Venture goes belly up

October 21, 2009

Vancouver based North Arm Transportation is no stranger to the hazards and intricacies of the BC coast. They have been moving cargo up and down the province’s coast for countless years and have amassed a lot of experience doing so. Some say experience comes from situations that did not work the way they planned out, such is the case with this summer’s incident involving a loaded equipment barge and the…


TSB Probe

August 21, 2009

This is rather interesting. Here in Canada there is no requirement for stability for fishing vessels. Fishermen, (or the really odd PC name Fisher), can literally make any modification to a vessel and not incline it to see if it is safe. They seem to sail by the seat of their pants, “the boat feels right” The fishers cite high costs of doing a stability study of their boats for…


Rogues at sea

June 18, 2009

A video review of 2002 documentary “Freak Wave” Rogue waves are stuff of legends and seagoing folklore, at least that’s been accepted for in marine engineering and naval architecture circles for years. Reports of incredible damage, disappearance of ships under mysterious circumstance have been gathering quite a bit of media coverage in the last decades. Freak Wave, a 2002 documentary style show, co produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel,…


Don’t think mooring lines are dangerous…

March 11, 2009

Here is the brand new MSC Fantasia, in Palma de Mallorca Spain, when the bollards failed due to high wind load on the ship and mooring lines, sending them flying. What a fascinating sight to see. A passenger was thrown in the water and four dedicated crew jump in after him. Good on them. MSC Fantasia crew rewarded for braveryTuesday, 10 Mar 2009 11:05, Travel bites Four crew members who…


Now We Know What A Life Is Worth!!

It is over 12k at least!Edited to add:I was to say the least, skeptical about the 12k number that was used, for the costs of doing a stability test on a fishing vessel. It seemed rather outrageous, so being curious and having the contacts, I called a friend at a local naval architecture company and asked.Yes indeed, I was told, 12k would be about the price, in fact it was…

March 3, 2009

Fire Onboard MV Atlantic Vision

December 29, 2008

MV Atlantic Vision is a fast ro-pax ferry owned by the Estonian ferry company Tallink, under charter to Marine Atlantic. She was delivered to Marine Atlantic in November 2008, but will begin her route in March 2009. The ship was built in 2002 as MS Superfast IX by HDW, Kiel, Germany for Attica Group’s subsidiary Superfast Ferries.(From Wikpedia) ——————————————– Marine Atlantic is investigating the cause of a fire that broke…


SAR Report on the L’Acadien ll Sinking

December 22, 2008

A very damming report on where the Coast Guard has found itself 13 years after DFO merger. Communications, equipment problems beset rescue operation in capsizing — reportBy ALISON AULD The Canadian Press, 2008-12-21 Search and rescue operations during the fatal capsizing of a sealing boat last March were beset by communications problems and equipment failures, says a report into the incident off Nova Scotia. The Search and Rescue Operation Report…


Black out – on purpose

December 11, 2008

Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – has suspended access to the main website, and The Common Rail forum area, from December 10th to December 13th, 2008, to show support for the two merchant marine officers of the VLCC Hebei Spirit. On December 10th, 2008, the Captain and Chief Officer of the tanker Hebei Spirit, were ordered jailed by the government of Korea. A large crane barge, operated by Samsung (Korea’s…