Canada’s register to add two crude tankers

June 29, 2014

MV Palva in Montreal, now owned by Transport Maritime St Laurent I’m back in Quebec, passing through Quebec City, on our way to Oswego, with a load of Aluminum ingots from the smelter in Sept Iles, bound for Mitsubishi. As we pass my “old stomping grounds” in Quebec City I see no signs of Valero’s “new” Panamax tankers. Apparently the whole deal and its details are quite hush, hush, but…

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Looking to dodge Cdn taxes? look to DFO for advice

March 14, 2014

What’s good for the goose… In response to my recent blog post on a decision, denying a Canada Coasting Act waiver by the Canada Transportation Agency (CTA) – which is very unusual – Halifax Shipping News tweeted about another story, where the Canadian federal government seems to be stabbing the Canadian marine industry in the back. In his blog post, Halifax Shipping News highlights a Request for Proposal (RFP) by…

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The CTA refuses a Waiver – Pinch me !

March 12, 2014

Actual Cdn. content may vary Stunned, amazed – “pinch me”, the Canada Transportation Agency has surprised me! You see, I started watching more closely the application and decision process of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), several years ago, after my previous vessel was “displaced” by foreign tankers operating between Canadian ports. For whatever reason, our vessel, its entire crew, and its management lost the work we had been doing for…

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Walking Dead settlement found

February 28, 2014

Old jet fighter, center of town In the previous posts I talked allot about isolation and prisons, well, because it feels like that for me right now. I am on a small tug near the town of Stephenville, in western Newfoundland. We are docked at the site of the old pulp mill, abandoned a few years ago.  I was coming back from town the other day, after paying the cab…

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Cold and desolate

December 10, 2013

Pulling up the barge’s spuds on a very chilly day We pulled stakes – literally, the barge was “staked” in – from Deception Bay about three weeks ago (as written at the time when I had no internet service). However the weather deteriorating, and not having an anchor on the barge, meant we steamed around the bay doing circles for three days. Yes, there is no more fun a sailor…

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The “Borg” ship in the bay of deception

October 28, 2013

Wartsila 8L46, Arneborg Power plant Apologies for the misleading post title goes out to the ST:TNG crowd… cool title though, eh! We are drawing to a close, ship loading operations up here in Deception Bay, on the northernmost tip of the province of Quebec. Wagenborg’s Arneborg is the second ship to load ore, from the new nickel mine operated by Nunavut Nickel and Canadian Royalties. With 6 lifts of bagged…

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Oceanex takes delivery of Connaigra

September 28, 2013

Oceanex Conaigra leaving its German builders Today, Canada’s newest Canadian flagged cargo ship left its builders at Flensburger, in Germany, bound for Newfoundland and an excited crowd. The Oceanex Connaigra is owned and operated by St John’s based Oceanex. Oceanex operates the Oceanex Avalon, Cabot, Oceanex Sanderling and the Connaigra will join its fleetmates of RO/LOs serving the drop trailer, container service to Newfoundland and Labrador. Lori Caines, Spokesperson for…

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Oh sure, why not ! Anybody else…

August 18, 2013

I partly attribute my loss of a good job, and those of my 20 shipmates last year, to the ability of cargo owners to be quickly granted Canada Transportation Act waiver – where foreign owned ships, who pay no Canadian income tax (among others), hire no Canadians, yet operate in Canadian waters, or between Canadian ports. As a guy who’s invested pretty heavily in a seagoing Marine Engineering career, and…

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