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Upcoming Event:
After a long hiatus, SNAME Atlantic Canada section will return to action on Tuesday, March 28th, 6pm - 8pm, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Our guest speaker will be Frans Schouffoer, Senior Surveyor, ABL Canada. Mr. Schouffoer will introduce Marine Warranty Surveys and offer a presentation on the MWS of CSS Acadia for its tow between Halifax and Shelbourne, Nova Scotia. 

CSS Acadia is a former Canadian hydrographic surveying and oceanographic research ship. She served Canada for more than 50 years, charting the coastline of almost every part of Eastern Canada including pioneering surveys of Hudson Bay. She was also twice commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Acadia, the only ship still afloat to have served the RCN in both World Wars. She retired in 1969 and today she is a museum ship, designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, moored in Halifax Harbour at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

 The CSS Acadia is a very worthy, valuable old dame but is she seaworthy? That is a very legitimate Question. ABL is a marine surveying company with roots in Marine Warranty Surveys ( MWS) tows of rigs and single voyages. ABL was asked by the owners of the CSS ACADIA to conduct an MWS for the asset when towed from Halifax to the Shelburne Shipyard for the refit of the vessel.

Mr. Schouffoer will introduce ABL Canada, explain marine insurance and Marine Warranty, the role of underwriters, owners, tug operators, and the Surveyor, and discuss 'Seaworthiness' from a technical perspective and a legal perspective in relation to the tow. His presentation will provide examples and a lot of pictures from the CSS ACADIA to explain the MWS process, the findings and results.

 Spoiler alert: the tow was approved, and the CSS ACADIA returned safely to Halifax!

If you want to know if the CSS ACADIA was Seaworthy please join!  


Frans Schouffoer joined his spouse Karin from the Netherlands and moved to Canada in 2009, at that time sailing as a dual officer; Chief mate / 1st Engineer on Container vessels with Maersk Ship Management.

He holds a BSc. / CoC: Master Mariner/ Chief Engineer for all vessels/steam and Engine propulsion unlimited.

While at Sea, Frans followed Lloyds Maritime Academy Marine Surveyor courses

In 2012, he became a marine Surveyor with a Canadian company - Hayes Stuart Atlantic: H&M -P&I- MWS & Cargo 

In 2019, he completed a post-graduation course Marine Surveying MSc. at Middlesex University , London UK.

In 2020, he joined London Offshore Consultants (LOC), then in 2021 LOC joined forces with Aqualis Breamar -  ABL

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Items of Interest

A good read about early tug salvage operations in the North Atlantic. Farley Mowat's book "The Grey Seas Under" based on historical information and tug log books.

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