Originally Posted by Lepke
Unless you have oar ports, we all use fuel. Taking a tug outside Vancouver Island costs more than running the inside passage. Vessels making this passage on a schedule learn to use the currents to their advantage and deliver their cargo for less money. Maybe why fuel is more expensive in Canada
. Fuel and other cargoes have to be delivered to remote
areas on a schedule, so storms can't be totally avoided. The outside is much more dangerous than the inside. Many ships have run aground on the west side. Barges being smaller than ships take a beating on the outside.
That said, rules concerning moving oil
cargoes thru Canadian waters is best left to Canadians.
Lepke you are missing the key points
This tug/barge combo does not service
It carries about 3, 580, 000 US gallons of fuel for Alaska
It is not suitable for going safely offshore
so should not be allowed inside......BUT because it saves some multinational companies some money in competition with proper tanker ships safely using the outside route
... it was improperly allowed.
I used to run tug and barges both on the inside and outside of these waters, so I know the year round conditions.
Even on the inside, there are nasty exposed parts
The small supply ships and coastal tankers are highly maneuverable and sea kindly in winter storms for supplying coastal Canadian communities ......Whereas this very large 287ft barge and pusher tug bound for Alaska ports is NOT!!!
It has no reason to be allowed in these beautiful confined waters.