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.