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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Canadian Navy Submarine Runs Aground in Nootka Sound

The Canadian Navy HCMS Corner Brook ran aground in Nootka Sound...

This story is about the proposed Enbridge pipeline to Kitimat, the news release is out today and it`s been confirmed, the reason for the grounding is "Human Error"....
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News Releases: HMCS Corner Brook Grounding Incident: Board Of Inquiry Completed

Friday, December 16, 2011The Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the June 4, 2011, grounding of Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Corner Brook is complete.  Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, Commander Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Convening Authority for the BOI, has accepted the Board’s findings.
The BOI found that human error was the key contributing factor to the grounding of HMCS Corner Brook and that the technical and materiel readiness of the submarine did not contribute to the incident.
“This incident was avoidable,” said Captain (Navy) Luc Cassivi, Deputy Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific.  “The grounding was caused by a failure to properly account for the positional uncertainty of the submarine in accordance with approved dived submarine navigational practices and techniques when operating in confined waters.” 
The Board also found that the Commanding Officer of HMCS Corner Brook, Lieutenant-Commander P.A. Sutherland, had responsibility for the safe navigation of the submarine at the time of the grounding.  After careful review of all of the findings, the Commanding Officer was removed from command and reassigned to a position ashore. 
Inadequate training and experience were also found to be contributing factors in this incident.  As a result, the RCN is amending submarine training manuals and making changes to training system and navigation planning practices to prevent a similar occurrence as the Victoria-class fleet nears full operational capability.
HMCS Corner Brook ran aground while conducting training in Nootka Sound.  The grounding occurred when the submarine struck the south eastern wall of Zuciarte Channel as a result of the boat being south-east of its intended position.  There were no serious injuries or operational delays as a result of the accident, however, Corner Brook incurred damage to her bow and experienced minor leakage in a forward ballast tank.  As the grounding occurred just three weeks before Corner Brook’s scheduled extended maintenance period, assessments of the full extent of the damage and cost of repairs will be confirmed as the boat progresses through its maintenance cycle.
In July 2011, HMCS Corner Brook began preparations for the Victoria-class In-Service Support Contract Extended Docking Work Period.  The boat will conduct this scheduled deep maintenance period at Victoria Shipyards Ltd., in Esquimalt.

Read more here

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Human error, the same cause as the Exxon Valdez grounding in Prince William Sound, the same reason over and over again, there is no way to eliminate human error...

I would like to remind you that this submarine has the most sophisticated navigational equipment in the world...And I would like to remind you that oil tankers can only get a maximum of $500 million dollars worth of insurance..

And there is another threat...Terrorism, imagine a terrorist blowing up an oil tanker on our coast, the Northern coast is remote and there is a risk..

Time to repost this article! The one below.
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It can`t happen again can it? (Updated)

1989 in Prince William sound Alaska the Exxon Valdez ran aground on bligh reef, releasing 37,000(11 million gallons) tons of crude oil into a pristine marine wonderland, it shocked me then and saddens me today.

(Updated January 24/2010...In case you haven`t heard, because of Human error AGAIN, a major oil spill in Houston occured yesterday, 490,000 gallons, a barge ran into a tanker, a tiny spill though it is, the Enbridge pipeline would be bringing hundreds of Super Tankers larger than the Exxon Valdez plying our foggy,cruise ship laden inside waters every year, one accident, one human error ,one act of terrorism, one mentally deranged Captain and our west coast could be gone for hundreds of years, in fact there was a story out recently about the Valdez spill site,20 years later and heavy crude is still thick under all the rocks on shore, death and no recovery for fish,herring,shellfish, so in light of this latest spill I am re-posting this TRUE STORY) (read about the Houston Spill here) http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/23/texas.oil.spill/index.html

Please read this link,look at the great pictures,20 years later, still heavy crude oil everywhere, http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/exxon-valdez-20-years-after-ecological.html


