B.C., Maritime

Enbridge releases tanker plans for Kitimat

Better late than never, I’ve been plugging my way through the marine side of Enbridge’s application to bring supertankers into B.C.’s northwestern waters. Last weekend, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw Enbridge’s huge advert in The Vancouver Sun claiming its Northern Gateway project would make “B.C.’s North Coast safer for… Continue reading Enbridge releases tanker plans for Kitimat

Maritime

What if a containership ran aground on Nootka Island?

By Alison Bate When a ship gets into trouble off the remote west coast of Vancouver Island, there are very few rescue services around. The province relies on a commercial tug in the area being able to help out. Currently, major seagoing tugs carry electronic tracking devices so they can be located in real-time on… Continue reading What if a containership ran aground on Nootka Island?

Maritime

Tug escort rules vary in B.C.

By Alison Bate I must admit I was a little surprised not to get a straight answer from Transport Canada at first about the number of tug escorts traveling with condensate tankers into Kitimat. I assumed it was clearly set down in the legislation whether tankers carrying this kind of hydrocarbon mixture required tug escorts… Continue reading Tug escort rules vary in B.C.

Maritime

What if a tanker heading for Kitimat hit another vessel?

By Alison Bate What would happen if a tanker on its way to Kitimat collided with a tug in the scenic Inside Passage? According to the author of a new report, major flaws would be exposed in the way marine accidents are handled here in British Columbia. "Nobody is essentially watching the store - at… Continue reading What if a tanker heading for Kitimat hit another vessel?

Maritime

The legacy of the Cosco Busan

By Alison Bate It looks like a primitive computer game, but this real-time ship tracking system on the BoatingSF.com website shows the containership Cosco Busan hitting the Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay last November. The ship, leaving its berth in Oakland in heavy fog with the required pilot on board, is shown as a… Continue reading The legacy of the Cosco Busan