• TC – catching up
  • USCG to get new Heavy Icebreaker
  • Piracy: Still an important concern
  • OCIMF extends access to Tanker Management and Self Assessment reports to non-members
  • Check your tickets!

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Diesel’s Le Mans

Audi Le Mans DieselReuters News Service Tue 13 Dec, 2005, 16:57 Audi has announced an attempt to win Le Mans – with a diesel engine.Audi has won Le Mans five times in the last six years and the new racer is intended to continue the winning streak. The engine is a 5.5-litre, 12-cylinder twin-turbo TDI engine, which is said to be extremely quiet and economical. It produces over 650 bhp…

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Navy Buying Small Armed Craft For Port Security

The navy is buying a dozen 9.3-metre-long aluminum boats to conduct 24-hour port security patrols around warships anchored or docked in Halifax and Esquimalt, B.C., according to a Chronicle Herald report. Experts believe the purchase is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks similar to the October 2000 incident when two al-Qaeda suicide bombers brought a small boat alongside the USS Cole as it refueled in Yemen. They detonated explosives hidden in…

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Ships Collide On the Elbe River

Pravda.RU:Three ships collide in Germany17:59 2005-12-06Two ships collided in a German river, sinking one of the vessels and throwing seven of its sailors into the water, police said Tuesday. A third ship later ran into the wreckage. Tugboats pulled the sailors from the estuary of the Elbe River late Monday after a freighter carrying fertilizer collided with a container ship north of the port city of Hamburg. The freighter capsized…

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