In April 2008, the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) created a compulsory pilotage area in the water approaches to Voisey’s Bay, Labrador (the principal port is Edwards Cove in Anaktalak Bay). Voisey’s Bay becomes the seventeenth compulsory pilotage area for the APA. The APA has been monitoring the development of the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine since the late 1990’s. In 2004, the Authority commissioned a risk assessment using the Pilotage Risk Management Methodology (PRMM) in order to assess whether pilotage in this area should become compulsory.
Mr.Gerard Fitzpatrick has completed his term as a Member of the Board of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority. Mr. Fitzpatrick was first appointed to the Board on December 11th, 2002. His extensive financial and business background allowed Mr. Fitzpatrick to make a significant contribution to the Board over his two terms. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a Chartered Accountant, and is a partner in Beaton Fitzpatrick Murray of Charlottetown, PEI. He is past chairman of Georgetown Shipyards, the PEI Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy.
The “Strait Eagle”, (formerly the “Placentia Pilot”) has been re-launched in the Strait of Canso. Owned and operated by Superport Marine Services Ltd, the boat has been completely rebuilt after being badly damaged in an accident in Placentia Bay in May 2006.
On November 15th, 2007, the “Atlantic Pilot”, was christened in Halifax by Mrs. Debbie Aldrich, wife of Brad Aldrich, President and Refinery Manager at the North Atlantic Oil Refinery in Come-by-Chance, NL. The “Atlantic Pilot” joined her sister vessel “Avalon Pilot” in Placentia Bay, NL by the end of November.
The Authority was honoured to have the “Avalon Pilot” christened on June 1, 2007, by Ms. Heather Skanes, wife of Mr. Paul Adams, President of Newfoundland Transshipment Limited (NTL). The NTL terminal is located in Placentia Bay, NL, and is specifically designed for the storage and transshipment of oil from the Hibernia and White Rose offshore oil fields.
The Minister of Transport is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Calkin as Chair of the Board of Directors, effective December 11, 2006. Mr. Calkin has an engineering background and has much experience in management, impressive academic credentials and a proven track record in various business interests. Mr. Calkin is also Chair of the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission.