Seafarer Factory

July 21, 2012

From World Maritime The “Barista” over at the Marine Cafe blog has an interesting blog post, highlighting some observations of the “seafarer factory” known as the Philippines. Check it out. Some of the comments are insightful as well. The Filipino seafaring community was rocked by the European Union questioning the quality and intensity of maritime training in the Philippines. The European Union’s EMSA has threatened to remove acceptance of STCW…

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Costa Concordia preliminary report (no joke this time)

June 23, 2012

Point your browser here, to find the preliminary findings presentation, from the Italian government’s investigation into the grounding, and partial sinking of the Costa Concordia, earlier this year. This brief was given at the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meeting which occurred in late May 2012. You can find a press release of the meeting here, where they highlight several safety recommendations for passenger ships. Overall the presentation by Italy’s…

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How to make money on hazardous waste

May 27, 2012

A fantastic story below from China, of all places, on a topic that affects us all seagoing engineers at one time or another, most of the time we don’t realize until its too late. I thinks its the big dirty secret of the bunker industry, and well worth noting, especially for those dealing with fuel oil on a regular basis, as far as our health is concerned. This reminds me…

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Piracy in graphics

May 11, 2012

Courtesy www.travelinsurance.org Piracy is out of sight out of mind for most people, but it remains a major problem to worldwide trade and a very specific and real trauma for seafarers and shipowners. The fine folks at Travelinsurance.org have put together a couple of infographics, visually summarizing the scope of the problem. Check them out. They are large files, so be patient in downloading. For more information on Piracy you…

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Running to sea

March 13, 2012

Greece’s finance minister The Eurozone debt crisis continues to rage on with no real end in sight. Wholesale disposal of a raft of people’s way of life, by god know’s what, but it sure does not seem to be for the greater good of the general population, that’s for sure. I see it as wholesale theft of a country by some “good with numbers” predatory leeches, who have no moral…

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Mona Lisa’s smirk

February 29, 2012

I came across a program spearheaded by the Swedes, being co-funded by the European Union, which may raise some eyebrows with our Deck Officer friends. The program is called Mona Lisa, and it involves directing ship traffic in the Baltic much like air traffic is controlled. Meaning very tightly. Below is a video that explains the project. There is some interesting features of the idea in there, that made my…

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New regs take effect

February 16, 2012

I was just thumbing through the new IMO news magazine, noticing some upcoming changes in taking affect after recent ratification, that may affect you at work. One is the new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) coming into force, under amendments of Marpol. The new regulations affect… “…emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from ships will be subject to more stringent controls than the limits…

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Slipping into lifeboats

January 23, 2012

One day into my wife and I’s first vacation in 8 years, and some foolish act results in one of the latest, and largest passenger ships to partially sinks. Having work on cruise ships for four years and like most professionals mariners, I was captivated and stunned. How could have this happened? Needless to say my wife was probably a little annoyed for my thirst of consuming what little news…

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