Marine Link
Monday, December 11, 2017

Ontario News

Experimental Lakes Area to Remain Open

Photo: ELA

The Government of Canada, the Ontario government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in hopes of ensuring a smooth transition of the ELA to a new operator. The agreement allows the research facility to remain open while a long-term agreement is finalized. The Experimental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind, freshwater research region. The research conducted by scientists from right here in Ontario…

Seaway Notice Number 11

Subject to favourable operating conditions, any ship calling in downbound at CVC after 23:59 hours, December 24,2013,but BEFORE 02:00 December 28, 2013, may be accepted to transit the Montreal to Lake Ontario section, under special agreement. The date for upbound vessels has not changed. Therefore, any ship calling in upbound at CIP2 after 23:59 hours, December 24, but BEFORE 12:00 December 29, 2013, may be accepted to transit the Montreal to Lake Ontario section, under special agreement and subject to favourable operating conditions. For both instances, a ll vessels must be clear of the Montreal to Lake Ontario Section by 23:59 December 30th, 2013.

Lake Ontario – safety and security zones

The U.S. Coast Guard has established temporary safety and security zones around the high-speed ferry Spirit of Ontario when it is operating on waters of the Genesee River or on U.S. waters of Lake Ontario. Persons and other vessels are to remain at least 25 yards away from the high-speed ferry when it is operating on the Genesee River and at least 100 yards away when it is operating on U.S. waters of Lake Ontario. 69 Fed. Reg. 23563 (HK Law).

Canada Invest in Marine Training Center

The McGuinty government is supporting Ontario’s marine transportation industry by investing in essential upgrades to the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound. “Ontario and Canada need well-trained graduates to navigate and operate our ships,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley. The province is investing $3 million dollars to help the centre, located at Georgian College, purchase state-of-the-art visual navigation simulators, upgrade existing engineering equipment and improve distance-learning capabilities. The centre was established in 1969 and is the only accredited marine training institution in Ontario.

Ice Fisherman Airlifted Off Lake St. Claire

Lake St. Clare rescue: Photo courtesy of USCG

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit hoisted an injured man off of Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada, after the all-terrain vehicle on which he and three friends were riding overturned. The group was on an ice fishing trip when the accident occurred about 2 miles from shore. Controllers at the Coast Guard’s 9th District Command Center received a request for assistance from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario , which was relaying the report from the Ontario Provincial Police.

Ontario Transport Ministry Fined for River Pollution

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation ordered to pay $95,000 for violating 2 counts of the federal Fisheries Act. The charges stem from a road washout in April 2008 just east of the community of Orrville on Highway 518, which sent an estimated 8000 tonnes of road materials spilling into the Seguin River system. The sediment plume extended 40 kilometers downstream into Georgian Bay, causing a significant negative impact on fish and fish habitat. The high volume of sediment and materials, and the resulting plume, was determined to be the result of improper maintenance of a plugged and deteriorating culvert, and was triggered by the rise of melt waters, snow and ice. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation was responsible for this culvert, which has since been repaired.

Tugboat Fire on Lake Ontario – Helicopter Medivacs Crewmember

U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors are monitoring the U.S.-flagged, 105-foot tugboat Patrice McAllister, which caught fire with six people aboard in the Canadian waters of Lake Ontario. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received an alert from an emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the vessel, which provided them with an exact location about seven miles south of Prince Edward Point, Ontario. A U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crew responded aboard an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Detroit, and Canadian rescue crews launched aboard a C-130 aircraft, Griffin helicopter and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Hearne, a 47-foot Cape Class motor lifeboat from Kingston, Ontario.

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a notice stating that the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion of the Seaway will open at 0800 on March 22, 2008 and that the Welland Canal will open at 0800 on March 20, 2008. The maximum allowable draft for the Montreal/Lake Ontario portion will be 80.0 dm and for the Welland Canal will be 80.8 dm. Seaway Notice No. 1-2008 (2/21/08).

GL-SLS Nav. Season Closing

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System announced the closing dates for the 2008 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway navigational season. Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may not be met. • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24. • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.

Canadian-Flag Vessel to Undergo Repairs at Great Lakes Shipyard

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has awarded a contract for the five-year drydocking of the M/V Pelee Islander to Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio. The  Pelee Islander will arrive at Great Lakes Shipyard in early April and will be hauled-out using the Shipyard’s new 700-metric ton Marine Travelift. Work will include hull inspection and painting; propeller, shaft, and rudder inspection; steel work; and other routine maintenance. The M/V Pelee Islander is a passenger ferry operated by Owen Sound Transportation Company, an Agency of the Province of Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and provides transportation services between Kingsville, Leamington, Ontario; Pelee Island, Ontario; and Sandusky, Ohio.

Seaway Notice: Closing of 2011 Season

Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may not be met. • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24. • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.

Closing of 2009 Navigation Season

The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway System announced the closing of the 2009 Navigation Season. Mariners are reminded that there is always a possibility that severe climatic conditions may occur during the closing period. Should this happen, there is a chance that the dates outlined below, for the Montreal-Lake Ontario Section or the Welland Canal, may not be met. • The Corporations have decided to waive the operational surcharges on December 21, 22, 23 and 24. • Any transit of the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway after 23:59 hours, December 24, if permitted, will be subject to prior written agreement. Arrangements are to be made at our St. Lambert office.

This Day in Naval History - May 30

From the Navy News Service 1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, N.Y.

NOAA Releases New Poster of Lake Ontario Floor

A new color poster depicting features on the floor of Lake Ontario has been released by the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the third Great Lake to be depicted with new, highly detailed bathymetry, following Lakes Michigan and Erie. In addition to the main map, insets show details of bottom relief in part of the Rochester Basin, and in the vicinity of Charity Shoal. Also included are text explaining the geology and geomorphology of the main lake floor features, and a list of references. The bathymetry was produced with data from the entire historic hydrographic sounding database from the United States and Canada.

