|Photographer:||andrecas [View profile]||Title:||SCOTIA TIDE||Added:||Jun 19, 2019|
|Captured:||June 06, 2019||IMO:||9776303||Hits:||27|
|Location:||Saint John, Canada|
|Tied up pier 2A.
The following is a portion of a news story sourced from CBC News website...….
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Open Hydro's heavy lift barge and other equipment under 'arrest' in Saint John
· CBC News · Posted: Sep 14, 2018 7:00 AM AT | Last Updated: September 14, 2018
The heavy lift barge Scotia Tide (shown carrying the five-storey-high underwater turbine) has been seized by creditors and is being held in Saint John. The barge belongs to the OpenHydro tidal project in the Bay of Fundy. (Land and Sea, CBC)
A troubled tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy has left a list of Maritime contractors unpaid, and an enormous, heavy lift barge under "arrest" at a berth in West Saint John.
The port of Saint John has been a service centre for the Minas Basin Tidal project headed by Ireland's OpenHydro Group Ltd.
But the company filed for liquidation in July just two days after the turbine was turned on, when its French parent, Naval Energies, announced it was no longer funding tidal power projects.
The five-storey-tall turbine remains anchored on the seafloor and spinning with the tides but is not sending power to the Nova Scotia grid.
CBC has obtained seven statements of claim registered with either the Federal Court of Canada or the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia against the company's Canadian subsidiary, OpenHydro Technology Canada Ltd.
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They detail a total of more than $2.6 million in unpaid debts for services ranging from stevedoring at the Port of Saint John to underwater diving work at the Minas Basin site where the turbine has been installed.
"We're on the list of creditors," said Port of Saint John communications director Paula Copeland. "We still have equipment of theirs here."
Copeland describes the equipment as being held "in distraint" in an enclosed area on port property. In its statement of claim port operator, DP World says it is owed $226,000 by OpenHydro Technology Ltd, the company's Canadian subsidiary.
A large purpose-built steel cradle for holding the turbine when not in the water still sits on the Saint John waterfront at Long Wharf.
It is also being held against debts along with several unspecified pieces of equipment kept in a fenced enclosure on Port of Saint John property.
But DP World is not the only group holding OpenHydro assets.
Scotia Tide, the largest heavy-lift capacity barge in Atlantic Canada, was placed under "arrest" while at its berth in Saint John by RMI Marine of Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, a company that did diving and small vessel support work at the turbine site.
The catamaran-style barge was commissioned by Cape Sharp Tidal, the partnership created between OpenHydro Canada and Nova Scotia's Emera, and launched in December 2015 at the Pictou shipyard.
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Below photo uploaded August 16, 2016 shows turbine on barge with additional information about the project......