Is the neighbor’s green grass lacking morality?

March 28, 2016

Some time ago, I received an interesting email, using the term “morality”, or the lack thereof, in describing the offshore oil and gas industry. Morality is not often used in shipping, but maybe it ought to. I thought it was in interesting wording by a young professional, and in itself provided some insight in our maritime industry in general and its future. Here are parts of his emails, and my…

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The Monitor gets an extensive refit

Screenshot of The Monitor, Oct 2015
March 6, 2016

It may have seen like I abandon the blog portion of my website, as it was neglected for the past year, the reasons are numerous – family demands, health concerns, tough work environment, but probably a fair bit of burn out was involved. The blog area – The Monitor, online since late 2005, explores the business of being a seafarer. In Feb 2016 there was over 600 blog entries made,…

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So, how was your holiday season?

January 15, 2015

…from interwebs I’m still alive! You wouldn’t know it by the posts on this site but I am. Last year was just super busy personally and professionally, which left me little time to dedicate to the blog. Generally, each original post usually takes about 5-6 hrs to produce, believe it or not, which has been a challenge to fit into my schedule, already in perpetual flux. The constant bouncing around…

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Don’t mention P.M.S.

July 11, 2014

Funny things happen when I leave home.  For one, the Domestic Operations Control Unit (my spouse) is probably happier, to a certain extent anyways. It’s really tough being married with children and going to sea. It is not realistic to have her work outside the home, as the costs outweigh the benefits. So she ends up being, by necessity, the Alpha in the home.  Of course being a Chief Engineer,…

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Stop the madness

July 3, 2014

Does technology ever frustrate you? It seems like we going backwards now when it comes to technology. I was over at the seafarer mission just hours ago, downloaded my email, to read later, then left to sleep before watch. Well, lo and behold, I turn on the computer and, poof, all my emails are gone. Just gone.  WTF! Over the winter I was on a shitty boat and a leak…

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What’s keeping you?

March 26, 2014

What a hectic few weeks. Got home to BC, from a blizzardy Newfoundland, looks like that it still pretty blizzardy over there. Needless to say I more than happy having to decide whether I should mow my lawn today, or tomorrow. Been busy with quite a few projects; taxes, failed computers / Windows 8, construction project, so on and so forth… One of the project taking allot of my time…

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A little tweet of this and little tweet of that

September 20, 2013

Like most of you, summer is my busy time, just not online. Between work, the kids out of school, and various projects, like home renovations, there is little time else to dedicate to the website(s). However, I’m tweeting fairly regularly, this allows me to keep my “nose in the biz” without consuming vast amounts of precious time. So feel free to follow me on Twitter @dieselduckster, below is my “feed”……

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Big iron lands in BC

July 18, 2013

BCIT’s new training centerpiece, a MAN 7L48/60 Medium Speed Diesel engine Fantastic news the other week. After nearly two years of behind the scenes interaction, one big announcement was made by BCIT and MAN Diesel & Turbo Canada; as matter of fact, its 119 tons of announcement. BCIT has received a large medium speed Diesel engine; an inline 7 cylinder 48/60 series with common rail fuel injection, the second largest…

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