Whale in the News

When a barge named ATL 2701 makes its ungainly way into the Port of Toronto early next week, it is unlikely to make any more waves than the average freighter would.Had the 82-metre vessel kept its original name, Irving Whale, it might be a different story. To the casual eye, the ATL 2701 will carry nothing more than a massive set of pipes and racks bound for the much-debated Portlands…

December 11, 2007
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Death benefits paid out of “Petty Cash” box

$300 for dead seafarers’ families05 Nov 2007, Safety at Sea International KUALA LUMPUR 05 November – Malaysia has introduced, on compassionate grounds, a so-called death benevolent fund of RM$1,000 ($298) for the estates of dead seafarers. Datuk Captain Ahmad Osman, chairman of the country’s Marine Department confirmed the ‘one-off’ payout to Fairplay, though when asked if the Marine Department would seek raising payouts during times of inflation he said “not…

November 25, 2007
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TSB, BCFC and Cannabis

Now I realize that the wheels of TSB grind slowly, but this release from yesterday made me go Hmmm. A Board Concern that takes a year to release and concerns about possible cannabis use onboard by the crew on a Ferry. The same crew who is presumably manning another ship for the year it took for this Board Concern to be released.Yet TSB wants BCFC to review their policy without…

October 18, 2007
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Sad anniversary

October 1, 2007

Speaking of ferry safety… This came in my Daily News email from MarineLink. Estonia Sinking RememberedFriday, September 28, 2007, (HK Law) Thirteen years ago today, on September 28, 1994, the ferry ESTONIA sank during a storm in the Baltic Sea. The sinking claimed 852 lives and the exact cause remains controversial. The ferry was engaged in an overnight crossing from Tallinn to Stockholm, carrying 989 passengers and crew. The official…

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Norwegian Dawn gets dry after soaking

September 29, 2007

NCL passengers blew holiday storm out of proportionBy Sandra Speares, 11 June 2007 Lloyds List A FLORIDA jury has found in favour of Norwegian Cruise Line in legal action brought by passengers on a voyage during which Norwegian Dawn was hit by a freak wave, writes Sandra Speares. “We are pleased with the jury’s thoughtful and reasoned decision,” NCL chief executive Colin Veitch said following the verdict. “We have always…

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More About SAR Exercise

‘It’s very perplexing’Ferry captain had no sign fumes were making people sickBy WITH LAURANORTH SYDNEY— The captain of the Marine Atlantic ferry involved in a dramatic search and rescue drill that went awry this week said Friday his crew had no indication there was a problem with fumes that sent dozens of people to hospital.Master Keith Hopkins said he only learned of Thursday’s incident after someone informed him that 21…

September 29, 2007
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