Good thing it was in Canada

July 27, 2010

Last week, BC Ferries proposed to settled a class action lawsuit, brought on by 40 survivors of the Queen of the North sinking. In a recent blog entry on the Staten Island Ferry, I made a comment that about $54 million dollars was paid out in claims, by the owners, as a result of that terrible accident, which took 11 lives. Taking a very non scientific formula of 1500 people…

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CSL makes SLSC’s history book

July 14, 2010

I got a few emails yesterday, alerting me to a ship grounding in the St Lawrence Seaway. Having been home for some time, I haven’t posted much apart from that big update on the main site. I guess they were justified, in drawing my attention to the grounding of CSL’s Richelieu, from the warm weather and kids activities, that I have been engrossed in, these last few weeks off the…

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Sicily get’s kicked

June 19, 2010

Some habits dies hard. Take for instance, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.’s (MSC) adventures on the St Lawrence river. As I type this, the MSC Sicily is proceeding to Montreal under close escort of Ocean Groupe’s Montreal based tugs, Ocean Intrepide, and Ocean Jupiter. Earlier today, the MSC Sicily suffer some sort of blackout, and loss steering, while under way in the St Lawrence river. The ship went out of the…

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How to screw a pooch

May 4, 2010

Unless you have been hiding under a rock these last two weeks, you are no doubt aware of the terrible accident on the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The rig was owned by Transocean, and under contract to BP (British Petroleum) drilling a well, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. On April 20th, 2010, there was an explosion around 10pm, and the rig burned violently for two days…

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Criminal Negligence charges set sail

March 18, 2010

The RCMP has finally waffled into the Queen of the North accident, they say the mounties always get their man, but it puzzles me why it took so long to lay charges. BC Ferries’ Queen of the North sank on BC’s north coast over four years ago, taking two passengers down with it. Four years later, they decide to charge the officer of the watch, at the time of the…

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Rough seas for cruise ships

March 10, 2010

Two passengers, a German man and an Italian man, are dead, after a so called “freak wave” hit Louis Cruise‘s MV Louis Majesty. News reports are unclear about the exact location – but off the southern coast of France / North East coast of Spain. The two passengers were killed on March 6th, 2010, by shards of glass and debris, resulting from the ship being hit by three large waves,…

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Thalassa in a major oops

February 14, 2010

A small explosion resulted in a fire on the tanker MV Thalassa Desgagnes, while she was in lay up at section 25 of the Port of Montreal, yesterday Saturday February 13th, 2010. Local news report have said that the fire was contained rapidly by 35 fire fighters who responded in eight trucks. The accident is said to have sent one man to hospital with burns to his face and arms…

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Algoma rolls with the punches

February 10, 2010

The Algoma Discovery ran aground due to mechanical reasons, off the coast of Ile d’Orlean, just off Quebec City, on the St Lawrence River, on the evening of Monday, February 8. The vessel was freed the following day (yesterday) helped by high tides. According to Boatnerd.com, the MV Algoma Discovery, ex MV Daviken, is registered in Nassau, Bahamas and is currently under charter to Fednav. The vessel is 222 m…

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