Ship’s cook, victim of homicide onboard

September 25, 2012

Francois Hebert, Chief Cook, MV Umiavut, RIP The death of Francois Hebert, Quebec City based Chief Cook on board the Canadian flagged cargo ship MV Umiavut, has been ruled a homicide by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He is reported to have died on Saturday, Sept 15th, but was discovered in his cabin, at around 9am the following morning, when he did not report for work. At the time,…

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Arctic jostling

September 18, 2012

Arctic ice cap 2012, source Scientist are announcing a record low level of ice coverage in the arctic during this past summer. Words like “staggering“, “collapse” “record minimum” are being used to explain the extensive loss of sea ice in the arctic region. The arctic polar ice cap is important to regulate the planet’s temperature, significant ice loss delivers proof that the planet is indeed much warmer than it used…

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The World in Nanaimo

July 23, 2012

Resident Sea’s MS The World was on a layover in the Port of Nanaimo, BC a few days ago. The World is a cruise ship style “private yacht”, where the passengers are actually owners of the cabins and apartments on-board – similar to a condominium, but at sea. The World is no stranger to BC, having stopped numerous times over the years, on its many around the world cruises. What…

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2012 part 2- From sea to sea to sea

February 3, 2012

Continue from 2012 part 1 of 3- Got Skills? Although trade numbers were generally up around the ports and seaways in 2011, there is a generalized unease about life across Canada, and in particular around the world. We are seeing lots of “established” ideas turn on their heads. This will continue to put strain on our “mental” comfort levels, but the marine industry I think, will continue a sure footed…

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2012 part 1 – Got Skills?

February 1, 2012

I get the feeling that the Marine industry is, has been, under the constant strain of “noise”, “heat” and “pressure”. Its kind of comforting for us engineer aboard, since this is our career, our kind of environment. We thrive in these conditions, and we are well position to weather the continuous “economic lows” on the prognosticator’s radar screens. Well figuratively speaking anyways. As I have done for a couple of…

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No need for war… cuz “we own it”

September 27, 2010

I am back at work on board, finally getting caught up on the outstanding stuff and getting my bearings; next on my list, catch up on the website! Well, I should have some time now, since the temperature outside has taken a dive. Speaking of low temperature, I am once again posting about arctic issues, three in a month. I came across this interview given by Arthur Chilingarov, a decorated…

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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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Coasties on the move

August 14, 2009

Usually I don’t write much about the US Coast Guard, but lately they have been releasing press releases with some interesting tidbits. As a matter of fact I must say, I caved in since I usually don’t give much exposure to military matters, as they get plenty of exposure elsewhere. They have a very well refined PR machine, with blogs twitter feeds and lots of exposure, so its hard not…

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