West coast tugs and the Prime Minister’s babysitter

August 18, 2018

The federal government of Canada recently revealed a plaque commemorating the humble tug and its important role in BC’s development. Tugs and towing was a fundamental part of BC development, since all matters of products moving in and out of tight inlets and tricky narrows, deep fjords were generally move by tug and barge. BC’s tug industry spawned an important marine cluster around Vancouver. Notable marine industry names from the…

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Government of Canada awards contract under the Oceans Protection Plan to increase emergency offshore towing capability off British Columbia coast

August 10, 2018

August 9, 2018 – Gatineau (Quebec) – Public Services and Procurement Canada Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to achieve a world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s waters and coasts today and into the future. An important part of this Plan is ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to prevent potential marine pollution incidents. Following an open and competitive process,…

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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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