Life on a container ship

May 8, 2008

In april 2008, Lloyd’s List ran these great, insightful, pieces by Richard Meade, on life at sea as he experienced it, riding along with a ship’s crew. I don’t have all the parts, I think there is four or five, but the following three, I really enjoyed reading. The first is about his “signing on” the CGM CMA container ship Puget. The second part is about the various crew members,…

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Crew members found dead on ship

I took this off the BBC site.It is bad enough with all the hazards you face going to sea, that chemicals inside containers can also kill.I will definitely be watching for more info on this report. Two crew members have been found dead on board a container ship forced to dock at the Port of Dover in Kent. The Latvian-registered Sava Lake had contacted Dover Coastguard on Friday night to…

January 19, 2008
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My TEU is bigger than yours

OK so some of you might be wondering why is there so much dated news here…. Well I am a sailor so it is a matter of custom to have “latest news” being dated about a year after it happened. Lately I have had some time to go through it, the results are these little posts. This little gem below, from June 2006, from Canadian Sailings, Tom Peters writes a…

January 2, 2008
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A Case of A Little Too Much New Years Eve?

In St. John’s, 2 ships go bump in the nightLast Updated: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:38 AM NTCBC NewsA Canadian Coast Guard vessel was struck in St. John’s Harbour on New Year’s Day when a transport ship bumped into it. The 224-metre container ship Cabot slipped its moorings in the harbour and then drifted into the coast guard vessel. Crews manage to drop an anchor from the Cabot to stop…

January 2, 2008
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World’s largest container line in trouble

December 31, 2007

Maersk boss says carrier risks losing top spotJanet Porter, 27 December 2007 Lloyds List TROUBLED Maersk Line will be toppled from its number one spot without a dramatic improvement in customer service, much lower overheads and a far more careful selection of cargo. That is the blunt message from chief executive Eivind Kolding as he prepares the next stage of Maersk’s recovery program, to be unveiled next month. Mr Kolding’s…

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Book about a box

November 29, 2007

An interesting book, a stocking stuffer perhaps… On the road and inside the box Janet Porter, October 2007 Lloyds List WHAT an exotic life the humble container enjoys. Yes, that’s right, that oblong metal box that to many represents the least glamorous side of shipping. Boxships, their decks piled high with anonymous containers full of everyday consumer goods and confined to scheduled services, have never captured the public’s imagination in…

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