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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Ship building in Canada

January 3, 2008

What are we waiting for Peter Cairns, PresidentShipbuilding Association of CanadaJune 4, 2007 In an industry known for its boom and bust cycles, the forecast for Canadian newbuilding requirements over the next 15 years should be signalling the start of another boom cycle in the shipbuilding industry. Shipyard executives are generally upbeat as their yards are starting to fill up with newbuilding and repair work.Kiewit Offshore Services in Marystown, Nfld.,…

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My TEU is bigger than yours

OK so some of you might be wondering why is there so much dated news here…. Well I am a sailor so it is a matter of custom to have “latest news” being dated about a year after it happened. Lately I have had some time to go through it, the results are these little posts. This little gem below, from June 2006, from Canadian Sailings, Tom Peters writes a…

January 2, 2008
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Third man out

January 2, 2008

Transport Canada has changed the way voyages are classed. Minor Water Class 4 voyages were meant to have disappeared under the new CSA and so would many towboats operating with only two crew. This policy seems to be a classic “east of the rockies” decision, taken with little input from other stakeholder such as the west coast tug boat industry. For the time being, things will remains as they are….

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World’s largest container line in trouble

December 31, 2007

Maersk boss says carrier risks losing top spotJanet Porter, 27 December 2007 Lloyds List TROUBLED Maersk Line will be toppled from its number one spot without a dramatic improvement in customer service, much lower overheads and a far more careful selection of cargo. That is the blunt message from chief executive Eivind Kolding as he prepares the next stage of Maersk’s recovery program, to be unveiled next month. Mr Kolding’s…

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Italian yard, busy as ever…

November 29, 2007

Is it just me or is Carnival going to have to come up with an original ship design sometime soon, they seem to use the same design for all of their brands – from Cunard to Costa. I’m sure it increase shareholder value, which is what the company is all about, but I think they will never win any awards for their “ruler and hatchet” designs. MartinCosta places $1bn cruiseship…

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