Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Welland Canal. May 12, 2017

Four ships in the Pond above Lock 7 at the same time.  Read on.
 Algoma Hansa downbound approaching the Old Guard Gate.
 Above:  Rectangular marks from the suction pads in the various locks.
Below:  Crane used to move large hoses around deck to facilitate cargo loading/discharging.
 Below:  Manifold bank.  The ship has the ability to carry a number of different cargoes in her various tanks.
 Below:  Approaching the tie-up wall above Lock 7.

 Sten Baltic arrived shortly after the Algoma Hansa.
 Tanker safety has improved dramatically over the years.  But this safety doesn't work without the efforts of the crews.
 Above:  More manifolds.
Below:  Natural ventilation, which complements mechanical ventilation.

 Lifeboat behind the funnel and small workboat/skiff alongside the superstructure.  This small boat can be used for any number of tasks.
 Above:  Approaching the tie-up wall above Lock 7.
Below:  Traffic jam.  From left to right:  Dara Desgagnes, HHL Rhine, Algoma Hansa, Sten Baltic.
The two ships on the left had come up through Lock 7.  They had to hold above the lock for the two on the right to arrive.  Why?  In part because there is only one-way traffic between Lock 7 and Port Robinson.  Also, this was a very busy day in the canal and efficiencies in traffic handling must be actioned.
 The wheelhouse on the three sister ships, Dara, Esta and Jana are very bright due to the number of windows.  Way back in the 80s while escorting these through Northumberland Strait ice we would get very close; close enough to see the large plants growing in the wheelhouse in the dead of winter.
 Below:  On the way to Port Colborne.

 HHL Rhine also leaving the Pond on the way upbound.
 Some of these ships with cranes on one side have to induce a small list before going through a bridge in Port Colborne.  This helps them avoid rubbing against the bridge on the way by.

 Above:  Sometimes it is helpful to have a radar scanner on the Focsle, as in this case.
Below:  Safe Working Loads and Radii for them on the crane boom.  Also, the crane operator's cab behind the glass.
 Below:  A method of securing a cargo hook and block. (pulley)
 On the way South.  Upbound is South on the Welland Canal.

 Taagborg upbound above Lock 3.
 And going under the Glendale bridge.

Above:  On the way to Lock 4.  The Canal looks quite narrow, and it is.  This is especially true when you consider that only the centre of the waterway is deep enough for ships.  As an old Captain of mine once said, "There's lots of water but it's mostly on top."  Meaning the banks are shallow.

Below:  Traffic has slowly cleared and the Sten Baltic is the last of the four to move down.
First though it must wait for the Baie Comeau to clear Lock 7.
 Very tight fit.

 Front and back.
 The Baie Comeau had to slide the wall to allow the Sten Baltic to pass by toward the lock.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Welland Canal. May 10 & 11.

 McKiel's Florence Spirit above Lock 1.
 Formerly the Arklow Willow.
 Where is Arklow?  It is a town in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland.  Founded by Vikings in the 9th century, Arklow was the site of a battle during the United Irishmen Rebellion.
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 Baie Comeau below Lock 2.

 Algoway upbound above Bridge 11 on the way to Lock 8.

 She is showing her age.

Welland Canal. May 9, 2017

Evans Spirit waits on the wall for the CSL Welland to clear Lock 3 upbound.
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 Above:  Draft Marks are also put on the hull in raised numbers and lines.  This allows them to be seen even if the paint has been rubbed off.  Or, it prevents unscrupulous folk from trying to mark them differently.  They can be marked incorrectly but it has to be done intentionally and the raised markings will still be visible.

Below:  Using a winch to prepare mooring lines.  This is done just in case the vacuum pads in the lock don't work.

 Above:  Under the Glendale bridge.

Below:  Approaching Lock 4 West.

HWY H20 is the Seaway's icon for advertising and other purposes.
 Oakglen, formerly the Federal Danube as can be seen in the white paint.

 Many years of salt-water service take their toll on steel.  The Oakglen was built in 1980 and sailed much of the next two decades plus on the oceans of the world.

 Above:  The Fednav funnel mark is still visible.
Below:  On the way to Lock 8.

 Pacific Huron after leaving Lock 7 upbound.
 Original name at launching was Seven Islands.
 Below:  Upbound toward Lock 8.

 Port Colborne pilot boat J W Cooper.  Passing the former Camille Marcoux, a ferry that for many years ran across the St Lawrence River.  She is now being scrapped.

 Above:  Chairs at the bar.
Below:  Furniture still in place.

 BBC Thames inbound Port Colborne from Lake Erie; approaching Bridge 21.

 A true 'pointy-end' on the Algowood.

 Sliding the wall above Lock 7 to allow the BBC Thames to enter the lock.

 BBC Thames finally arrived at Thorold from Port Colborne.  Entering Lock 7.