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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Not running out of steam yet

February 7, 2008

Mitsubishi steams into fight with diesel electricDavid Tinsley, 29 January 2008 Lloyds List JAPANESE engine maker, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has redesigned its steam turbines to provide more efficiency as it fights against diesel electric in the LNG sector, writes David Tinsley. Reliability, easy maintenance and use, along with the possibility of a steam turbine installation to easily use cargo boil-off, ensured that LNG carrier propulsion remained almost entirely a steam…

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They are seafarers, just throw them in jail

February 7, 2008

Seafarer criminalisation ‘threatens safety’4 February 2008 Lloyds List THE threat posed by the criminalisation of seafarers has continued to increase in the past year despite efforts to work with authorities to tackle the issues. The wide-ranging investigations launched after the containership Cosco Busan struck the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge last November, some of which were reported to carry criminal law implications for the ship’s crew and pilot, have been cited…

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So you think protection is good for bussiness?

January 3, 2008

Marine Log Magazine ran this letter to the editor, in their December 2006 issue, which I thought was very insightful. The Jones Act, U.S. shipbuilding and competition I read with interest the letter in your October issue from Mr. Duffelmeyer concerning Jones Act interpretations and saving U.S. jobs in shipbuilding in Philadelphia. I started my career in 1959 with the world’s largest shipbuilder, Bethlehem Steel. Shortly thereafter, I found out…

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