Safety’s fine, when you got the time…

March 4, 2008

I am not sure exactly who sent me the email, but it wasn’t from anyone with a maritime background. It was one of those forward thingies. It had been around and forwarded quite a few times, thats for sure. It went something like, “the reason why get such cheap goods from China, is that they don’t care for health and safety laws there.” Which I believe holds some truth; anywhere…


S.S. Caribou’s last surviving crew member dies

February 17, 2008

A bit of forgotten WWII history. John Matthews served on ferry sunk by U-boat in 1942By CORY HURLEY Corner Brook Western Star CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A man believed to be the last living crew member and one of the last known survivors of a German U-boat attack on the the S.S. Caribou off Newfoundland in 1942, has died.John Matthews, 84, passed away in hospital last Thursday after years of…


They are seafarers, just throw them in jail

February 7, 2008

Seafarer criminalisation ‘threatens safety’4 February 2008 Lloyds List THE threat posed by the criminalisation of seafarers has continued to increase in the past year despite efforts to work with authorities to tackle the issues. The wide-ranging investigations launched after the containership Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge last November, some of which were reported to carry criminal law implications for the ship’s crew and pilot, have been cited…


Crew members found dead on ship

I took this off the BBC site.It is bad enough with all the hazards you face going to sea, that chemicals inside containers can also kill.I will definitely be watching for more info on this report. Two crew members have been found dead on board a container ship forced to dock at the Port of Dover in Kent. The Latvian-registered Sava Lake had contacted Dover Coastguard on Friday night to…

January 19, 2008

A Case of A Little Too Much New Years Eve?

In St. John’s, 2 ships go bump in the nightLast Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:38 AM NTCBC NewsA Canadian Coast Guard vessel was struck in St. John’s Harbour on New Year’s Day when a transport ship bumped into it. The 224-metre container ship Cabot slipped its moorings in the harbour and then drifted into the coast guard vessel. Crews manage to drop an anchor from the Cabot to stop…

January 2, 2008

Canada Ship Owners and regulators – Take notice

December 17, 2007

This interesting article came across my desk the other day. Its sad to hear of such a disaster hitting Russia, but one wonders if in the aftermath, there isn’t an important message for Canada in there. Canada which relies a great deal on much older tonnage than cited in the article (25 years old). More about this event at the BBC’s website, and the CS Monitor. – Martin Black Sea…


A good reason to take your time building steam

December 16, 2007

Norway report blames NCL and BVCraig Eason, 11 December 2007 Lloyds List THE official report into the cruiseship Norway explosion in Miami in 2003 that killed eight crew members has said that the owner, Norwegian Cruise Line, and class society Bureau Veritas were partly to blame. The US National Transportation Safety Board report into the boiler room explosion claims that the probable cause was “the deficient boiler operation, maintenance, and…


Offloading regulatory responsibilities

December 15, 2007

Below. An interesting article on an accident in Australia highlighting the “self regulation” pitfalls. It seems people want to make money, but no one wants to get dirty, so they offload the responsibilities onto others. – Martin ‘Hands-off’ safety board blamedFrom Fairplay 14 December 2007 BRISBANE 14 December – A board of Inquiry report into the Wunma incident, in which an Australian ore carrier was abandoned in Cyclone Nelson, has…