A bit of BC on the Queen

October 13, 2008

BCIT’s first Marine Engineering student heads to New York to complete program aboard RMS Queen Mary 2 BURNABY, BC: For the first time ever, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Marine Engineering student Matthew Thomas will head to New York where he is scheduled to board Cunard Line’s world-renowned ocean-liner, RMS Queen Mary 2. As part of his third co-op work term at the BCIT Marine Campus (BMC), Matthew will…

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Aluminum on the rocks

October 10, 2008

Fednav’s Federal Kivalina, which is registered in Hong Kong, and is managed by Anglo Eastern Ship Management has run aground. The 200m bulker, with a pilot on board, ran hard aground on passage in Norway, near Årsundøya off Kristiansund on the morning of October 6th, and remains there for the time being. Salvage of the 36,578 dwt ship has begun, with Norwegian salvage group Taubåtkompaniet in charge of the work….

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Fire and Ice

September 23, 2008

As mentioned here, in an earlier post, the US Coast Guard has sent an non ice-reinforced patrol vessel into the Arctic. The 378 foot USCGC Hamilton, Hamilton Class ship commissioned in March 1967 – yes that is almost 42 years old – is based in San Diego and shines in the USCG as a serious drug interceptor. The article below discusses the beginnings of the “Hambones” voyage north of the…

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Canada Marine Day

September 2, 2008

MP champions Canada Marine DayAlex Binkley, Canadian Sailings, July 14, 2008A Conservative MP is trying to make Canada Marine Day a nationally recognized annual event every May 26. Mike Wallace, from Burlington, Ont. (pictured), has introduced a private member’s bill in Parliament to recognize the importance of marine transportation to the prosperity of Canada. The marine industry has played a vital role in the development and growth of Canada, said…

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Seaspan crew in crash – update

August 14, 2008

This post is a follow up on the airplane crash that occurred two weeks ago on Vancouver Island, claiming the life of 5 people, 4 of them, employees of Seaspan, a large marine services company based in Vancouver BC. The following men were involved in the accident… Terry Axton, 51, of Maple Ridge. He was a loader, employed with Seaspan for 30 years. He leaves a partner and two children…

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Mighty cool show

August 14, 2008

I just finished catching the second half of Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ship. If you are in North America, I am pretty sure you can catch this new series on your local cable TV signal. In Canada its on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, 21:00 hrs – which I believe repeats every four hours after, for the duration of the day. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the show and…

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4 Seaspan crew perish in airplane crash

August 4, 2008

Some very sad news tonight, as I have just logged on to read of this tragedy. I just saw the Seaspan King the other day in Howe Sound. They tow a log barge and most likely the men that perished were the “loaders”. They usually fly in to join the vessel and operate the cranes that load logs onto the barge, once the tug gets to the load site. Once…

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Eurotrip without Club VanderSexx

July 4, 2008

I wrote this email to my friends and family while on my latest contract at sea. I edited a little but I hope you enjoy the insight as I reproduce it here. – Martin I am pretty much half way between Europe and North America in the North Atlantic as I write this. I was sleeping but the weather has deteriorated, making sleep somewhat impossible. I flew to Amsterdam about…

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