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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Office party, not for seafarers

December 20, 2011

In the last post, I talked about how misleading the stats were on a recent study of Post Secondary Education, and their earning potentials… this week I was sent this video which exemplifies this even more. The video is not of typical weather condition while working at sea, but this is the reality of the job. Having to put up with that, even before spending one once of your energy,…

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Mate still in Jail

November 29, 2011

You might recall a blog entry here, a few months back, and beyond, telling a story about a Ship’s Mate, Philip Halliday. The Digby, Nova Scotia, man was working aboard the Destiny Empress (ex CCGS Parizeau), when the ship was apprehended by the Spanish navy, while at sea in international waters.   Once the ship was searched by authorities, a large quantity of cocaine was found aboard, stashed there by…

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