Oceanex takes delivery of Connaigra

September 28, 2013

Oceanex Conaigra leaving its German builders Today, Canada’s newest Canadian flagged cargo ship left its builders at Flensburger, in Germany, bound for Newfoundland and an excited crowd. The Oceanex Connaigra is owned and operated by St John’s based Oceanex. Oceanex operates the Oceanex Avalon, Cabot, Oceanex Sanderling and the Connaigra will join its fleetmates of RO/LOs serving the drop trailer, container service to Newfoundland and Labrador. Lori Caines, Spokesperson for…

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Anatomy of a salvage

September 21, 2012

MSC Flaminia is now back in Germany after a major fire in it’s cargo hold. This incident claimed the lives of two sailors, and lead to the crew abandoning the ship in the middle of Atlantic Ocean. They were rescued by another ship, and the ship was salvaged, and as now been towed back to Germany. Now the cargo salvage is to be carried out. You can read an excellent…

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News “deja vu”

May 22, 2012

Sorel Tracy on the St Lawrence We finally made it down to our anchorage off of Sorel-Tracy, just east of Montreal. Unfortunately, we did not have internet access, much to my chagrin. I resorted to going on small boat rides, frequently pestering the locals, to get my connected fix for the day. As it turns out, the only coffee shop in town closes at 5 pm, a serious criminal offence…

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Marky Mark in a box

February 5, 2012

Went to see Contraband last night. Even with the possibility that my wife would feed me to the fishes, for the thought of spending one night with Mr. MM, I think he’s done some good work, in the past… but Contraband is not some of his good work. 50% of the movie Contraband occurs on a container ship – yup, a real life big cargo ship, painted with a MSQ…

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Cheap on the bottom line, expensive in lives

November 8, 2011

Beware of cheap, and too good to be true replacement parts and servicing. Yet again, it appears counterfeit material has made their way into the shipping industry, this time in the refrigerant used during servicing of shipping containers in Vietnam. The refrigerant reacted in the system making it combust spontaneously in the presence of air. This type of story is nothing new to those aboard, but is has been slowly…

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Another day another MSC ship aground

October 14, 2011

MSC is, once again, at the centre of a maritime accident, this time the the ship is the MV Rena, off the coast of New Zealand; I am sure you are aware of it by now, its still an interesting story. The ship is officially owned by Daina Shipping of Greece, part of Costamare. According to the press release… ” The RENA was built in 1990, and has a deadweight…

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Half Ofer Passes

July 12, 2011

Few know the “powers that be” behind shipping, but at the beginning of June, a central person in the world shipping, passed on. Below is an article from Cruise Solutions, giving us an glimpse of a shipping empire monarch. A bit more about the Ofer Brothers, and here’s another news story about his death. Sammy Ofer Dies At 89 Sammy Ofer passed away Friday 3rd June, a member of the…

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E is for “damn, thats big”

April 8, 2011

This is not news anymore, but it is still pretty darn awe inspiring. Maersk placed an order for 10 copies of their new class of ships, the Triple E. The ships are massive cargo movers; with a capacity for 18,000 teu. The biggest cargo ships afloat; bigger ships have been built, namely tankers, but very few are still in service. With twin propulsion plants, they are designed for slow steaming,…

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