Irving Whale 2.0 casts off from Nova Scotia


Sorry Surfer dudes - your barrel rolls are going to get a lot more slick, the Irvings just lost some more of the black stuff. - Dan F.
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Sunken barge raises environmental concerns
Anonymous - CBC News
November 24, 2008

Environment Canada and Canadian Coast Guard officials are meeting Monday to determine what to do with a barge that sank to the ocean floor south of Yarmouth.

The dredging machine, which was moving from Saint John to Halifax, was carrying about 70,000 litres of diesel when it sank about 70 kilometres off the coast on Saturday.

No one was injured but there are concerns about what impact the sinking will have on the environment.
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Aircraft monitors site where barge with 70,000 litres of fuel sank off N.S.
Michael Macdonald - The Canadian Press
(Nov 24th Headline, CanadaEast.com)
November 24th, 2008

HALIFAX, N.S. - A Transport Canada aircraft was sent Monday to survey the scene off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia where an unmanned dredging barge carrying 70,000 litres of diesel sank in rough seas on the weekend.

Joe LeClair, a Canadian Coast Guard spokesman, said the turboprop aircraft, based in Moncton, is routinely used for pollution patrols.

Before the aircraft reached the area, about 80 kilometres southeast of Yarmouth, the crew aboard the coast guard icebreaker Edward Cornwallis reported that the water in the area appeared to be free of any slicks.

"Any possible pollution incident is a great concern," LeClair said in an interview Monday, noting that the area was busy with fishing boats on the first day of the fall season for the largest and most lucrative lobster fishery in Atlantic Canada.
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Three rescued from barge by Greenwood S&R
Anonymous - NovaNewsNow.com
November 21st 2008

Three men were rescued from a barge 25 nautical miles north west of Yarmouth Nov. 19 by a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from 413 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron, 14 Wing Greenwood.

The Cormorant was returning to Greenwood from training in Summerside when the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax tasked the helicopter at 2:15 p.m. to assist the barge, Shovel Master, in trouble off the coast of Nova Scotia.

The weather played a major factor in the rescue, as there were high winds and rough seas as well as icing conditions.
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