Rag, Rag, Rag your boat, gently down the stream…

February 27, 2010

I have always had a bit of a strange infatuation with a good quality rag. It always makes life much easier for an engineer, to have a good, absorbing rag. But I am pretty sure that no matter how good the absorbing quality of a rag might be, it don’t think it would be reasonable to expect to repair hull cracks with one. But last week, the UK’s Maritime and…

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A bolt offers lesson

December 29, 2009

On September 8th 1989, Norwegian airline Partnair, lost flight 394 with 55 souls on board, off the coast of Denmark. You may ask how exactly does an “old” air accident affect us in the marine industry. As it turns out, this particular accident had profound affect on the Wilhelmsen Lines, the prominent Norwegian shipping company. That fateful flight, had been chartered by the shipping company to attend the launching of…

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$2 million bolts

March 8, 2009

The lynx is gone, but the legal wranglings continue. The Nanaimo Harbour Lynx faced a critical blow to their cash flow when it blew the starboard engine, just a little under two years ago. The company that ran it, investors from Victoria, went into bankruptcy and ceased to operate shortly after. The boat was subsequently repaired and purchased by a third party, who tried to make a go of it,…

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New ships are fine, need new attitude

January 10, 2009

No less than 41 engineering position are advertised on BC Ferries corporate website. In comparison, there is ten deck and four catering position similarly advertised. Obviously there is a major problem with the way the organization is approaching this dilemma. Regardless of what corporate says or the union does, their seems to be a glaring message sent from the engineering department of the corp. This major hurdle may be whats…

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Lookin for a beatin’

November 14, 2008

I had to laugh when I read the article below from Lloyd’s List, a couple of days ago. Well, actually first I laugh, then I though to myself, “what an a@@&ole!” Give me a break! There is allot of stupid things going on in the world, lending money to people who cannot afford to pay you back, so they can buy over valued houses, is probably one example, in a…

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Safety’s fine, when you got the time…

March 4, 2008

I am not sure exactly who sent me the email, but it wasn’t from anyone with a maritime background. It was one of those forward thingies. It had been around and forwarded quite a few times, thats for sure. It went something like, “the reason why get such cheap goods from China, is that they don’t care for health and safety laws there.” Which I believe holds some truth; anywhere…

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Offloading regulatory responsibilities

December 15, 2007

Below. An interesting article on an accident in Australia highlighting the “self regulation” pitfalls. It seems people want to make money, but no one wants to get dirty, so they offload the responsibilities onto others. – Martin ‘Hands-off’ safety board blamedFrom Fairplay 14 December 2007 BRISBANE 14 December – A board of Inquiry report into the Wunma incident, in which an Australian ore carrier was abandoned in Cyclone Nelson, has…

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Death benefits paid out of “Petty Cash” box

$300 for dead seafarers’ families05 Nov 2007, Safety at Sea International KUALA LUMPUR 05 November – Malaysia has introduced, on compassionate grounds, a so-called death benevolent fund of RM$1,000 ($298) for the estates of dead seafarers. Datuk Captain Ahmad Osman, chairman of the country’s Marine Department confirmed the ‘one-off’ payout to Fairplay, though when asked if the Marine Department would seek raising payouts during times of inflation he said “not…

November 25, 2007
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