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  • Eyjolfur Jonsson
    February 26, 2013 - 21:09

    No, the Canadian Navy blow down Japanese vessel few weeks ago.

  • Rotterdam
    January 31, 2013 - 03:08

    Pure and only for the Insurance, was this tugboat allowed to sail, was his class certification oke, what have the port authorities done to check all the papers, which class was involved......so this not happened only in Europe

  • Plan to Skuddle
    January 29, 2013 - 20:31

    Can someone say... INSURANCE JOB! It is looking more are more susicious each day.

    • RJ
      January 31, 2013 - 01:13

      And ppl wonder why we get made fun of..a third world kickback gov doing a bang up job!!

  • Kevin Moncke
    January 29, 2013 - 18:12

    From what I have been able to put together as a armchair shipspotter landlocked in Kansas: The tow was awarded to a contractor who contracted for the old tug that had already been retired, this tug was shoddily activated and brought to the area to tow, the old cruise ship was only shoddily prepared for the journey and probably insured to the hilt with the plan that both would probably sink, meanwhile after the tow was awarded to the US-flagged vessel, the new owners switched registry to a flag of convenience and now they are trying to get around laws while they pray for bad weather to sink the problem out at sea...

    • david
      January 30, 2013 - 13:22

      Kevin: Kansas must be nice....it seems that, despite your landlocked position, you have more smarts wrt marine law and criminal shenanigans than we have in all of our goverenment after 500 years of colonization here. And we now oversee major offshore oil production here.....no, I'm serious.

  • Ed Power
    January 29, 2013 - 16:57

    When I read Mark's comments about the Charlene Hunt being sold to a Bolivian company something tweaked in my memory. A quick look in my old (1962) Atlas and my suspicions were confirmed. Bolivia, is landlocked, which makes one wonder why someone would need a vintage harbour tug in the Andes Mountains.Curiouser and curiouser.....

  • Mark
    January 29, 2013 - 11:58

    from this article http://www.tugboatinformation.com/tug.cfm?id=202 this tug is no longer owned by Kevin Hunt it was sold to Bolivian Interests in 2013 so in the past 3 weeks it's changed hands. I guess that's why Kevin Hunt is not returning your calls.

  • Anonymous
    January 29, 2013 - 10:53

    The tug, nor the crew of the tug are seaworthy. Certainly TC should have been more diligent in the certification of the crew and tug itself before this schmozzle began. Even at first glance it is evident that this Tug is not capable of towing such a large vessel in the waters of the North Atlantic, especially in winter time. As far as David's comment about the CG... Really can't place any blame or fault with them as they do not have the say in whether or not this tow should have been allowed, but instead the crew of the CCGS Cape Roger are put in harm's way to provide environmental response and escort the Tug back in to St. John's. There is also no doubt in my mind that it was the CG that made the recommendation to Transport Canada to hold the Tug in St. John's until she passes an inspection and is deemed seaworthy herself!

    • JK
      January 30, 2013 - 09:41

      Exactly! Where was Port State Control in this instance. TC is not waving their hands about giving answers.

  • david
    January 29, 2013 - 08:24

    This thing is looking more and more like a "Three Stooges" movie.......The port, the DOT, the coast guard...all fast asleep, then waking up and pointing fingers in a circle. LOrd knows the owners might have figured out they were dealing with Larry Moe and Curly, and loaded the scow up with other people's hazardous waste for a "price"....as they say in Russia: hey, a ruble's a ruble.

  • roy
    January 29, 2013 - 08:07

    Well done transport cannada and the City of St. John's, now you have a derelect tied up in your harbour and a derelect drifting at sea. Things are looking up don't you think. How much is it costing the taxpayers now. I guess i should give a a word of praise to the Hr Authority as well

  • Steve
    January 29, 2013 - 07:47

    looks like we've traded one derilict vessel for another. Re: the Orlova, has anyone thought to ask the Canadian Navy whether they need some target practice? I'm sure it's been many years since they had an opportunity to sink a vessel on the high seas.