Alert! Issue 10 Available Online

http://www.he-alert.org/documents/newsletter/Alert!_10.pdfWhy regulation needs to be realistic Regulation is important, while compliance with it is essential for safe ship operation. Violations of the rules and regulations account for many accidents. The latest issue of Alert!, the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin focuses upon regulation, and concludes that while absolutely necessary, they need to be both realistic and practical.There was a famous photograph taken a few years ago after a tanker master…

January 10, 2006
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Jail time for NY ferry accident

NY ferry pilot, official jailed for 2003 crash www.chinaview.cn2006-01-10 08:06:06 NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (Xinhuanet) — The pilot at the helm of the New York Staten Island Ferry when it crashed in 2003, killing 11 people, and the city’s former ferry director, were given jail terms here Monday. Assistant Captain Richard Smith, who passed out in the pilot’s house of the Andrew J. Barberi after taking medication with drowsy side…

January 10, 2006
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Big boys making big toys

In a press release issued yesterday, Aker Yards and Alstom Marine announce their intention to join operations and create a new company, under the Aker banner, to take over operation of the St Nazaire and Lorient ship yards in France. Aker would own the lions share of the new company at 75% and Alstom the remaining 25%, until 2010, when Aker may offer a complete buyout. Alstom operates Europe’s biggest…

January 5, 2006
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Fast ferries making waves again

Thanks JK for bringing up this topic on a previous post. I have been dragging ass lately, even though this topic has been making waves and rumours for quite some time in the local engineering community, which of course has a fair share of our peers from BC Ferries. My good friend sent me the article below, published recently in the local paper. Some interesting comments from various sources I…

December 25, 2005
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Cats Back to Vancouver?

Vancouver Considers Bringing Back Fast Cat FerriesWednesday, December 21, 2005The CEO of the Washington Marine Group is downplaying environmental concerns as he considers the idea of bringing back the Fast Cat ferries to work a Vancouver to Nanaimo run, CKNW News Talk reports. The vessels would be run at a slower speed than previously, and officials say that improvements have been made since they were first introduced and that the…

December 23, 2005
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Tired Icebreakers

December 16, 2005Report Says More Money Is Needed to Maintain the Country’s Aging Heavy IcebreakersBy ANDREW C. REVKIN http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/16/national/16ice.html The nation’s two heavy-duty icebreakers are nearing the end of their useful lives, and there is neither enough money to maintain them nor a plan to replace them, according to a report from a panel of the National Academies, the country’s pre-eminent scientific body.In a preliminary report requested by Congress and…

December 23, 2005
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Carnival getting bigger

16 Dec 2005 Carnival orders new cruise liners London-listed cruise liner group Carnival Corporation has placed a £1.1bn (US$1.95bn) order with the Italian ship builder Fincantieri for the construction of four new cruise liners with the option for a further two vessels. The four new ships will add a total of 11,756 lower berths to the cruise operator’s fleet. Part of Carnival’s North American and European brand expansion, of the…

December 17, 2005
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On The Beach

The Coast Guard Search and Rescue cutter Westport is on the ‘hard’ at Metheghan, NS on December 13, for inspection of the bottom and rudders.The 28 foot Bay of Fundy tides make inspection and quick repairs simplier then docking or craning the vessel out of the water.The “Arun” class 15.8 m aluminum boat was built in 1997 at Hike Metals and is self-righting.

December 14, 2005
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