Shrimp trawler nets two, with cold feet

December 9, 2008

I glanced the news the other day; “plane makes mayday call, over water, near Baffin Island on Canada’s arctic coast, search under way”. My first reaction was that this was not going to be a happy ending, if even luck proved that there was indeed an ending to be found. Well I am very happy to be wrong! The two managed to land the plane they were flying, on an…

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Cap Blanc sinks

December 3, 2008

The french registered general cargo ship, Cap Blanc, has sunk while off the coast of Newfoundland, near Marystown, on its way to deliver road salt to the French islands of Saint-Pierre & Miquelon. Four mariners from the vessel remain missing, and a search and rescue operation led by the CCGS George R Pearkes is underway. You can read about the developments here from CTV and here from the CBC. IMO…

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Solidarity needed

December 1, 2008

The tanker Hebei Spirit was holed while at anchor in South Korean, by a wayward crane barge in strong winds. The accident resulted in the tanker spilling crude oil, a third the size of the Exxon Valdez, which contaminated the Korean coastline. The two senior deck officers on the VLCC at the time, Capt and Chief Mate, remain in Korea unable to go free, despite several inquiries clearing them of…

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Deep dredging

November 25, 2008

Found this in the morning news, the article below is from CTV news. The company has no news releases posted online, but it seems that east coast conglomerate, JD Irving, has lost a dredge barge, spilling some diesel fuel. Well its a good thing this did not happen in BC, because the environmentalist would have a brick. They are still worked up about the fuel truck on a barge, that…

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Silence over ruled in Supreme Court

November 8, 2008

The queen of the north accident has now firmly entered into the legal brawl stage. One of the first shots from the court rooms, from the Supreme Court of BC no less, comes in the form of support for a labour relations ruling, on whether or not the crew had the right to remain silent, on the events surrounding the grounding on Gill Island, and subsequent sinking, of the passenger…

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Fire guts ex-CG ship

October 12, 2008

Of course after I origianlly posted this, I attended a meeting with a member of Enviromental Respose, Canadian Coast Guard and he assures me that they are empowered to deal with these vessels and levy fines against the owners.I am more then relieved to find out that I was incorrect in my statements.And, the Ex-Tupper sits down there, very forlonly, there is not a window left in the superstructure. This…

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Fedra crew rescued

Courtesy of Lloyds List. There are a couple of spectacular shots of the ship aground at: http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery//showphoto.php?photo=141540http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery//showphoto.php?photo=141541http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=745680 As well Youtube has several videos uploaded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG-6Z-1GuuA&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG-6Z-1GuuA&feature=related Fedra: broke in two off Europa Point in GibraltarBy Brian Reyes in Gibraltar – Saturday 11 October 2008 THE crew of a cargo ship that ran aground in Gibraltar was plucked to safety in a perilous nighttime rescue by Gibraltarian and Spanish emergency services last…

October 12, 2008
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Aluminum on the rocks

October 10, 2008

Fednav’s Federal Kivalina, which is registered in Hong Kong, and is managed by Anglo Eastern Ship Management has run aground. The 200m bulker, with a pilot on board, ran hard aground on passage in Norway, near Årsundøya off Kristiansund on the morning of October 6th, and remains there for the time being. Salvage of the 36,578 dwt ship has begun, with Norwegian salvage group Taubåtkompaniet in charge of the work….

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