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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Why TC does not comment

January 31, 2011

I was doing some research on another topic when I came across an interesting article from the Tyee, a BC based, shall we say, left leaning, epub. The articles chronicles the interaction of the paper, with Transport Canada, and their (varying) stance on crewing for tugs operating in Vancouver Harbour. The reason this subject has been in the news this past year, is that Alberta “tar sands” crude, and bitumen,…

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A ray of Sun

January 9, 2011

The largest newspaper, west of the Canadian Rockies, has a feature on west coast tugs in today’s Business section. It features an optimistic outlook by the regional operators after several years of hardships – no pun intended. Seaspan is featured in the story, as is the Catherwood, Jones Marine, Smit, Pilots and others. An interesting read overall, but the history side is of course nothing new to those plying these…

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“Cost cutting” and other great corporate ideas

November 25, 2010

I am back at work and dealing with the adjustment phase, setting the agenda for the month. Of course thats why I don’t end up having too much spare time writing new entries during this transition phase, but here it is. Another little random comment. I was in my bunk last night, watching a couple of interesting programs on the recent disastrous, BP led project in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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