“Fiery” hot trend on Carnival cruise ships

February 26, 2013

Carnival Triumph ER fire Sorry about the lack of posts lately, been busy with fathering / home duties… just wrote the comment below as a reply in the forum, but for those of you not following the discussion on the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Triumph fire, and dead ship scenarios over there, it may be of interest to you. These are major casualties as far as far as I am…

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Anatomy of a salvage

September 21, 2012

MSC Flaminia is now back in Germany after a major fire in it’s cargo hold. This incident claimed the lives of two sailors, and lead to the crew abandoning the ship in the middle of Atlantic Ocean. They were rescued by another ship, and the ship was salvaged, and as now been towed back to Germany. Now the cargo salvage is to be carried out. You can read an excellent…

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Arctic jostling

September 18, 2012

Arctic ice cap 2012, source Scientist are announcing a record low level of ice coverage in the arctic during this past summer. Words like “staggering“, “collapse” “record minimum” are being used to explain the extensive loss of sea ice in the arctic region. The arctic polar ice cap is important to regulate the planet’s temperature, significant ice loss delivers proof that the planet is indeed much warmer than it used…

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Dayra Wood Pino, Engineering Cadet, RIP

September 12, 2012

How would you feel, sitting down for dinner in the ship’s mess, and knowing that for nearly three weeks, one of your dead crew mates has been lying in the ship’s cool room, next to the vegetables and foodstuff. Despite this, the vessel carries on calling at ports and handling cargo; business as usual. I suspect you would be pretty shaken up, I know I would be. Believe it or…

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The World in Nanaimo

July 23, 2012

Resident Sea’s MS The World was on a layover in the Port of Nanaimo, BC a few days ago. The World is a cruise ship style “private yacht”, where the passengers are actually owners of the cabins and apartments on-board – similar to a condominium, but at sea. The World is no stranger to BC, having stopped numerous times over the years, on its many around the world cruises. What…

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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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