Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oil tankers and barges are double hull; Escort Tugs Single Hull!!! Bella Bella in Shock BOOM, SNAPPED!! Kinder Morgan Oil

The Gazetteer
   This Saturday In Clarkland... Breaking Booms And Spreading Oil Is NOT A World Class Spill Response.

UPDATE Ingmar Lee:  "Friends. Currently, the NYC-registered pusher-tug, Nathan E Stewart and its 10,000-capacity barge are moored at Burnaby Mountain, - at the Kinder Morgan terminal, where it is loading up for its voyage north. The barge/tug combo was anchored near 2nd Narrows for the past few days, and has now moved to the terminal. I expect it to head north soon. ......"

"This "pusher tug/barge combo" (the tug fits into a deep notch built into the stern of the tanker, from where it pushes the barge along) departs loaded several times a month, from either Everett, or Anacortes Washington,or Burnaby Mountain, Vancouver, and then heads up through Georgia Strait, often through Sabine Channel, through Johnstone Strait, Fitz Hugh, right past Bella Bella, and on up to Alaska. ...."

'Nathan E. Stewart' is aka 'Ludwig E.'
The tug was named for a K-Sea Transportation Partnership employee. Who was Mate onboard the tug Davis Sea, who was killed on the job.


Seaspan is not on the rocks near Bella Bella above but Seaspan is a major player in the waters of British Columbia, especially in Burrard Inlet where Kinder Morgan wants to expand their double tracking of oil pipelines to the coast.

ONE of the FIVE conditions that Christy Clark said would have to be reconciled before she would give the green light to oil exports out of Burrard Inlet, LNG out of Howe Sound, LNG/OIL out of Kitimat via Douglas Channel, and Prince Rupert, is by having a world class spill response team.

They have totally ignored the fact ..... that the tugs have a single hull.

Seaspan: 1970/1980's  'modern' fleet of tugs without double hulls.


Ass backwards planning in calm waters while they wait for storm conditions to appear... and they have.

Once the tug’s fuel tanks are emptied, there are plans to lift it from the water by crane and carry it on a barge from the area.


Robert Allan LNG propelled Tug


BC Ferries Spirit Class conversion to LNG   will take 2500 vehicles off the road per year to reduce CO2 by 12,000 tons annually... which begs the question:

  Haven't they already achieved that goal by eliminating ferry routes and sailing times per day/week?

In 2016 basing on RMDC concept design renowned Canadian operator BC Ferries awarded Remontowa Shiprepair Yard with mid-life upgrades contract for Spirit Class Ferries. “Spirit of British Columbia” (built in 1993) and “Spirit of Vancouver Island” (built in 1994) will be converted to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). In addition safety systems will be upgraded, the passenger areas will receive an interior design refresh. Renewal of navigation equipment, propulsion equipment components including rudders, steering systems, bow thrusters and propeller blades will be carried out. Energy consumption will be reduced by installation of LED lighting and more efficient HVAC system. RMDC will provide complete basic and detail design as well as design supervision during conversion. Complete design is to be prepared before conversion works start (planned for third quarter 2017 – first  vessel and 2018- second one) to shortened conversion time in consequence ferries out of service time. Utilizing LNG to fuel the vessels, according to Owners’ calculations they expect to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,000 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approx. 2500 vehicles off the road per year. Both vessels service Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay run in British Columbia Province, the busiest route in the fleet.

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