Valdez Re-incarnation

August 24, 2008

The infamous Exxon Valdez was sold in February 2008 for $32 million, according to reports. Exxon issued no news on the matter, but the Anchorage Daily News reports that the new owners are Bloom Shipping (probably Ever Bloom Shipping) of Hong Kong. They are reportedly going to convert her to an ore carrier and plan to call the ship “Dong Fang Ocean”. In early 1989, Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh…


“Web Port” for international seafarers

August 22, 2008

I came across this little gem of a website the other day. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has a long tradition of benefiting the international seafarers, especially those of impoverished nations. They have put their heads together and designed a cool new web site, with a focus on use by seafarers themselves. I encourage you to check the many feature such as maritime news, ship searches, port guide, forum…


The Allure of an Oasis of the seas

August 19, 2008

Royal Caribbean has named its two new Genesis class ships, or ULPS (Ultra Large Passenger Ship as I will call them), currently under construction at Aker Finnyards‘ Turku shipyard in Finland. The first ship, Oasis of the Seas, is due in Sept 2009 and will trade in the US starting December 12, 2009. It will service the Caribbean cruise market with one week in the Eastern Caribbean, the other week…


Rank my port !

August 12, 2008

Ever wonder what port is the busiest in the world. Well, wonder no more. Cargo System‘s website has an interactive world map listing the 100 busiest ports in the world, with a ranking and a quick overview of that particular port’s activities, and statistics. Pretty neat. The Port of Vancouver, and the Port of Montreal in Canada, for example, rank 45th and 76th respectively – the only Canadian ports to…


Qatar’s big gasser

August 10, 2008

World’s largest LNG carrier ready for its debutQatar Gas’ first Q-Max vessel is part of wider contract with Samsung HeavyMike Grinter, 8 July 2008 Lloyds List QATAR Gas’ first Q-Max liquefied natural gas vessel, Mozah, was waiting alongside at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje Island yesterday in anticipation of its naming on July 11. With a capacity of 266,000 cu m, an overall length of 345 m, breadth of…


Eurotrip without Club VanderSexx

July 4, 2008

I wrote this email to my friends and family while on my latest contract at sea. I edited a little but I hope you enjoy the insight as I reproduce it here. – Martin I am pretty much half way between Europe and North America in the North Atlantic as I write this. I was sleeping but the weather has deteriorated, making sleep somewhat impossible. I flew to Amsterdam about…


Two for me, one for me

From my travels I have observed an imbalance in the UK system of licensing and wages, I have not experienced it myself (at least in the negative sense) but I am aware it exist. The article below brings it out in the open. For some in other parts of the world, this system of varying pay for varying locations of home smells of discrimination. Perhaps it the norm from the…

June 29, 2008

Is that a TEU in your pocket?

May 14, 2008

Cosco orders eight more boxship behemothsNacks to benefit from bulk-box deal worth $2bnJanet Porter, 12 May 2008 Lloyds List THE containership newbuilding market has burst back into life with a massive $1.3bn order from Cosco Container Lines for eight 13,350 teu vessels. The Chinese line, which already has eight 13,100 teu vessels in the pipeline through a long-term charter agreement with Seaspan, confirmed the new order late Friday after setting…