Watchful eye, guiding voice

October 8, 2012

The US Coast Guard celebrates forty years of Vessel Traffic Services. Natham Bradshaw of the USCG writes the article below, giving us a glimpse of their work. All professional mariners are well aware of the guiding hand of vessel traffic services, in the US and in Canada, this offers us a rare glimpse of this world, especially as it pertains to southern BC waters. USCG Vessel Traffic Service celebrates 40…

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Enough already

September 28, 2012

Sage Sagittarius from Shipspotting.com I have been writing this blog for many years and can’t remember this many deaths aboard ship being in the news. I hope it’s because I am paying more attention, I certainly hope it’s not a trend, but it’s worrying. The Australian Federal Police briefly placed a ship under crime scene tape in the Port of Newcastle, after the 55 year old Filipino Chief Engineer was…

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Celebrate Titanic’s accomplishments

September 24, 2012

The  World Maritime Day theme for 2012 is “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”, which will focus on the Organization’s roots and raison d’être, i.e. safety of life at sea.  One of the consequences of the sinking, in 1912, of the Titanic, in which more than 1,500 people lost their lives,  was the adoption, two years later, of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea…

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Anatomy of a salvage

September 21, 2012

MSC Flaminia is now back in Germany after a major fire in it’s cargo hold. This incident claimed the lives of two sailors, and lead to the crew abandoning the ship in the middle of Atlantic Ocean. They were rescued by another ship, and the ship was salvaged, and as now been towed back to Germany. Now the cargo salvage is to be carried out. You can read an excellent…

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Dayra Wood Pino, Engineering Cadet, RIP

September 12, 2012

How would you feel, sitting down for dinner in the ship’s mess, and knowing that for nearly three weeks, one of your dead crew mates has been lying in the ship’s cool room, next to the vegetables and foodstuff. Despite this, the vessel carries on calling at ports and handling cargo; business as usual. I suspect you would be pretty shaken up, I know I would be. Believe it or…

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Its ok to breath now…

Long time visitor and contributor to the site, Bilge Rat, sent me this video a few weeks back. It’s a riveting drama of a tug in a dire spot on the fast moving waters of the Mississippi, and another tug comes to the rescue. Also a good lesson for all sailors, whether sailing on green, blue or brown waters, always keep your watertight doors and hatches closed and dogged! He…

June 26, 2012
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Costa Concordia preliminary report (no joke this time)

June 23, 2012

Point your browser here, to find the preliminary findings presentation, from the Italian government’s investigation into the grounding, and partial sinking of the Costa Concordia, earlier this year. This brief was given at the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meeting which occurred in late May 2012. You can find a press release of the meeting here, where they highlight several safety recommendations for passenger ships. Overall the presentation by Italy’s…

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Costa Concordia accident report released

June 7, 2012

Peter Ramsauer from internet Ahahaha, made you look. Sorry, I used the old’ bait and switch trick in my title…. like you really expected that such a thing would make the light of day. Lloyd’s List had an article a few weeks about the Costa Concordia disaster, and how Germany’s Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, is publicly pressuring the Italian government to release the results of their investigation, fully, and…

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