After the Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, on 6 October, it has now been refloated and anchored outside of the port of Johnstown, Ontario. The ship is now waiting for repairs.
St. Lawrence Seaway
The Canadian-flagged self discharging bulk carrier ‘RT Honorable Paul Martin’ ran aground on the American side of the St. Lawrence Seaway, near Cardinal, Ontario, on 6 October, the Canadian Coast Guard announced. The vessel was carrying a load of iron ore at the time.
The Government of Canada has introduced several measures to address the risks endangered whales face from both marine and fishing activity. For this reason, Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that the department has fined a vessel for alleged non-compliance of a temporary mandatory speed restriction.
According to the Canadian Government, the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, issued a statement based on unfortunate deaths of many North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters; Because of this, he implemented a precautionary speed restriction of 10 knots, for vessels of 20 metres and more, that sail in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the two designated shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island.
The US Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced that Hands-Free Mooring technology is fully used throughout the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The new technology aspires to revolutionize the method for locking vessels through the Seaway and is considered the most important technological advance since the Seaway’s opening in 1959.
On the aftermath of the man overboard incident involving the container ship ‘Maersk Patras’, the ITF called on the Transport Canada to ban foreign-crew from undertaking dangerous lashing work while vessels are underway in the Saint Lawrence river.
Transport Canada has implemented new seasonal speed restriction zones that ships must follow in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. Canada has put these zones in place to reduce the risk of fatal strikes to North Atlantic right whales by transiting vessels. Vessels must proceed at a speed of not more than 10 knots over the ground in the speed restriction zones.
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation announced, on January 17, that tonnage on the waterway during the 2018 navigation season totaled 40.9 million tonnes, hitting its record as it is the highest result since 2007. Traffic increased by 7% year-one year, whereas the total vessel transits were up nearly 6%.
According to the St. Lawrence Management Corporation’s Business Plan, the St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Tolls was modified in 2019. The SLSMC announced a toll rate increase of 1.0% for the 2019 navigation season. In addition, the New Business, Volume, Gateway and Service incentives will continue to remain in effect.
A 57 year old Canadian seafarer died after falling off the bulker ‘Spruceglen’, while he was tying it before entering the Eisenhower Locks on October 16. The seafarer was being lowered onto a dock from the side of the bulk carrier, when he lost his balance and slipped off.
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