You know friends, sometimes I`m a little ruff with my stories, I`ve taken a lot of personal hits through my life and I really don`t have much left to lose, but I really am a big softy, I rescue cats,take them in,my oldest burmese cat is chasing 24 years of age, heck, had him longer than any relationship, ah but I digress, back in 1989,no internet, no 24 hour news channels for the masses and certainly T.V. coverage is not that of today but the images that came back from what coverage there was on this 35th largest oil spill in the world was gripping, the massive vessel hung up on a reef and this expanding oil slick, and days later the scenes grew and grew and then pictures of thousands of oiled birds,otters stiff dead, floating fish and my god, what have we done,madness, and the heroic but futile efforts of rescue and containment teams, the volunteers on the rocks in around the sound in coves,bays inlets, these futile attempts in steam cleaning individual rocks and sponging up globs of oil an ounce at a time, the wildlife scenes,the dead wildlife scenes grew and lingered and week after week these scenes were on T. V. and to this day the images are burned into memory.
Anyways, as you know by now the freighter Hebei Lion ran aground last week during a storm,winds were recorded between 90 and 120 kilometer per hour winds, the vessel dragged anchor and god damn we were real lucky, this sucker carries tonnes of heavy fuel, according to experts we were extra lucky,it hit Conconi reef in Navy channel near Mayne island and if not for the fact that it was at mid-low tide and rising, 12 hours later it would of been the reverse situation and we would be talking disaster!
And are we naive as people? Was it a fluke,one in a million bit of bad luck, yet I remember 1989, I wish I could forget, writing this story is bound to trigger a scary dream, damn this photographic memory, but I don`t have to go back that far to be alarmed, didn`t we have near hurricane winds that tore up Stanley park,the island, heck,I had 20 trees down on my road alone up here on the sunshine coast, landlocked for a week, what if it dragged anchor and grounded in one of those storms, maybe you figure I`m being paranoid, well being a salty dog for my entire life dad and I have witnessed,survived many flash storms on the coast,straight line winds that come up out of the blue, many times having to hide,run from the weather, tuck inside the lee of an island, on the west coast, Bamfield, jervis inlet, scary stuff but being in smaller boats,smaller compared to tankers,freighters, 30 40 foot nimble boats, the big boys can`t turn around in a hurry or hide, these storms cells aren`t the rareity but the norm in B.C..
Several friends of mine, my commercial fisherman buddies have told me stories of hacate straight, storms out of the blue,30 40 foot waves in an hour from calm, and today the Northern Adventure, part of our bc ferry fleet got stuck in a storm there,they had to turn around,several crew members had minor injuries and cars on the car deck got damaged from sliding around, man, that must of been one scary turn on that ferry, been there done that, Deborah Marshall bc ferry spokeswoman said when asked why the ferry was out in a storm that rough she responded " The forecast was for the storm to arrive much later than it did and the ferry got caught" and tonight my friends the ferry still isn`t running because of another storm but it can`t happen again can it?
Here is the start of the list of the 20 largest oil spills in the world,the Valdez ranked 35th and way way back in the amount of oil spilt.
Rank----ship name-------------------year--------location-----------spill size(tons)
  1. Atlantic Empress-----------1979----off Tobago,west-----------287.000
  2. ABT Summer-----------------1991-700 nautical miles off Angola---260.000
  3. Castillo de Bellver-----1983--off Saldanha bay,south Africa---252.000
  4. Amoca Cadiz----------------1978 off Brittany, France--------223.000
  5. Haven---------------------------1991--------Genoa, Italy------144.000
  6. Odyssy--------1988--700 nautical miles off Nova Scotia---132.000
  7. Torrey Canyon---------------1967-------Scicily isles, UK------119.000
  8. Sea Star-------------------------1972-------Gulf of Oman--------115.000
  9. Irene`s Seranade----1980-Navarino bay,greece--------100.000
  10. Urquiola----------1976-------La Coruna, Spain------------100.000
  11. Hawaiin Patriot----1989--300 nautical miles off Honolulu---95.000
  12. Independence------1979-------Bosphorous, Turkey------------95.000
  13. Jakob Maersk------1975-----Oporto,Portugal-------------------88.000
  14. Braer------1993-----Shetland islands, UK--------------------85.000
  15. Khark 5--1989------120 nautical miles off Atlantic coast of Morrocco 80.000
Vessels longer than football fields and able to carry enough oil to fill several hundred olympic sized pools,now after the Valdez went aground the US court mandated all vessels entering US waters must be double hulled by 2020, were not quite there yet,the Valdez was the most expensive clean-up in the history of oil spills even though it is only the 35th largest spill,tiny in comparison to the list above,the reason, our coast,coves,inlets,bays,wildlife,shellfish,salmon,birds otters,bears,first nations,generational families, the clean up cost estimated at 2.5 billion dollars,including fines and punitive damages it could be as high as 9.5 billion dollars,yet the case is still not settled,the US supreme court in 2007 decided to hear the case,Exxon mobil corp already had the 5 billion dollar awarded in 1994 by an Anchorage jury cut in half and they are still appealing that decision, from what I`ve read Exxon can drag this stuff out forever, it`s called risk management or business management issues,in other words they have so many lawyers on retainer it costs nothing to fight forever and as time goes by the award is shrinking purely with inflation and crude prices, they can fight forever, so if we had a catastrophic spill there is no one to pay for the clean up, I have read up on the practice of insurance on these supertankers, the maximum they are insured for is about 1 billion dollars but most are only insured for 150 million dollars and with the way these vessels are registered we would never find an owner or company to make us whole.
