Ares’ end in Brownsville

May 11, 2008

When you think of ship breaking, you usually think of Alang in India, or Bangladesh, but I came across this neat article the other day which made me learn something new. Read on… Shipbreakers paying for shot at government shipsBy CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer, May 11, 2008 BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The air tastes like pennies at this gritty port at the southern tip of Texas, where ships’ final voyages…

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Life on a container ship

May 8, 2008

In april 2008, Lloyd’s List ran these great, insightful, pieces by Richard Meade, on life at sea as he experienced it, riding along with a ship’s crew. I don’t have all the parts, I think there is four or five, but the following three, I really enjoyed reading. The first is about his “signing on” the CGM CMA container ship Puget. The second part is about the various crew members,…

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“Fun Ship Freddy” sheds a tear

May 2, 2008

The 8,912 dwt, 1956 UK-built passenger ship “The Topaz ” was sold last week to Indian shibreakers at $670 per ldt, with delivery at Singapore. “The Topaz” was built as Canadian Pacific’s “Empress of Britain”, in 1975, when I was barely three years old, the ship was bought by cruise company upstart, Carnival Cruise Line. Back then they called her Carnivale, with that familiar namesake becoming synonym with the company’s…

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Whats red and white, and glows in the dark

April 15, 2008

Answer – A Russian Arktika Class Icebreaker working in the Arctic. Mike Hood, of Lloyds List writes the interesting article, below, on the latest nuclear powered Arktika Class Russian icebreaker, operated by experienced Arctic ice navigators, Murmansk Shipping Company. Check out the videos of sea trials, (on the right) from YouTube, of this impressive ship. Specifications of 50 Let Pobedy (English – 50th anniversary of Victory)Builder: Baltic Works, Leningrad, USSR/Saint…

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Turkey in Wonder of the Sky

April 11, 2008

Ex P&O’s Pacific Sky, now Sky Wonder and owed by Royal Caribbean International`s Spanish cruise unit, Pullmantur, has run aground in Turkey. Seems they were buffeted by strong winds on March 26, 2008 were hard aground; later re-floated on the 29th. You can read more about this incident on Ship Happenz blog. In the mean time here is a brief news story on it. Passengers of cruise liner “Sky Wonder”…

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Behold, the son of Posedion

March 11, 2008

A few months back, this strange looking craft made the news just about everywhere, because of its radical design and the secrecy surrounding it. Well fear not; the veil of mystery, well most of the big stuff anyways, has lifted and we now know the name and purpose of this peculiar craft. Its called Proteus and you can visit the creators website for more details. From the website we find…

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Safety’s fine, when you got the time…

March 4, 2008

I am not sure exactly who sent me the email, but it wasn’t from anyone with a maritime background. It was one of those forward thingies. It had been around and forwarded quite a few times, thats for sure. It went something like, “the reason why get such cheap goods from China, is that they don’t care for health and safety laws there.” Which I believe holds some truth; anywhere…

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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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