2012 part 3 – Big plans

February 6, 2012

Continued from 2012 part 2 – From sea to sea to sea The big news of the 2011 was probably the National Ship Procurement Strategy. The much heralded NSPS is a great step forward, in the fact that the government recognized, after decades of neglect, that they need to build ships; then went on to try to figure out how to do it. A major accomplishment, but at the end…

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2012 part 2- From sea to sea to sea

February 3, 2012

Continue from 2012 part 1 of 3- Got Skills? Although trade numbers were generally up around the ports and seaways in 2011, there is a generalized unease about life across Canada, and in particular around the world. We are seeing lots of “established” ideas turn on their heads. This will continue to put strain on our “mental” comfort levels, but the marine industry I think, will continue a sure footed…

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2012 part 1 – Got Skills?

February 1, 2012

I get the feeling that the Marine industry is, has been, under the constant strain of “noise”, “heat” and “pressure”. Its kind of comforting for us engineer aboard, since this is our career, our kind of environment. We thrive in these conditions, and we are well position to weather the continuous “economic lows” on the prognosticator’s radar screens. Well figuratively speaking anyways. As I have done for a couple of…

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Desgagnes Officers on strike… sort of

December 7, 2011

MV Sarah Desgagnes in Montreal Desgagnes Tanker division is under strike action by it’s shipboard officers, engineers and navigators. Desgagnes is a well known Canadian shipping company, based out of Quebec City. They operate a mix fleet of bulkers, roros, general cargo, heavy lift and tankers in the Eastern Arctic trade, down into the Great Lakes, and all point in between. The tankers division, known as Petronav, and based out…

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Grandiose sense of self-worth

November 18, 2011

Back at work now, got back a few days ago, of course the backlog of problems are nagging at me, so I will keep this post short, “like most” you might thinking to yourself. I have been truly busy; busy home, necessary repairs, short on finances, and the kids constant grovelling – and that’s just on the boat. I’ve been working on a new project these last few months, which…

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Wit = α + βxit + εit.

July 31, 2011

I haven’t read Time magazine for quite a while. They were (are) just getting a little too rag-like, focusing on celebrities and such. But the other day, I came across an excellent piece from their magazine, which certainly summarize my feelings about the world of business, which shipping certainly is now – big business. The piece is called “Driven off the road by M.B.A.s” by author Rana Foroohar, written earlier…

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I knew I should have been a fireman!

July 15, 2011

Just came across some big news… VShips, my current employer, is reportedly being bough by behemoth pension fund OMERS – Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Scheme. The fund with $53 billion under management, representing the pension of 400,000 Ontario employees is said to be spending $500 million to acquire VShips, one of the world’s largest ship managers and ship operations service provider. OMERS is made up of the pension of 931…

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Shaky oversight…

May 19, 2011

If you follow this blog for any length of time, you’ll probably agree that I watch a fair bit of movies. The wife and I watch the other day, Inside Job, in hindsight, not the best movie to watch before leaving to work, all those other pressure are enough strain on the whole affair as it is. The Inside Job is a documentary on the economic meltdown. The authors meticulously…

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