The hammer drops (on Canadian cabotage)

July 25, 2012

McCleary’s Spirit, loaded, in Quebec My gut is big, and not necessarily pretty, but its usually accurate when it comes to intuition. I felt that any day now we would have work for our ship, a product tanker, or something drastic would happen. Well, as it turns out, the latter happened. If you follow this blog, you’ll recalled that the ship I sail on was recently been laid up in…


Back to the future !

January 27, 2010

Hello, hello and welcome to 2010 ! Its nearly the end of the year’s first month, so I will extend my apologies to my loyal blog followers for the desperately late first entry of the year. I spent pretty much all of December at work, which, apart from the normal separation from family anxiety, included much work related headaches. Upon my return home in the first week of January, normal…


Dredging cabotage issues in Quebec

October 13, 2009

The 1180 gt MV Port Mechins dredge (pictured right), operated by Dragage Verrault of Quebec, dredging the St Lawrence under contract to the federal government for the last 30 years, has had its seaworthiness questioned by Transport Canada (TC). According to a recent article appearing on the Seafarer’s International Union (SIU) Canadian newsletter, TC refusal to extend the Seaworthiness certificate to the aging vessel, built in 1949 (yes, 1949), has…


GOM out of bounds for Aliens

Here’s an interesting article that is highlighting a proposed change in the US, that is sure to impact the offshore oil industry considerably. I am not sure the source of this article, but I suspect its an advertorial for Faststream. Anyways, interesting read. I wonder what the backlash from this will be, not that the US cares, but perhaps there will be a strenghtening of cabotage rules in other offshore…

September 15, 2009