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31  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CCGS AMUNDSEN : Engine problems? on: February 03, 2012, 02:17:09 am
Not to stretch too far off the topic, but I think it will be enough for the Canadian government to get around to replacing its heavy icebreaker fleet, without getting into opening the Seaway year round.
As for container ships going into the lakes I do not see it happening. The ports of Halifax and Montreal do a very good job of transferring containers to trains and moving the boxes on to Toronto, Detroit and Chicago. Yes many also go by truck, but that is inevitable.
The Seaway is a much slower way of moving cargo, and I don't see the economics of transferring containers from ocean going ships to Seaway ships instead of trains. Also the cost of making the Seaway a winter operation would be enormous.
But back to icebreaking. What is really needed is a top class icebreaking fleet.
I read today that the new CCGS John G. Diefenbaker will not work south of 60.
Meaning it will not do winter work in the Gulf or river. All the more need to get some new ships going soon!
32  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Svendborg distress signal, mid-Atlantic on: January 26, 2012, 11:43:13 pm
Svendborg (IMO 9048263) sent a distress message from the mid-Atlantic on January 23. She was on a vogage from Ipswich, UK to Georgetown, Guyana. Has anyone heard any news since then?
33  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Minimal Ice Class requirements on the St-Lawrence river navigation. Baltic sea on: January 20, 2012, 01:57:28 pm
Very interesting discussion. MSC Tia, with ill-prepared ship and crew is not new, as you say it has been going on for a long time. The first winter ships going to Montreal, the Helga Dan and the Russians were built for navigation in ice.
I believe there should be more restrictions - surely from the insurers, but also from the government. If not things will become worse and we will have the disaster everyone fears.
And I am sorry to say that we live in a time when changes are only made after the disaster occurs. 
34  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: HMCS Iroquois Oct 1988 on: January 18, 2012, 12:59:52 am
I suspected I had another slide somewhere and here it is, from 1980.
35  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: HMCS Iroquois Oct 1988 on: January 18, 2012, 12:32:25 am
Best I can do is this one from August 1978. Sexy looking ship!
36  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: CCGS AMUNDSEN : Engine problems? on: January 10, 2012, 02:11:02 pm

The Canadian and US icebreaker fleets are aging and in bad shape. These ships should all have been replaced or at least repowered years ago. Government policy has been to feed only the child that screams loudest, and like much of our public infrastructure, the icebreaker fleets are crumbling badly.
This winter the Louis S. St-Laurent will be in refit until March, following unscheduled repairs to its centre prop, which cut short research work in the arctic.
Now with Amundsen out, we are short two heavy icebreakers!
The recently announced government shipbuilding procurement program only covers the replacement for the Louis S St-Laurent, but the Terry Fox is to be retired in 2020 and the Radisson class will have to be replaced by then too. Yet no announcements have been made.
It would be a wonderful idea to set up an icebreaker replacement program with the Davie yard as sole contractor. That would to replace six to ten medium icebreakers, with a new one to be delivered every two years. It would keep them going for a long time. 

