The hammer drops (on Canadian cabotage)

July 25, 2012

McCleary’s Spirit, loaded, in Quebec My gut is big, and not necessarily pretty, but its usually accurate when it comes to intuition. I felt that any day now we would have work for our ship, a product tanker, or something drastic would happen. Well, as it turns out, the latter happened. If you follow this blog, you’ll recalled that the ship I sail on was recently been laid up in…


Welcome home Mariner

August 5, 2011

Canada’s newest ship, is fully loaded with its first cargo of iron ore, and proceeding up the St Lawrence Seaway onto Hamilton. We passed the Algoma Mariner shortly before lunch today, just upstream of Quebec City. A new ship is always an impressive sight, especially since it is so rare in these parts. The ship’s genesis came about a few years back, when Algoma decided to rebuilt two older ship,…


The finance minister pulls the trigger

October 2, 2010

In twin announcements by high ranking Conservative Party types, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in Ontario, and Treasury Board President Stockwell Day in BC, the Canadian government granted the waiver of duties (tax) for imported ships over 129 meters long. This waiver has long been sought by Canadian shipowners, and has been seriously rumored for several years now. This means that “big ships” coming into the Canadian Register, will not be…


Algoma rolls with the punches

February 10, 2010

The Algoma Discovery ran aground due to mechanical reasons, off the coast of Ile d’Orlean, just off Quebec City, on the St Lawrence River, on the evening of Monday, February 8. The vessel was freed the following day (yesterday) helped by high tides. According to, the MV Algoma Discovery, ex MV Daviken, is registered in Nassau, Bahamas and is currently under charter to Fednav. The vessel is 222 m…