Too bad he was not hanging on to it…

November 30, 2010

Rick Ehlert is dumb. Drunk or not, one should realize the implications of releasing a ship’s anchor weighing 28,000 lbs, and letting free fall from its pocket. But apparently a drunken Rick did just that over the weekend, on Holland America’s MV Ryndam. The ships was on route from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya when he made his way to the aft mooring deck undetected and released the anchor while…

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Splendid holiday comes to an abrupt end

November 9, 2010

MV Carnival Splendor has suffered and engine room fire and was adrift off the Baja coast in Northwest Mexico, in the Pacific Ocean. The fire was detected in the aft engine room of the 113,323 gt ship around 6 am, and confirm put out at about 9 am local time. Ship’s engineers have been able to restore some basic hotel services, but overall the ship is reportedly “dead in the…

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Another giant hits the waves

October 30, 2010

1,364th ship has been delivered to its owners by STX Europe, from its birthplace in Turku, Finland. 1,364 is better known to the rest of the world as the Allure of the Seas. The new cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International is now in her first full day of transit across the Atlantic to her home port of Port Everglade, in Fort Lauderdale. Allure of the Seas is the sister…

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Epic Fail

April 5, 2010

Is it me or is the new Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Norwegian Epic, ugly? What possessed somebody to think this design would be appealing. I am surprise the French allowed this monstrosity to even come to the drawing board. I have worked on several french built ship, and the mechanics of them were pretty darn good, and the outside was too; what the heck happened with this? I think NCL…

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Rough seas for cruise ships

Two passengers, a German man and an Italian man, are dead, after a so called “freak wave” hit Louis Cruise‘s MV Louis Majesty. News reports are unclear about the exact location – but off the southern coast of France / North East coast of Spain. The two passengers were killed on March 6th, 2010, by shards of glass and debris, resulting from the ship being hit by three large waves,…

March 10, 2010
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Engine Room Hazard # 6186

February 24, 2010

With two in diapers, and one in preschool, my boys take up a majority of my day, so yet again I do apologize for the lack of postings. With winter lay up coming to a close, and the start of the central Canada’s commercial navigation season on the horizon, I hastily enrolled myself in the new, Transport Canada approved, Marine Advance First Aid course, being offered at the nearby Western…

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A fleeting Star

February 5, 2010

Edmonton based travel agent, Newwest, has pulled out of the deal that would have seen Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star, dock near the Lion’s Gate Bridge, in Vancouver, to serve as accomodations during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The Winter Games will take place in and around Vancouver starting in seven days. The last minute decision has thrown a considerable wrench in the travel and accommodation plans of many…

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Check, please…

October 29, 2009

The 28th of October, 2009, was a special day. Not only was it my brother’s birthday, Happy Birthday Bros ! But it was also the day that STX Europe got a very big check from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. That’s right, the line’s newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, also the world’s biggest passenger ship, ever, has been officially delivered to its new owners by the Turku Yard of…

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