew requested assistance from the local authorities, which started organizing of salvage operation. Efforts will be made to shift the vessel today. It is not disrupting traffic.

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii. Transport Canada says the MV North Star is once again en route to Tacoma, Washington. According to The Canadian Press, the Coast Guard ship should arrive about 4 a.m. local time Wednesday when the North Star will be about 20 nautical miles from shore.

Harper Government Invests in Naufrage Harbor

The Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today an investment to improve safety and working conditions for fishermen at Naufrage Harbor, Prince Edward Island. This funding will be used to replace a section of an existing deteriorated wharf with a new structure, repair the entrance breakwater and carry out maintenance dredging of the channel. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country.