Gonna need one hell of a coat rack…

March 4, 2008

I had a good chuckle when I saw this article the other day… Ocean Ranger Cruise Ship Bill Introduced In CaliforniaEnvironment News Service, February 24, 2008 Sacramento, CA — Every cruise ship transiting California waters would carry an Ocean Ranger aboard to oversee wastewater discharge practices and the maintenance and operation of pollution control equipment if a bill introduced in the state Senate Friday becomes law. Senator Joe Simitian, a…

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Own a piece of infamy

February 15, 2008

An interesting article by John Lichfield, of www.independent.co.uk, came across my desk the other day. Its about the ex Iraqi yacht Ocean Breeze, and the “new” owners trying to sell her. I have seen many documentaries on the many effects of this war in Iraq, most highlighting the incompetence and greed (to name a few of the lowest human qualities exhibited) of the many people involved in this debacle. The…

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Between a rock and a hard place… is the ocean

February 8, 2008

Mark Wilson, of Canadian Sailings, introduces us to a booming trade in aggregate from British Columbia, made possible by ocean shipping. The article is a bit dated – the Orca project outside of Port McNeil is up and running; pictured to the right – but otherwise a fine insight on the recent developments of aggregate industry in BC. You can also visit the BC Government’s website to read a summary…

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Impacts of fuel prices and requirements

Heres an interesting article on fuel and its future impacts on maritime shipping.—————- Marine fuel prices soar after industry hits turning pointBy Rudolph Kassinger, 18 January 2008 Lloyds List HISTORIANS in the years ahead will note that 2007 marked a turning point in marine fuels. The full impact of more stringent environmental controls cannot be predicted now, but they are likely to be profound. Last year fuel prices and their…

February 7, 2008
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Lots of new cruisers out there

February 7, 2008

With the US market maturing, its amazing to see so many new builds being delivered this year. The trend seems to expand into untapped markets. Royal Caribbean is “home porting” ships all over the globe. The Vision is going in South America, Rhapsody in Asia, and a whack in Europe, including a Freedom class boat in the UK. I am theorizing them building a non US income stream to pay…

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They are seafarers, just throw them in jail

February 7, 2008

Seafarer criminalisation ‘threatens safety’4 February 2008 Lloyds List THE threat posed by the criminalisation of seafarers has continued to increase in the past year despite efforts to work with authorities to tackle the issues. The wide-ranging investigations launched after the containership Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge last November, some of which were reported to carry criminal law implications for the ship’s crew and pilot, have been cited…

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Bangladesh in the maritime world

January 11, 2008

This neat article on Bangladesh and its maritime aspirations and achievements came across my desktop recently; I thought it quite insightful. I like the comment that marine engineers are regarded as equivalent to senior officials in government and in the private sector. Most modern countries see engineering officers as no more than a plumber or electrician. Interesting to read overall. Water World James Brewer, 5 December 2007 Lloyds List FEW…

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Book about a box

November 29, 2007

An interesting book, a stocking stuffer perhaps… On the road and inside the box Janet Porter, October 2007 Lloyds List WHAT an exotic life the humble container enjoys. Yes, that’s right, that oblong metal box that to many represents the least glamorous side of shipping. Boxships, their decks piled high with anonymous containers full of everyday consumer goods and confined to scheduled services, have never captured the public’s imagination in…

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