Maritime industry sits in the basement

May 7, 2008

Looks like there is allot of activity at the site of the old Versatile Shipyards, bordering the Vancouver Dry dock. Seems the land developers have been salivating at the thought of some prime real estate on the north shore of Vancouver’s inner harbor. The property was last occupied by Versatile Shipyards, where during the second world war, they were a major contributor to the war effort building many ships. The…

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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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Royal Caribbean news

March 4, 2008

Aker Yards denies rumours of delays in Genesis cruise projectsCraig Eason, 19 February 2008 Lloyds List BELEAGUERED Nordic shipbuilder Aker Yards has denied reports that its cruiseship projects are behind schedule, in particular the prestigious and lucrative Genesis vessels whose late delivery would trigger millions of euros in late payment fees, writes Craig Eason. Royal Caribbean Cruises commissioned the two ships, agreeing to a record €900m ($1.32bn) for the first…

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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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Own a piece of infamy

February 15, 2008

An interesting article by John Lichfield, of www.independent.co.uk, came across my desk the other day. Its about the ex Iraqi yacht Ocean Breeze, and the “new” owners trying to sell her. I have seen many documentaries on the many effects of this war in Iraq, most highlighting the incompetence and greed (to name a few of the lowest human qualities exhibited) of the many people involved in this debacle. The…

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Between a rock and a hard place… is the ocean

February 8, 2008

Mark Wilson, of Canadian Sailings, introduces us to a booming trade in aggregate from British Columbia, made possible by ocean shipping. The article is a bit dated – the Orca project outside of Port McNeil is up and running; pictured to the right – but otherwise a fine insight on the recent developments of aggregate industry in BC. You can also visit the BC Government’s website to read a summary…

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Impacts of fuel prices and requirements

Heres an interesting article on fuel and its future impacts on maritime shipping.—————- Marine fuel prices soar after industry hits turning pointBy Rudolph Kassinger, 18 January 2008 Lloyds List HISTORIANS in the years ahead will note that 2007 marked a turning point in marine fuels. The full impact of more stringent environmental controls cannot be predicted now, but they are likely to be profound. Last year fuel prices and their…

February 7, 2008
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Lots of new cruisers out there

February 7, 2008

With the US market maturing, its amazing to see so many new builds being delivered this year. The trend seems to expand into untapped markets. Royal Caribbean is “home porting” ships all over the globe. The Vision is going in South America, Rhapsody in Asia, and a whack in Europe, including a Freedom class boat in the UK. I am theorizing them building a non US income stream to pay…

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