Two killed in engine room fire

September 18, 2011

The MV Nordly drama continues to unfold in Alesund, Norway. The ship was reported rocked by an explosion, which occurred shortly after 9 am on September 15th, 2011, in the engine room of the 11,204 GT cruise ferry ship. The ship is operated by Norway based Hurtigruten (aka Norwegian Coastal Express), but is owned by Bergen based Kirberg Shipping, a company backed by the Odfjell ship-owning family. The fire, described…

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Monarch in the news

June 26, 2011

Some years ago a tragic accident occurred on the Monarch of the Seas, a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. At the time, the ship was in Los Angeles on a turn around day, when maintenance being carried out in the engine room, went severely awry. As a result “three crew members, Boris Dimitrov of Bulgaria; Willie Tirol of The Philippines and Radomilja Frane of Croatia, were killed…

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Shaky oversight…

May 19, 2011

If you follow this blog for any length of time, you’ll probably agree that I watch a fair bit of movies. The wife and I watch the other day, Inside Job, in hindsight, not the best movie to watch before leaving to work, all those other pressure are enough strain on the whole affair as it is. The Inside Job is a documentary on the economic meltdown. The authors meticulously…

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That gentle glow, more than a nice sunset…

January 18, 2011

A shipment of Uranium concentrate was damaged on a cargo ship, during rough seas, while in transit from Vancouver to China, between Hawaii and Midway, in the Pacific. Two drum like containers, came loose from what I understand to be a larger shipping container, and have spilled their content into the ship’s hold. The ship, the MCP Altona, was instructed to return to Canada by the Uranium’s producer, Cameco, to…

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Review – NG’s Gulf Oil Spill

November 28, 2010

Violently burning for 36 hours, explosions, missing workers, environmental catastrophe around the corner, SMIT salvage is working against the clock the minute they get the call for this salvage. I had been anxiously waiting to get my hands on the National Geographic’s latest focus on disasters at sea, Gulf Oil Spill. The show is about the Deepwater Horizon drill rig, and this is a review of that show. I suspect…

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“Cost cutting” and other great corporate ideas

November 25, 2010

I am back at work and dealing with the adjustment phase, setting the agenda for the month. Of course thats why I don’t end up having too much spare time writing new entries during this transition phase, but here it is. Another little random comment. I was in my bunk last night, watching a couple of interesting programs on the recent disastrous, BP led project in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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Splendid holiday comes to an abrupt end

November 9, 2010

MV Carnival Splendor has suffered and engine room fire and was adrift off the Baja coast in Northwest Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean. The fire was detected in the aft engine room of the 113,323 gt ship around 6 am, and confirm put out at about 9 am local time. Ship’s engineers have been able to restore some basic hotel services, but overall the ship is reportedly “dead in the…

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Comes in threes…

September 3, 2010

On the national news tonight, another grounded ship in the Canadian arctic… Uh oh, three in a month. The media is all over it, and apparently, so is the Canadian Coast Guard. The first grounding was Coastal Shipping’s Mokami, near Pangnirtung (off the eastern coast of Baffin Island), then Clipper Adventurer, a pocket cruise ship in the “middle of the Northwest Passage“. On Wednesday, it was Coastal Shipping’s Nanny which…

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