Long-expected cruise ship to skip by Shelburne

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The cruise ship Balmoral is expected to make a visit to Shelburne in September.

After months of hard work, the Balmoral Cruise ship with its 1,300 passengers on board will not be stopping in Shelburne as planned.

The decision came after a captain new to Canada had concerns about navigating the harbour without the aid of a harbour pilot.

“Pilots are not required in Shelburne Harbour and many large vessels have visited over the years without the use of a pilot,” said Eyra Abraham, event and tourism coordinator for the Town of Shelburne.

Harbour pilots are arranged by Transport Canada, but the one for this area is on a leave of absence.

“The captain will not take the risk upon himself to come to Shelburne,” said Abraham. 

This news came as a great disappointment to the many people in the community who had planned for the big arrival with food, tours and wares for the high number of expected tourists.

Geographic location: Shelburne

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  • MJ
    September 17, 2014 - 07:53

    How can the town powers-that-be be so incompetent? Feel badly for the restaurants and shops that will lose out on this opportunity and probably can't afford to.

  • Phil
    September 17, 2014 - 06:33

    This is the second time the Balmoral has almost visited Shelburne... the last time was 2010 I believe. The Shelburne water front was set up like it was Founders Days and the Ship sailed right past the harbor.... Accountability is seriously lacking as who would be responsible for locating another Harbor pilot..... not me...not me... just doesn't cut it... Typical...

  • John Oswell
    September 16, 2014 - 18:14

    This is absolutely ridiculous, Transport Canada can't find a competent individual with all the traffic including the Coastguard who comes in here to provide the service. This smacks of the usual incompetence and lack of communication when anything that might help this community goes south AGAIN. Did the town know about this? Was any communication made to anyone or is this just the usual HUH?

  • RIta Crosbie
    September 16, 2014 - 10:09

    So why is this ONLY just coming to light 48 hours before he should sail in ? And why couldn't we get a Pilot from elsewhere ? The Cpt is responsible for all the lives on the vessel and they make the call but why just now ? Allegedly he is new to Canada and just joined the ship .. you couldn't make this stuff up :-(