Escape from the Engine Room

February 19, 2014

Just watched Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s latest movie, Escape Plan. Stallone is some expert in maximum security prison – a breakout artist – and he gets to test out the latest “alphabet soup” secret super max prison. I had to laugh at the irony of it all, because as it turns out, the prison is actually a ship, or more correctly, on a ship. What do you think being a seafarer…


The “Borg” ship in the bay of deception

October 28, 2013

Wartsila 8L46, Arneborg Power plant Apologies for the misleading post title goes out to the ST:TNG crowd… cool title though, eh! We are drawing to a close, ship loading operations up here in Deception Bay, on the northernmost tip of the province of Quebec. Wagenborg’s Arneborg is the second ship to load ore, from the new nickel mine operated by Nunavut Nickel and Canadian Royalties. With 6 lifts of bagged…


Enough already

September 28, 2012

Sage Sagittarius from I have been writing this blog for many years and can’t remember this many deaths aboard ship being in the news. I hope it’s because I am paying more attention, I certainly hope it’s not a trend, but it’s worrying. The Australian Federal Police briefly placed a ship under crime scene tape in the Port of Newcastle, after the 55 year old Filipino Chief Engineer was…


CSL makes SLSC’s history book

July 14, 2010

I got a few emails yesterday, alerting me to a ship grounding in the St Lawrence Seaway. Having been home for some time, I haven’t posted much apart from that big update on the main site. I guess they were justified, in drawing my attention to the grounding of CSL’s Richelieu, from the warm weather and kids activities, that I have been engrossed in, these last few weeks off the…


Fedra crew rescued

Courtesy of Lloyds List. There are a couple of spectacular shots of the ship aground at: As well Youtube has several videos uploaded: Fedra: broke in two off Europa Point in GibraltarBy Brian Reyes in Gibraltar – Saturday 11 October 2008 THE crew of a cargo ship that ran aground in Gibraltar was plucked to safety in a perilous nighttime rescue by Gibraltarian and Spanish emergency services last…

October 12, 2008

One big ore… carrier

August 26, 2008

MOL celebrates ore carrier deliveryMike Grinter, 6 August 2008, Lloyds List The Tubarao Maru was built by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding at its Chiba Works facility. At 327,000 dwt vessel, the latest addition to MOL’s dry bulk fleet is similar to its sister vessel, the Brasil Maru, which the company took delivery of in December. Another three vessels are under construction and will be delivered by August next year. The…


Valdez Re-incarnation

August 24, 2008

The infamous Exxon Valdez was sold in February 2008 for $32 million, according to reports. Exxon issued no news on the matter, but the Anchorage Daily News reports that the new owners are Bloom Shipping (probably Ever Bloom Shipping) of Hong Kong. They are reportedly going to convert her to an ore carrier and plan to call the ship “Dong Fang Ocean”. In early 1989, Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh…


Finally some time in port !

September 29, 2007

This monster will take forever to load and unload ! There might actually be time to get ashore. Who knows. Martin _____________ CVRD plans biggest ever ore carrierBy James Brewer, 14 June 2007 Lloyds List COMPANHIA Vale do Rio Doce, the world’s largest iron ore producer, has plans on the drawing board for a 0.5m tonne ore carrier. The Brazilian-based miner is waiting to see how its current giant ship…