• Day of the Seafarer (DotS), June 25, 2018
  • New leadership at USCG
  • Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia in May 2018
  • Seat Belts Please : TCMS is on the move
  • INTO THE RAGING SEA – SS El Faro

Can You Imagine The Havoc….

if this happened on a ship and trying to log it?Well, Chief, you see, there was this smell of cooking snake and then ‘BOOM’ all the lights went out.This is better then the mouse that shut Vancouvers lights out a few years ago. Snake brings LNG facility in Thailand to standstill17:56 06/ 02/ 2006KUALA LUMPUR, February 6 (RIA Novosti) – A natural gas facility in southern Thailand was brought to…

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Wartsila-One Stop Shopping

First John Crane, then Lipps and Deutz, now Wartsila has acquired Power and Automation Systems from Aker Kvaerner. AKPAS supplies power and automation systems for the oil and gas, marine and industrial markets. The company operates mainly in the North Sea region with major oil and gas companies and Norwegian shipyards. AKPAS has annual net sales of EUR 28 million and 135 employees in Stord, Norway. The acquisition price is…

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We’ll Buy It, Then We’ll “Canadianize” It

PUBLICATION:The Telegram (St. John’s)DATE:2006.01.22 BYLINE:Baker, Jamie Missing the boat; Critics blast plan to have DFO vessel designed in NorwayMarine-design experts and political leaders in this province are furious over the federal government’s stated preference to award a major contract for vessel design – which they say can be done right here – to a company in Norway.On Nov. 28, Public Works Canada released an advance contract award notice (ACAN) stating…

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CHIKYU: Pardon me

Joides Resolution was an impressive ship to see in Victoria Harbour, a casual visitor to the city over tha last few years. In the context of the politically charge debate of offshore oil drilling in BC, it was often a sight that made people nervous, but certainly interested all that saw the ship. An impresive, specialized piece of equipment. I read in the paper about the completion of the $540…

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Immigrants to Canada cry foul

I came across an interesting article in the Georgia Straight, a weekly newspaper in Vancouver, about the plight of educated and skilled immigrants to Canada. A topic which probably strikes a cord with many immigrants of seafaring backgrounds. Of whom, many have settled in Vancouver, and which, I understand, have some misgivings about their current situations versus what they were experiencing before coming to Canada. Canada seems to be suffering…

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Philipino scholar”ships”

Norwegian shipowners offering 150 scholarshipsEmily Jade B. Valero, Sun Star Publishing, Inc.Monday, January 16, 2006 The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) is offering 150 scholarship slots for incoming first year Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering students at the University of Cebu (UC). As a NSA scholar, one can enjoy two years of full scholarship with free board and lodging, book and clothing allowance. On their third year, they will get a…

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MV APL Panama Still Aground

Antigua & Barbuda flag, 40,306gt. M/V APL Panama grounded on sand Dec 25 while inbound to the Port of Ensenada in clear conditions. Reports are that the Master did not wait for a Pilot before continuing. My guess is his next job will be the Unemployment line.As of today, the ship is still hard aground and attempts have failed to tow her off. Work continues to offload the ship to…

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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…

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