Yet even if they paid in full, exxon when oil was at 150$ per barrel they were making 40 billion$ plus per quarter they still won`t pay punitive damages, and how do you put a price on paradise, the inside passage, areas full of amazing life, history, local eco systems, my back yard, your childrens playground, maybe we should mandate those scenes from the Exxon Valdez spill be played weekly on tv as a reminder, force politicians and the public to view those horrific scenes over and over again, welcome to my world because I still see those visions,damn memory,what a wuuss I am, I`m getting teary eyed writing this and I watched saving private Ryan on KVOS tv last night again ,and I still teared up, where was I, and why am I bringing this up, it can`t happen again,can it? You know,I hope you`re aware that the Campbell gang is pushing that Enbridge pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat and if that happens it means we will have supertankers plying our waters and I watched the estimate debates for the ministry of energy with Blair Leckstrom, and John Horgan, ndp energy critic and new leader of the ndp and John Horgan asked Blair Leckstrom direct questions, he asked if he and the campbell government were lobbying Ottawa to lift the moratorium on oil tankers on the BC coast and Leckstrom answered yes! He said that they were in favour of offshore oil n gas drilling and tanker traffic and he stated that if Ottawa sees fit to lift the moratorium they were prepared to safely operate,hmmm.
It can`t happen again can it, reading documents about tanker traffic it`s quite clear that the equipment is safe, technology,radar, GPS, modern navigating equipment, but the experts,I have the data, 75% of all oil spill accidents are human error, and nothing,no technology can stop that, maybe I`m paranoid,one in a million,the Hebei lion that just ran aground on thursday, the media completely missed the story, never even examined the potential threat, a 30 second sound bite when we were lucky beyond belief that we didn`t have a ecological disaster in the lower gulf islands but,one in a million right, or not, the captain of the Exxon Valdez was apparently drunk and snoozing and left a clueless crew mate in charge,oops, one in a million,it can`t happen again can it, almost forgot about the bc ferry crashing Horseshoe bay, and then there was the queen of the north, human error, I don`t know,they did hit an island,oops, monkey business on the bridge,who knows, they had the best and recently installed safety equipment,so much for technology
  1. 16--Aegean Sea----------------1992-------La Coruna, Spain---------------------------74.000 tons
  2. 17--Sea Empress--------------1996-------Milford Haven, UK------------------------72.000
  3. 18--Katina P--------------------1992------off Maputo, Mozambique----------------72.000
  4. 19--Nova-------------------------1985-----off Kharg island,gulf of Iran-------------70.000
  5. 20--Prestige---------------------2002------off the Spanish coast------------------------63,000
  6. 35th--Exxon Valdez---------1989-------Prince William sound---------------------37.000
Besides storms, human errors, accidents can happen while loading super tankers, one of the biggest risks is a collision between cruise ships and oil tankers,and we have a very busy cruise ship industry,everyday they`re are cruise ships plying the inside passage, yet by far the biggest risk is those one in a million human errors that can`t be stopped, it can`t happen again can it?
There is no fail safe, could you imagine if a big spill happened in our inside waters, not a little spill of 37,000 tons like the Valdez but 300,000 tons or more, our coast would be gone for generations,shellfish,birds, herring,bottom fish and those darn cute sea otters that I can`t get out of my head, what cost can you put on that, it would take decades to receive compensation, for a loss that we would never get back,and thats enough to get me all teary eyed again, can we take that chance,can we possibly risk losing what isn`t ours, can we gamble with future generations right to a green environment, our salmon and bears are already hurting, we could lose our pacific salmon without a spill what chance would the salmon have with the herring spawn dead, these forests,our rain forests depend on the salmon, our rain forests contain salmon nitrogen,there`s salmon in these rain forest giants,if the salmon go the bears go,the eagles go, my god,one in a million, human error, fog, equipment malfunction, hurricane force winds,isolated straight line winds.
We hardly have any fish compared to when I was a youth, yes,I remember yesterday, god damn it that`s why I get so angry because I can remember yesterday.
I dedicate this story to Alexandra Morten, this star has given her life to protect my soul, for without the salmon I am nothing, my mom,my dad are salmon to me, if i can write one story that can make a difference in this world I will die a happy man.
Let the Federal Government know that no pipeline is coming, if they want pitchforks,they`ll get them!.....Email environment minister here Prentice.J@parl.gc.ca Environment Canada here enviroinfo@ec.gc.ca


