Clubbing the Canadian Coast Guard

March 31, 2008

Image conscious Canadian Coast Guard is under quite a few spotlights these days. Theres is bound to be some discomfort at HQ after several incidents in the Maritimes (Eastern Canada) which has drawn media scrutiny, and even became the second topic discussed today in the house of commons’ Question Period. The Prime Minister stated that the accident would be investigated publicly, by no less that the Coast Guard, Dept of…


Icebreaker to the Aid!

It has been a many years since Marine Atlantic Ferries have not been able to get into Sydney due to ice !! NORTH SYDNEY — The Canadian Coast Guard has sent its largest icebreaker to rescue a passenger ferry that can’t enter Sydney Harbour due to high winds and chunks of ice.About 170 passengers spent Tuesday night aboard the MV Caribou, but a spokeswoman for Marine Atlantic said they were…

March 20, 2008

A Case of A Little Too Much New Years Eve?

In St. John’s, 2 ships go bump in the nightLast Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:38 AM NTCBC NewsA Canadian Coast Guard vessel was struck in St. John’s Harbour on New Year’s Day when a transport ship bumped into it. The 224-metre container ship Cabot slipped its moorings in the harbour and then drifted into the coast guard vessel. Crews manage to drop an anchor from the Cabot to stop…

January 2, 2008

Trihedral VTS Set To Expand

Where does this fit in the marine world?Trihedral VTS Alarm and Monitoring and tank sounding system is fitted in ships on the East Coast and North Sea. They have also developed and retrofitted FAMP control and breaker control software on older ships. The alarm and monitoring software is very user friendly and I haven’t met anyone who didn’t like it. And to make it that much better, they are a…

October 5, 2007

More About SAR Exercise

‘It’s very perplexing’Ferry captain had no sign fumes were making people sickBy WITH LAURANORTH SYDNEY— The captain of the Marine Atlantic ferry involved in a dramatic search and rescue drill that went awry this week said Friday his crew had no indication there was a problem with fumes that sent dozens of people to hospital.Master Keith Hopkins said he only learned of Thursday’s incident after someone informed him that 21…

September 29, 2007

Exercise gets a touch of realism

September 28, 2007

Newfoundland ferry disaster drill turns into real thingKen Meaney, CanWest News ServicePublished: Thursday, September 27, 2007 A mock ferry disaster off Newfoundland’s west coast got a little too real Thursday when 21 people onboard a lifeboat were overcome by smoke. In total, 14 people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation from fumes given off by fibreglass that became overheated when it got too close to the exhaust system onboard the lifeboat….