Bad Things Happens in Bunches

Scanning the marine sites the last fews weeks has not turned up much to comment on.Then all hell breaks loose!(I’ve noticed the same effect around my office. One ship breaks down and there is a cascade effect until you can manage to get one back to sea. Thankfully nothing near the magnitude of the topics of the last three posts ) If you go to the Cargo Law site you…

March 24, 2006
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Star Princess smokes up in Jamaica

This story from Radio Jamaica on the Star Princess fire. ——————— One man reportedly died of a heart attack and eleven other persons are injured following a fire on board a cruise ship which was headed to Jamaica from Grand Cayman Thursday morning. The Chief Financial Officer of Carnival Cruise lines which owns the “Star Princess” Gerald Cahill, says the fire was containined to a single area aboard the ship…

March 23, 2006
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OLD, ARMED Coast Guard Icebreakers

Strapping guns on coast guard ships quick solution, admiral says By CHRIS LAMBIE Staff Reporter Halifax Herald The fastest way for Canada to get armed icebreakers would be to put .50-calibre machine-guns and some navy sailors on coast guard ships that are already up to the task of navigating the Arctic, says the region’s top sailor.The new Conservative minority government has promised to buy three armed, heavy icebreakers as part…

March 23, 2006
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Queen of the Deep, huh, North

Boy you are quick on the ball there JK. Its good to have you onside. Indeed something going on, I said to myself as I drove home this morning, past the BC Ferries Company headquarters in Victoria BC, there was the local news media satellite trucks parked in the front and several people lined outside. I thought to myself, oh great, not another fare hike. Little did I know it…

March 23, 2006
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Absent Friends

My shoe phone rang early this morning, a friend and co-worker on the other end calling from his ship“Have you heard about the Queen of the North?” he said, “It sunk! Isn’t that Dave’s ship? “ I struggled with all the info at once- early in the morning and still half asleep, a BC Ferry has sunk and the fact that another friend and old-schoolmate was possibly onboard. An incident…

March 22, 2006
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Oil Company Heads For the Beaufort

Shell plans Beaufort Sea drillingNEW ACQUISITION: Oil giant buys mothballed drilling rig to prepare for 2007 exploration. Shell has purchased the offshore drilling rig Kulluk for drilling in the Beaufort Sea. (Photo by Shell) By WESLEY LOYAnchorage Daily News(Published: March 4, 2006)Dutch oil giant Shell, which stormed back to Alaska last year by spending more than $44 million on Beaufort Sea exploratory leases, has purchased a mammoth drilling rig to…

March 20, 2006
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The Flu and Ship Movies.

I am sitting here surrounded by the papers, blueprints and associated documents that one consults when writing a docking specification. The specification is gone now, contract is signed and I have a breathing space before the ship actually comes out of the water. Of course I could clean my desk so I can actually lay my hands on any required paper without moving 200 other pieces of paper, but there…

March 8, 2006
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Good News on Canadian Shipbuilding

Trustee for Quebec-based Davie Shipyard says it has accepted purchase offer_____ MONTREAL (CP) _ The Davie shipyard near Quebec City is expected to be sold to the Quebec-based ship repair company, Navamar.The trustee for the bankrupt shipyard announced Friday it has accepted Navamar’s purchase offer, considered the most suitable offer of the five companies interested in purchasing it.Few details have been released about the offer.But Navamar will go over the…

March 2, 2006
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