Artist's rendition of second cruise berth.

That Sinking Feeling

May 13, 2020 at 12:21 pm

The cruise industry has been hard hit by COVID-19, which is bad news for any port that has put all its eggs in that particular basket, like the Port of Sydney which counts on the industry for up to 85% of its revenues and has funneled $20 million in publicRead...

Drone shot of RCGS Resolute. Image credit: Island Aerial Media

RCGS Resolute’s Long Strange Trip

May 6, 2020 at 11:36 am

One of the best hours I spent this week was listening to my favorite podcasters dissecting the recent attempt by a ragtag group of mercenaries to overthrow the Venezuelan government — a saga that sounded like a James Ellroy novel come to life. (Seriously, if you’ve read Ellroy’s American Tabloid,Read...

The Grand Princess cruise ship in happier times, 2007. (Photo by Teh tennisman / CC BY-SA https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

COVID-19 and the Cruise Industry

March 11, 2020 at 12:12 pm

I’ve speculated about it going over budget and falling behind schedule, but it never occurred to me that a virus — more specifically, a novel coronavirus called COVID-19 — would pose the biggest threat to the timely opening of the CBRM’s $20 million second cruise ship berth, but here weRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 6, 2020 at 11:59 am

Ad nauseum Thanks to Tim Bousquet at the Halifax Examiner for pointing me to this article by David Roth (the one who used to write for Deadspin, not the one who sang “Jump”). It’s called “The infinite scroll” and it is an elegant though depressing exploration of the modern onlineRead More

Puzzling Over the Port File

Puzzling Over the Port File

January 15, 2020 at 1:36 pm

Each week, I pick a subject and do my research and try to give some sort of coherent account of what I’ve learned but this week — I give up. I’ve been trying to make sense of the latest developments in the Sydney container port saga and I am utterlyRead More

Drone shot of RCGS Resolute. Image credit: Island Aerial Media

OOE’s Sea of Troubles

January 15, 2020 at 1:30 pm

The voyage is apparently over for One Ocean Expeditions (OOE). The Polar cruise specialist founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin, which had been canceling this season’s voyages one by one, has sent a letter to passengers stating it “will enter a formal process of business re-structure in accordance with CanadianRead More

John Geiger, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and OOE managing director Andrew Prossin in Sydney in August 2017.

One Ocean Expeditions in Hot Water?

January 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), the Squamish, BC-based cruise line founded by Westmount native Andrew Prossin in 2007, has canceled eight of this season’s cruises, leaving angry customers — some of whom have paid as much as (or more than) $20,000 for their tickets —  in its wake. I’ve heard recentlyRead More

Top (Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert welcomes Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Mark Norman for an office call at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne F. Metzger/Released)
Bottom: Bottom: MS Asterix naval replenishment ship, post-conversion.

UPDATED: The Vice-Admiral Norman/NSS Timeline

December 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Over a year ago, I began creating this timeline, intending to track two separate but connected stories: Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and more particularly, the large-vessel component of the NSS. The criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. The impetus was the upcoming trial — scheduled for August 2019 —Read More

December Deadlines

December Deadlines

December 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Can you believe 2019 is almost over? I can’t — and do you know who else probably can’t? Martin Chernin of Harbour Royale Development Limited (HRDL) and Albert Barbusci of Sydney Harbour Investment Partners (SHIP). Why is that, you ask? Well, because each of them faces a big deadline forRead More

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

The Best-Laid Strategic Plans of Mice and Men…

November 6, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The executive of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC) board has quit and I have to thank them for making that information public because if they hadn’t told us, we probably wouldn’t have noticed until next year’s AGM. The executive — chair Lucia MacIsaac, vice-chair John Khattar, treasurer JohnRead More