Escape from the Engine Room

February 19, 2014

Just watched Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s latest movie, Escape Plan. Stallone is some expert in maximum security prison – a breakout artist – and he gets to test out the latest “alphabet soup” secret super max prison. I had to laugh at the irony of it all, because as it turns out, the prison is actually a ship, or more correctly, on a ship. What do you think being a seafarer…

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Confusing messages

June 25, 2013

Today, the IMO celebrates the seafarer with a Day of the Seafarer. Seafarers are a crucial part of shipping, which is a crucial part of world trade. Unfortunately, decades of abusing and neglecting seafarers has cast a shadow on the profession, making it a tough career sell. So the IMO is aiming to increase the image of the job. All of which is good really, but from my perspective, would…

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NA ECA: well, maybe

July 29, 2012

“proud to be stuck in 70’s” Transport Canada, last week, declared that they will not be be enforcing the North American Emission Control Area (NA ECA), which stipulated burning a lower sulphur fuel for ships, and which comes into force next week – August 1, 2012. The whole idea of the ECA is to reduce pollution and the impacts it has on human and planetary health. ” Due to significant…

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Slipping into lifeboats

January 23, 2012

One day into my wife and I’s first vacation in 8 years, and some foolish act results in one of the latest, and largest passenger ships to partially sinks. Having work on cruise ships for four years and like most professionals mariners, I was captivated and stunned. How could have this happened? Needless to say my wife was probably a little annoyed for my thirst of consuming what little news…

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Mate still in Jail

November 29, 2011

You might recall a blog entry here, a few months back, and beyond, telling a story about a Ship’s Mate, Philip Halliday. The Digby, Nova Scotia, man was working aboard the Destiny Empress (ex CCGS Parizeau), when the ship was apprehended by the Spanish navy, while at sea in international waters.   Once the ship was searched by authorities, a large quantity of cocaine was found aboard, stashed there by…

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Users and dealers

August 16, 2011

Lately we’ve been seeing quite a few reports of incidents caused by improper switching of fuel when entering Emission Control Areas (ECA), which a new one seems to be popping up just about every week now. Mechanical issues are obviously a problem that will come up more frequently, when you are making these types of far reaching decisions. There is bound to be some equipment and people that are not…

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No holiday in Spain

August 9, 2011

Some of you may have heard of the name, Phil Halliday. If it seems like that name is familiar, but seems from long ago, you are correct, it has been a long time since the name was first mentioned in the media 18 months ago. Phil was a fisherman from Digby, Nova Scotia, who, after a brief voyage to the Caribbean on the retired Coast Guard ship Parizeau, was asked…

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Your thoughts on MarPol

July 26, 2011

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is requesting your kind participation in an environmental survey they are currently conducting. They summarize their objectives with the following… “The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is a 117 year old professional Society based in the northeast US with 9,000 plus members. We are an international Society with active sections who host a number of events designed to stimulate…

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