NOAA Releases New Poster of Lake Ontario Floor

A new color poster depicting features on the floor of Lake Ontario has been released by the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the third Great Lake to be depicted with new, highly detailed bathymetry, following Lakes Michigan and Erie. In addition to the main map, insets show details of bottom relief in part of the Rochester Basin, and in the vicinity of Charity Shoal. Also included are text explaining the geology and geomorphology of the main lake floor features, and a list of references. The bathymetry was produced with data from the entire historic hydrographic sounding database from the United States and Canada.

St. Lawrence Seaway Closed Until Spring

The St. Lawrence Seaway is officially closed to navigation until spring. The last vessel to pass through the Seaway was the chemical tanker Petrolia Desgagnes, which made its way through the St. Lambert lock near Montreal, Quebec, on Dec. 25. The seaway, which was open to navigation for 270 days starting March 31, maintained its maximum draft of 26 ft., 3 in. despite the low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Seaway's toll revenue and cargo tonnage was down this year because of reduced demand for inbound foreign steel, according to Seaway officials. Estimated combined cargo moved through the Welland Canal, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and the Montreal/Lake Ontario sections, totaled 47.56 million tons, down seven percent from a year ago.

St. Lawrence Seaway Closed Until Spring

The St. Lawrence Seaway is officially closed to navigation until spring. The last vessel to pass through the Seaway was the chemical tanker Petrolia Desgagnes, which made its way through the St. Lambert lock near Montreal, Quebec, on Dec. 25. The seaway, which was open to navigation for 270 days starting March 31, maintained its maximum draft of 26 ft., 3 in. despite the low water levels in the Great Lakes. The Seaway's toll revenue and cargo tonnage was down this year because of reduced demand for inbound foreign steel, according to Seaway officials. Estimated combined cargo moved through the Welland Canal, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and the Montreal/Lake Ontario sections, totaled 47.56 million tons, down seven percent from a year ago.

Casualties

Paradip, India: The holed Panamana-flag bulker Countess has completed repairs at Paradip, India, Reuters reported. The vessel was found to be taking water on May 27. Discharge of its cargo of 17,182 tons of hard coke began on May 28 and was completed on June 3. St. Joseph Island, Ontario: Efforts are under way to salvage the Canada-flag bulker Algowood, which sank in a dock at Bruce Mines, St. Joseph Island, Ontario, while loading aggregate, Reuters reported. Most of the cargo has been removed and underwater repairs to the vessel's structure and hull are continuing. A plan has been developed to reinforce the hull, which will take two or more weeks to complete and enable the vessel to be refloated.

CP Ships Appoints Director of Environmental Services

CP Ships Limited has appointed environmental management specialist Dennis Fortune as its first Director of Environmental Services, based in Montreal. Mr Fortune is responsible for leading CP Ships' extensive environmental management program which involves all aspects of the company's operations including marine and terminal activities, hazardous cargo handling, occupational health and safety and compliance with local and international regulations. "We are proud of our environmental management track record and, with Dennis's extensive experience, we look forward to building on our strengths," commented CP Ships' CEO Ray Miles. Mr Fortune has more than 20 years of environmental management experience, most recently as head of his own consultancy, Dennis Fortune Environmental Associates Inc.

Detroit River Barge Runs Aground

The U.S. Coast Guard and local salvage companies safely removed a barge that ran aground Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., on the Detroit River. The 115-meter barge, which contains approximately 3.7 million gallons of gasoline, was freed Monday at approximately 2 p.m. The 41-meter tug William J. Moore and the barge were leaving Sarnia, Ontario, bound for Montreal when the barge ran aground approximately 100 yards northwest of the Detroit River Light. U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to assess damages and look for any pollution. Coast Guard Sector Detroit dispatched three prevention dept. inspectors to the William J. Moore to check for damage. No pollution or gasoline sheens have been reported.

Great Lakes May be Home to Offshore Wind

According to reports, the waters of the Great Lakes, near the shores of Canada, may soon be home to offshore wind power. The Province of Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted a deferral on applications to produce offshore wind power in the province's waters. This decision came after the province took steps over the past year to obtain the best available information on which to base decisions regarding offshore projects on. These steps have included partnering with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to evaluate offshore wind potential in the Great Lakes, analyzing lakes Erie, Huron and Ontario, including depth and wind speed and looking at the impact any offshore projects would have on wildlife. Source: Renewable Energy Access

Marport Opens New Office in Ottawa Area

Ottawa, Ontario – May 2, 2011 – Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc., a leading developer of advanced sonar technology for commercial and military applications, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Kanata, Ontario. Known as "Silicon Valley North", Kanata boasts a strong and vibrant high tech community and is within a 20 minute drive of downtown Ottawa. The new office will provide engineering and sales support to Marport’s commercial, government, and defence industry customers. A dedicated R&D team will also be located in the facility to support new development of underwater sensing, communications and imaging products based upon Marport’s award-winning Software Defined Sonar® technology platform.

Cargo Ship Aground in St Lawrence Seaway

'Sedna Desgagnes': Photo credit Groupe Desgangnes

The upbound freighter 'Sedna Desgagnes' aground near Johnstown Bridge off Prescott, Ontario. The casualty is completely out of the channel and appears to be in a shoal area with 6 m of water or less. The ship is hard aground with cargo on board. She is up at the bow a few feet and listing slightly to starboard. This will be a major salvage operation with lightering taking place before she is pulled off her strand, according to 'Daily Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping News'. The tug Ocean Georgie Bain was upbound and due to reach Iroquois Locks Sunday afternoon.

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Nov 2017 - The Workboat Edition

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News