Winter ship rituals

January 21, 2015

Ocean Intrepid breaks ice, preparing for the arrival of Oceanex Avalon in Montreal As most know, the winters in Canada can be somewhat challenging. In the Great Lakes area, the winter of 2013-2014 was particularly good example of that statement, with record ice covering all of the Great Lakes and their inter-connecting rivers, well past the normal “ice season”. Some ships on Lake Superior even experienced breaking ice in late…

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Where’s the money from ?

August 24, 2014

Davie Yard on the St Lawrence River near Quebec City In previous posts we explore the rebound and challenges of Davie Shipyard. The venerable shipyard, established 192 years ago sits across from Quebec City, on the St Lawrence River.  The shipyard is projecting a confident air about them, recently delivering a complex offshore construction vessel to European operators, with two more being completed, and two other ships on contract. Running…

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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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Its ok to breath now…

Long time visitor and contributor to the site, Bilge Rat, sent me this video a few weeks back. It’s a riveting drama of a tug in a dire spot on the fast moving waters of the Mississippi, and another tug comes to the rescue. Also a good lesson for all sailors, whether sailing on green, blue or brown waters, always keep your watertight doors and hatches closed and dogged! He…

June 26, 2012
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Ocean to dredge river

June 21, 2011

Progressive and innovative Quebec City based Groupe Ocean has won an important dredging contract from the government, to dredge the St Lawrence River, and maintain parts of its navigational channels. Dragage St Maurice, a division of Groupe Ocean, won the $30 million dollar contract, which will see two sections of the St Lawrence being cleared of an estimated 70,000 tons of silts annually, from around Ile D’Orleans, just downstream from…

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Spruceglen serves up PR

January 12, 2011

I am just working through an update for the main site, and came accross an interesting link to a Canadian Geographic Magazine piece, on the the St Lawrence Seaway. For those outside Canada, who may not be familiar with the seaway; it is a major piece in Canada’s maritime industry, and a fairly impressive feat of engineering. The article by author D’Arcy Jenish, lays out what the Seaway is all…

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Playing in the H2O

October 5, 2009

Send help – need more diapers ! I hope my Second Class exams include proper procedure for changing full diapers on very squirmy kids, I am sure I would ace it. Yes I have been very busy at home on my time off from the ship, maybe a little too busy since I have not posted any new blog entries in a while. Sorry, but dootie calls. This morning, I…

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