• Deal was fully automated, and super expensive
  • It’s a good news bad news thing
  • Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada
  • Day of the Seafarer (DotS), June 25, 2018
  • New leadership at USCG

Seaspan Gains Weight

Seaspan orders four more vesselsFrom Sailings Magazine, March 2007 Seaspan Corporation of Vancouver has signed a contract with Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China to build four 2,500-TEU vessels for delivery between September 2008 and March 2009. These newbuilds will increase the company’s contracted fleet to 29 vessels. The total delivered cost is expected -to be approximately $44.5 million per vessel, subject to certain predelivery expenses, the company said. Seaspan also…

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Even empty oil barrels worth a look…

Mystery of ‘dumped’ man found drifting on raft of oildrumsBy Marcus Oscarsson in Stockholm and Joanna Bale, The Times April 22, 2006 A MAN found floating on a raft 30 miles (48 km) out to sea between Norway and Denmark insisted yesterday that he had been thrown overboard from a British ship. The crew on the Norwegian gas tanker Berge Odin thought that they were mistaken when they spotted the…

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Savannah Express MAIB Report

On July 19, 2005 the Savannah Express, one of the largest container ships in the world, was manuevering prior to berthing at Southampton Container Terminal, when her main engine failed. The engine was unable to be started astern to reduce the vessel’s headway, and she made contact with a linkspan, which was seriously damaged. The vessel suffered paintwork damage to the bulbous bow. Savannah Express had been delivered from the…

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Arctic Container Ships Delivered

MS Norilskiy Nickel, an arctic container vessel built at Aker Yards in Helsinki, was delivered to the Russian MMC Norilsk Nickel. The vessel is intended for traffic on the Northern Sea Route. MS Norilskiy Nickel is a prototype based on the double-acting ship concept developed by Aker Yards.The 14,500 dwt Arctic Container Vessel worth $84.9 m is 169 m x 23 m, with 9 m draught and capable of breaking…

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The Ecstasy and the Agony

I had to take a picture of this picture montage found at the Seafarer’s Mission in the Port of Galveston. Pretty dramatic pictures showing the realities of most seafarers on a daily basis. The caption reads… “Carnival Cruise Line ship Ecstasy had been operating out of the Port of Galveston since October of 2004. On September 6, 2005, she was contracted by FEMA following Hurricane Katrina to serve as temporary…

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Kometik Fire Kills One

One dead, another in hospital after N.L. tanker fire( Picture From Environment Canada) The Canadian PressSaturday, April 08, 2006ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – One man is dead following a fire on an oil tanker more than a kilometre off Newfoundland.Coast Guard officials say the man was pronounced dead aboard the Kometik, which services the Hibernia offshore oil platform.Another man was taken to a St. John’s hospital with burns to half of…

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Neptune doesn’t like Canadian seafarers

Perhaps some of you are aware that a huge project is afoot to study the ocean, by building a underwater ocean observatory. The main project, Neptune (acronyms) is yet to be installed, but the small scale trial model has been install off Patricia Bay in the Saanich Inlet off Vancouver Island, it is called Venus. Venus infrastructure was installed by Global Marine, a British outfit using the Wave Venture usually…

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53 19N 129 13.5W

53 19N 129 13.5W is the aproximate resting place of the Queen of the North and it’s two lost souls. I continue to follow up on the stroy as it is quite interesting. The most interesting thing I found today is that BC Ferries has pulled the “Our Fleet” listing for the Queen of the North from the main corporate website. I am not sure it means, if anything, but…

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