Costa Concordia preliminary report (no joke this time)

June 23, 2012

Point your browser here, to find the preliminary findings presentation, from the Italian government’s investigation into the grounding, and partial sinking of the Costa Concordia, earlier this year. This brief was given at the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meeting which occurred in late May 2012. You can find a press release of the meeting here, where they highlight several safety recommendations for passenger ships. Overall the presentation by Italy’s…

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Costa Concordia accident report released

June 7, 2012

Peter Ramsauer from internet Ahahaha, made you look. Sorry, I used the old’ bait and switch trick in my title…. like you really expected that such a thing would make the light of day. Lloyd’s List had an article a few weeks about the Costa Concordia disaster, and how Germany’s Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, is publicly pressuring the Italian government to release the results of their investigation, fully, and…

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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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George Bush is full of shi$%

December 4, 2011

Some days, I have to do allot of mental exercise, coming up with a catchy title to my posts. But hey, this one was probably the easiest I’ve ever had to come up with. Anyways, I came across an interesting article the other day; quite comical really. In my experience working on cruise ships, I estimate we had well over 2000 toilets, and very few problems. But only as long…

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Two killed in engine room fire

September 18, 2011

The MV Nordly drama continues to unfold in Alesund, Norway. The ship was reported rocked by an explosion, which occurred shortly after 9 am on September 15th, 2011, in the engine room of the 11,204 GT cruise ferry ship. The ship is operated by Norway based Hurtigruten (aka Norwegian Coastal Express), but is owned by Bergen based Kirberg Shipping, a company backed by the Odfjell ship-owning family. The fire, described…

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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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Monarch in the news

June 26, 2011

Some years ago a tragic accident occurred on the Monarch of the Seas, a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. At the time, the ship was in Los Angeles on a turn around day, when maintenance being carried out in the engine room, went severely awry. As a result “three crew members, Boris Dimitrov of Bulgaria; Willie Tirol of The Philippines and Radomilja Frane of Croatia, were killed…

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Wilde times with Mary

December 6, 2010

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has a couple of recent safety bulletins that may affect you, in your job as seagoing engineer. The one that caught my eye recently, is a Harmonic Filter failure in the propulsion system of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Harmonic Filters, a bank of capacitors, are generally part of any modern Diesel Electric propulsion system, used to stabilize and “clean” the network. The internal…

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