http://shipfax.blogspot.com/2011/12/ccgs-louis-s-st-laurent-novadock-to-bio.html
37  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: What is this? on: January 09, 2012, 03:06:35 am
Hi Steve
Yes you it right it is an ice bubbler, powered by an air compressor. I have seen pictures from the 1950s where it was being used, so it has been around a long time.
It would only be used where they don't want the ship frozen in, or if they are going to send divers down to do work on the prop area.
The icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent has an ice bubbler system mounted in the ship, which is quite impressive when it is running.
Mac
38  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fire at the Port of Quebec City on: December 02, 2011, 12:26:25 am
Thanks for posting Steve.
39  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Ship scrapping on Ghana beach on: December 01, 2011, 11:50:40 pm
My money would be on the Sir Michael... ex J.C.Philips ex Gulf Gatineau.
Reasons:
1. The ventilation grille on the after side of the funnel did not appear on the Enerchem Avance. Both Gulf Mackenzie and Gulf Gatineau had those vents as built and throughout subsequent ownerships.
2. Only J.C.Phillips ex Gulf Gatineau had the exhaust stack extensions. They were added before 1992, and do not appear on sister. Her exhaust pipes barely showed above the top of the funnel.
40  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Davie yard acquired by Upper lakes shipyard on: October 28, 2011, 01:50:08 pm
Merci Alex
You are correct. The OLD Davie is now renamed 4370422 Canada Inc. It has few assets, except the property which is mortgaged beyond its value. If it is declared bankrupt there will be little effect on the new yard.
The NEW Davie is 7731299 Canada Inc,and owns substantially all the assets of the old yard.
My concern is that if the OLD yard goes bankrupt the property/land on which it sits may be effected. What do you think?
41  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Davie yard acquired by Upper lakes shipyard on: October 28, 2011, 01:19:23 am
The proven creditors have voted to accept .05 cents on the dollar as final settlement of the outstanding obligations of the yard. In other words, $1 million will be handed over to creditors to satisfy $200 million dollars of debt.
Unfortunately two other creditors have decided to contest the agreement and will go to court at the end of November to make their case.
Until then the yard is not saved from bankruptcy. The two creditors could force the sale of the yard piecemeal, thus ruining the present plan to bring the yard back to life.
According to the court appointed monitor's report, those outstanding claims were made by Ocean Hotels and Mecanarc.Ocean Hotels is the company that ordered the tow vessels under construciton at the yard. Mecanarc is a local metal fabricator.
The monitor stated in his latest report that the break-up value of the yard would be even less than the .05% settlement offer.
One has to wonder what will be gained by pressing these claims.
42  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Davie yard acquired by Upper lakes shipyard on: October 21, 2011, 12:57:02 am
Is/was Upper Lakes shipbuilding part of or related to Upper Lakes shipping which was merged into Algoma Central this year?

Upper Lakes Group sold its lake ships to Algoma. ULG was NOT merged into Algoma. ULG is a free standing company involved in grain sales and movement, and real estate. It also owns the shipyard in St. Catharines (Seaway Industrial & Marine, formerly Port Weller Dry Dock) and associated companies in ship repair and industrial work.
In partnership with SNC Lavalin, ULG bought the Davie Quebec yard. The yard is in creditor protection until the end of October, at which time the courts will decide on how its creditors will make out.
The contracts for under 1,000 tonnes displacement ships that were not included in the new federal ship building contracts will be open to all yards to bid on. Davie would have to win those bids competitively, unless another procurement process is initiated. They already have three ships for Cecon to finish and two ferries for the Province of Quebec, and possibly some repair/refit work to do.
There are several ships of over 1,000 tonnes displacement that must be replaced as Steve says, and no announcement has been made on exactly how that will be done.
43  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: stolen freighter on: October 05, 2011, 10:24:56 pm
When in Canada her owners were North Atlantic Bulk Cargoes of Carbonear, Newfoundland. This was a company managed by Rorke Fish & Coal Co Ltd. The company exported fish and imported coal, and Elizabeth was a frequent caller in North Sydney, Nova Scotia to load coal.
I first saw her, as Eminence, March 14, 1967 (she was still registered in Rochester) She then spent the next several weeks at Dartmouth Marine Slip, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia being repaired for ice damage. By April 23, 1967 she had been renamed Elizabeth. It is possible that she operated for a time on charter from London & Rochester to Rorke, but he did eventually buy the ship.
According to my notes her Lloyd's classification was suspended in December 1979- she needed repairs.
By 1982, according to Lloyd's Register, she was flying the Cayman Islands flag without change of ownership.
In December 1984 there was notation in the LR Supplement to "delete call sign, official number, owners, flag and port of registry"
That may help you to pin down the date.
You say the ship was stolen - where did this take place?  I certainly don't recall seeing anything about it at the time. Was it a fraudulent sale transaction? There were certainly a number of ships sold to the Caribbean area in those days that were never seen or heard of again, and were thought to have been scuttled after drug transfers at sea.
44  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Where in Quebec CCGS new life boat CAP AUPALUK is stationed? on: July 18, 2011, 09:27:47 pm
Yes Cape Edensaw is still at the Bedford Institute in Halifax.
45  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: barge loaded with materials and nearly sinking on: June 11, 2011, 11:38:42 pm
This is a bottom dumping hopper barge. It has lots of buoyancy, and is not sinking.
It is being loaded from one end. You will see that the drede is dumping its bucket about midships, having started at the bow of the barge.
There is a fair amount of water from the dredge bucket that goes into the barge. Once there is enough rock in the barge to displace the water, and the barge is fully loaded, it will return to a normal trim, but with very low freeboard.
It has side tanks that keep it afloat. When the bottom doors are opened and the rock is dumped out the barge will pop back up to unloaded draft.
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