Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Teachers lift ban on ferry logbook...

Some interesting newsbits touching on several important west coast topics showed up on the website of local radio station CKNW.com.

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - The Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan wants to spend 2.4 billion dollars for the purchase of two BC ports and two others in the U-S. The Plan hopes to invest millions in Vancouver's Port and Deltaport and once this tentative deal is complete the terminals price will nearly double in value.

Jim Leech, Vice President of Teacher Capital, says the acquistion represents a very attractive growth profile with little risk to market. The Vancouver Port Authority was contacted but had no comment on the possible sale. There is no word what kind of impact, if any, it will have on the expansion plans of Deltaport. The deal is still subject to Canadian and U-S regulatory approval.

Missing ferry log books on E-Bay . Nov, 21 2006 - 11:20 PM
VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - BC Ferries, its security department and the RCMP are trying to find out if a posting on E-Bay includes log books from the sunken Queen of the North.

A seller on E-Bay has posted what they call exclusive Queen of the North pictures and log books.
Mark Stephanson with BC Ferries says they don't know if this posting includes log books which were recently reported missing from the Queen of the North, but says if they are the real thing, they want them back, "If they turned out to be authentic log books from BC Ferries, it is our property and should be in our possession. So, if they're being put up for sale without our knowledge, obviously we would consider that it would be a serious issue."

The Queen of the North sank in late March.

...and last but not least...

Premier stirs controversy with offshore offshore comments. Nov, 22 2006 - 11:20 PM
HONG KONG/CKNW(AM980) - The Liberal Government is downplaying comments made by the Premier on offshore drilling during a speech in Hong Kong Wednesday.

A media report quotes the Premier as saying the long standing moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling in BC could be lifted in just a couple of years. But Energy Minister Richard Neufeld suggests the Premier's comments were taken out of context and the Province has not changed its position, "The Premier has said, along with everyone else, that we wouldn't lift the moratorium until we got the required science completed." Neufeld doesn't believe that can be done in just a couple of years.

Still, NDP critic John Horgan worries the Premier is making up policy on the fly and says the ban can't be lifted anytime soon, "I don't think it's realistic to look at that in the next two or three years, perhaps not even ten years."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nigerian vacations

I have heard of numerous seafarers turning down offer to go to Nigeria, can't blame them, below is an article from the CBC. A nasty bit of world there. Its just amazing that so far no too many people have died in these attacks. The chaps were kidnapped from the Norwegian company Petroleum Geo Services (PGS), they operate seismic vessels with starting names "Ramford ...". Here you can find the brief press release about the victims.

Two foreign oil workers seized last week from a ship off the coast of Nigeria were released on Tuesday, a government official said. The two men, a Briton and an American, were taken to Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa state, after they were freed, said Ekiyor Welson, spokesman for the local state government.

The men were kidnapped last Thursday during a raid on a Norwegian oil services ship off Nigeria's southern coast. The ship was owned by Oslo, Norway-based Petroleum Geo-Services. A witness said the gunmen raided the ship off the coast of Bayelsa state and took them away in boats.

It's the latest in a series of violent incidents — including kidnappings and attacks on oil facilities — in Nigeria since the beginning of the year. Militants in the country say they deserve a greater share of oil wealth from oil companies and the government. While dozens of foreigners have been kidnapped, the hostage-takings have usually ended peacefully, with those seized being set free after negotiations.

The violence has led to a 25 per cent decrease in crude oil production in the past ten months.

Bet BC Ferries Can't Wait For This Year To Get Over!!

BC Ferries hit the news again with a blackout on the Queen of Capilano.
Sources say that when the online generator went down, the standby didn't start. This is bad enough on a coastal job, but on a ferry with passengers, it is enough to give you the heeby jeebies, especially with some of the spectacular accidents they have had in the last year. Somehow I don't think hot chocolate would exactly cut it for me, onboard a blacked out ferry.

WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Residents of Bowen Island are heading to work without their cars as B.C. Ferries tries to fix the disabled Queen of Capilano. A water taxi service has been set up for commuters after the 96-metre ferry lost power on Sunday night.

The ship was carrying passengers and cars to the island in Howe Sound from West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Dozens of passengers were stranded for several hours but were given free food and hot chocolate until they could finish their trip to Bowen by water taxi.

A B.C. ferry that lost power in June 2005 drifted into a marina at Horseshoe Bay, damaging more than two dozen pleasure boats. The Queen of the North sank in March after crashing into Gil Island south of Prince Rupert, taking two passengers to the ocean bottom.

Picture, with generators running, from Kevin Stapelton's website.

Queen of Capilano
Built: 1991, Vancouver
Overall Length: 96.0 m (314' 11")
Gross Tonnage: 2,856
Car Capacity: 85
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 462
Service Speed: 14.0 knots
Horsepower: 7,305
Route: Horseshoe Bay-Bowen Island

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

These Captains Had A REALLY Bad Day

Ships Collide in English Bay

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Vancouver Sun reported that winds of up to almost 43 mph tore through the Lower Mainland, knocking out power to 14,000 homes and causing the collision of three large cargo ships in English Bay. The weather in the Lower Mainland followed a weekend storm across northern B.C. Coast Guard spokesman Dan Bate said that the high winds caused the 200-metre Westwood Victoria to lose its anchorage and drift into a second ship, the 167-metre New Accord. Bate said the collision caused damage to both vessels, including a puncture to the side of the Westwood Victoria above the waterline and damage to the anchor chain on the New Accord. Bate said collision separated the New Accord from its anchor, allowing the two ships to drift into a third vessel, the 117-metre Advance Pescadoras. The Port Authority and Harbour Master sent tugboats to help the three vessels, Bate said, explaining the ships were brought to port not long after the collision. He could not say for certain if the ships were carrying any cargo at the time but said authorities are satisfied there was no pollution as a result of the collisions.