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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Inadequate training and experience were also found to be contributing factors in this incident.

this must be a mis quote, if we have poor training for our submariners, what can the other members of the force's expect?

Grant G said...

What part of human error don`t you understand?

The report came from the Canadian Navy.


This is not a bitch against the service, this is about the inevitable oil spill that would happen with the Enbridge pipeline.

Good Day

Anonymous said...

Reminds of the story of the BC Ferry vessel that grounded somewhere around Port Hardy a few years ago. They were going on the wrong side of the buoy and a native Indian fisherman who was watching from the passenger deck went running up to the wheelhouse and yelled, 'You're going on the wrong side of the buoy!'
'What?' they may have said. Or perhaps, 'don't be silly, we know what we're doing.'
Wish there was a punchline, but the truth is they ignored him and went on the rocks. True story. Now Indian no longer trust white man. Think he crazy.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the above story of the Indian who warned of impending shipwreck and the company which ignored him, let me ask you this: Who would you have voted for in that exact situation? The Indian who knew the truth? Or the 'committee' in the wheelhouse who were convinced of their superiority?
That, my friends, is where we are politically, and that is why we each need a vote on the ISSUES, instead of a vote on flatulent representation.

Alison Richards said...

I have signed petitions, written letters, spread the info via FB, Twitter and word of mouth... Wake up Canada! The oil companies don't care about our environment. They will take the cheapest quickest route even though they are fully aware we will suffer immeasurable loss as a result. Here's a great compilation of info and at bottom of page links to petitions and action. Please speak up about this insanity.

From a 'Radical' environmentally focused grandmother of seven.

http://www.ecosanity.org/blogsanity/compilation-alberta-bc-enbridge-northern-gateway-pipeline-climate-environmental-crimeline

Jual Teropong Malam said...

a very nice release picture,, I liked