Thursday, 17 May 2018

Welland Canal. May 15 & 16, 2018

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 The new Algoma Innovator below Lock 2, Welland Canal.
Unload just about anywhere you can get the bow close to shore.
This prevents damage to the propellor and rudder.

May 16, 2018
Algoma Hansa above Lock 1.

Above & Below:
Algoma Hansa & Whitefish Bay pass below Lock 2.

Whitefish Bay downbound toward Lock 1.

Back to the Algoma Hansa.
Approaching & sliding the wall toward Lock 2.
Whitefish Bay downbound toward Lock 1.

Alice Moran & barge upbound above Lock 1.

On the way to Lock 2.
Federal Katsura working cargo below Lock 1.

Welland Canal - May 14, 2018

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 Tanker Algoma Hansa downbound below Lock 2.
Built in 1998 she was originally named Amalienborg.

 Above:  Algoma Spirit slides the wall toward Lock 1, waiting for the Azoresborg to pass.
Algoma Spirit was launched in 1986 as the deep-sea ship Petka.
Later she became the Sandviken, then the Algoma Spirit.
Below:  Azoresborg lowering in Lock 1.

 And clear of the Lock and bound for Lake Ontario.
IMO: 9466051
GRT:  11,864
DWT:  17,407
Length:  143 m
Beam: 22 m
Draft:  9.4 m
Year Built:  2010

Engine:  Wartsila Finland
Engine Stroke:  460 mm
Cylinders:  6
Power:  7,500 kW
Propellor:  1 x Controllable Pitch
 It's close quarters, as the video below will show you.
Wagenborg has about 170 ships in their fleet.
More about Wagenborg, Click Here.

 Later that same day...
Federal Ruhr clears Lock 2 downbound and has to pass the Leonard M.
IMO:  9766176
GRT:  22,497
DWT:  36,754
Length:  199,92 m
Beam:  23.75 m
Draft:  11.25 m
Year Built:  2017
Fednav has about 100 ships in their fleet.
That makes them the largest Canadian-owned fleet.
But most of their ships are registered off-shore.
More about Fednav, Click Here. Ou, en francais, Ici.
 Below:  The Leonard M & barge Niagara Spirit had spent some time
in the drydock in Port Weller.
Once all the work and surveys were done the tug sailed.
As sometimes happens after a drydocking she didn't get far
before something required attention.
So, she tied up only two miles from the drydock
and spent a couple of days clearing up the issues.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Niagara Falls, April 22 & May 5, 2018

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Above:  The view from Elements on the Falls Restaurant
Food is good.  View is spectacular!
More Here.
Below:  Tourists, even on the cooler days.

 Journey Behind the Falls.  You really do go a long way behind the Falls, too.
There are two portals where you can stand and be awestruck.
The noise is tremendous, but the vibrations from all this water cascading are phenomenal.

The Observation Deck was not yet open because
all the ice that accumulated over the winter had not melted.
 Consequently there was a lot of crowding near the end of the tunnel and the windows.
However, a few weeks later, (see below), the windows and the balcony were open.
And wet!
 Below:  At the Butterfly Conservancy a few kilometres downriver from the Falls.
Lovely place to relax and enjoy the warmth and a myriad of butterflies.
It's open all year.
For more on the Butterfly Conservancey, Click Here.
Below:  A small video of the view & noise in one of the portals.

Two weeks later the Observation Deck is open.
Maid of the Mist VI.
There are now two companies running tour boats to the Falls.
Hornblower from the Canadian side and Maid of the Mist from the US side.
The Maid boats that we saw running from the US side are still flagged Canadian.
I have no idea how that works.
Maid of the Mist info, Click Here.
Hornblower Niagara info, Click Here.