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Kingston waterfront news for 2005

The City of Kingston has just acquired the Bittern to be converted into a fireboat.

The City hopes to get MetalCraft Marine, whose order books for new fireboats are bulging, to perform the retrofitting.

Posted December 29 2005

The December 2005 KYC Log has been posted.

Posted December 19 2005
Whig: City avoids stricter sewage-spill rules

It turns out that the City won't be forced to abide by these proposed rules (see also here).

In short, the City won't have to do this:

  1. Notify downstream communities prior to bypassing sewage into waterways.
  2. Monitor every bypass and publicize the length of the bypass, the quantity of sewage discharged, the direction and size of the plume, the level of contamination present in the bypass (eg, E. coli concentrations), and other similar data.
  3. Ensure that every waterway is cleaned up after being exposed to a bypass.
Instead, the City and the Ministry of the Environment negotiated a non-binding "letter of commitment" to notify the medical officer of health and the Frontenac Islands Township in the event that untreated waste is discharged into area water.
Posted December 17 2005

The City and the Ministry of Environment make a deal in the Belle Park landfill case. Update: Coverage by The Whig and CKWS-TV.

Posted December 14 2005

The CFB Kingston Yacht Club has posted a (very) preliminary calender some of their 2006 events. Lift-in is Sunday May 14th which, as their home page points out, is a mere 150 days from now.

Posted December 14 2005

The Tett Centre, Kingston's waterfront arts haven, is under some threat, and some mobilization will probably be required to save it. Update: The city hires Artscape, a Toronto firm, to study the Tett Centre.

Posted December 7 2005
MetalCraft ships a new 36ft. FireStorm fireboat

Also down at Anglin Bay, this week MetalCraft Marine shipped a new 36ft. FireStorm fireboat to Perth Amboy, New Jersey (Google map here) to work in New York harbour.

Posted December 7 2005
Busy week at Kingston Marina

Kingston Marina used two cranes to haul out this 60ft. tug yesterday for a Transport Canada inspection. This boat is due back in the water ASAP with the job of breaking ice for Brockville harbour.

Kingston Marina reports having more boats for winter storage, and more boats for in-water winter storage, than ever before. This picture show's the Anglin Bay harbour full of boats that are too big to be hauled out. Theyare using agitators to keep the ice away. The largest vessel being stored is the Canadian Empress at 108 ft.

Posted December 7 2005

The agenda for the December 6th Council meeting contains this item about the City purchasing the Queen Street dock, which is next to the Wolfe Island Ferry dock and across the street from the proposed LVEC, with no immediate or clear purpose.

Updated: Read CKWS-TV's report of Monday, December 5th.

Posted December 4 2005

CKWS-TV reported Friday that a 72-foot cruise ship, the "Georgian Clipper", will begin serving the port of Kingston in the spring. See their 2006 itinerary, and see more pictures and diagrams of the vessel here.

This ship only carries 18 passengers. The story notes that, apparently, Kingston lacks the deep water docking to accommodate this sort of business on a larger scale. It's pretty clear that Kinston is underachieving in a spectacular way when it comes to accommodating larger vessels, cruise vessels included.

Posted December 4 2005

CKWS-TV reports that Collins Bay Marina has achieved the Ontario Marina Operators Association's highest honours for environmental best practices.

Collins Bay Marina has other environmentally-related feathers itn its cap:

  • Receipt of the OMOA's Robert Eaton Environmental Award "for excellence in environmental practices within the marine industry".
  • Presentation with the DuPont Canada Annual Ecology Award from the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation.
  • Seminal work with the OMOA executive in establishing the Clean Marine Program that is now in place across the province.
  • Education of boaters and the provision of incentives for participation in environmentally responsible measures and programs.
  • The provision of specialized equipment and implementation of appropriate containment procedures to enable their boaters to work safely with potentially hazardous materials in the course of doing maintenance on their boats.
Posted December 1 2005

Vector Wind Energy Inc. of Ottawa has detailed web pages about its proposed developments on Carruthers Point, Taylor Kidd West, and Amherst Island.

Of the three projects, Amherst Island looks to be the most intensive. Click here and here for larger, full-size images.

Posted November 29 2005

From the United States Army Corps of Engineers:

All of the Great Lakes, except Lake Ontario, are 4 to 6 inches below the levels of a year ago. ; Lake Ontario is 6 inches higher than it was a year ago.... Lakes Erie and Ontario are expected to fall 2 and 3 inches, respectively, over the next 30 days. Levels over the next few months on all the Great Lakes, with the exception of Lake Ontario, are expected to remain lower than 2004/2005. Evaporation rates this fall may be higher than average due to warmer surface water temperatures. See our Daily Levels web page for more water level information.

If this forecast holds then spring 2006 levels look to be about a foot below 2005 levels.

Posted November 27 2005

The Kingston Yacht Club has posted a list of its 2006 board of directors.

Posted November 26 2005

From the October KYC Log: The Kingston Yacht Club has been awarded the William Abbott Senior Trophy for 2005. The award goes to the top LTS program in Canada each year. This is a first for a learn-to-sail program in the Kingston area since the award was created in 1991. Clubs from Ontario have won this award 10 times in those 15 years.

Posted November 23 2005

A heavy rainfall in early April 2005 caused Kingston to dump 52 million liters of waste water into the Cataraqui River. Total fine? Zilch.

Posted November 23 2005

The Kingston-based Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) is seeking a new National Team Coach responsible for coaching athletes engaged in high performance sailing activities. Closes December 2, 2005.

Posted November 23 2005

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Last Updated: July 17, 2012