Engine Room Hazard # 6186

February 24, 2010

With two in diapers, and one in preschool, my boys take up a majority of my day, so yet again I do apologize for the lack of postings. With winter lay up coming to a close, and the start of the central Canada’s commercial navigation season on the horizon, I hastily enrolled myself in the new, Transport Canada approved, Marine Advance First Aid course, being offered at the nearby Western…


Swine flu goes to sea

May 28, 2009

The business boon that coastal Western Canada has been enjoying of late, is coming to an end. Since the end of April, major cruise operators, RCCL and Carnival, have diverted several ships from Mexican ports to BC ports amid the H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak, centered in the Mexico City region. Mariner of the Seas, (the bridge pictured to the right) one of the largest passenger vessels in the world, call…


Vancouver’s loss

March 20, 2009

Not so good news for the Vancouver port. Below is a news story from local radio station CKNW. Here is another article from Victoria’s Times Colonist. Although posting higher then expected profits for the year, 10% for the fiscal year, year over year, Carnival and rival, Royal Caribbean, are cutting capacity to Alaska in 2009, citing a challenging market – including the Alaska head tax and plunging bookings. Here’s the…


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…


The Allure of an Oasis of the seas

August 19, 2008

Royal Caribbean has named its two new Genesis class ships, or ULPS (Ultra Large Passenger Ship as I will call them), currently under construction at Aker Finnyards‘ Turku shipyard in Finland. The first ship, Oasis of the Seas, is due in Sept 2009 and will trade in the US starting December 12, 2009. It will service the Caribbean cruise market with one week in the Eastern Caribbean, the other week…


“Fun Ship Freddy” sheds a tear

May 2, 2008

The 8,912 dwt, 1956 UK-built passenger ship “The Topaz ” was sold last week to Indian shibreakers at $670 per ldt, with delivery at Singapore. “The Topaz” was built as Canadian Pacific’s “Empress of Britain”, in 1975, when I was barely three years old, the ship was bought by cruise company upstart, Carnival Cruise Line. Back then they called her Carnivale, with that familiar namesake becoming synonym with the company’s…


Lots of new cruisers out there

February 7, 2008

With the US market maturing, its amazing to see so many new builds being delivered this year. The trend seems to expand into untapped markets. Royal Caribbean is “home porting” ships all over the globe. The Vision is going in South America, Rhapsody in Asia, and a whack in Europe, including a Freedom class boat in the UK. I am theorizing them building a non US income stream to pay…


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…