The journey is afoot…

April 27, 2013

The Maple Leaf goes up for the first time Off we go, we should be leaving the port of Ajman, in the UAE shortly, bound for the Mediterranean Sea where I understand we might have our first job. The tug Sharon M1 has been in the shipyard for about 6 weeks now, lots of work has been done, and most of it is now completed. We’ve had hot days, been…


Highs and lows

April 20, 2013

May Edition now on news stands Toot tooot. There’s my own horn. BC Shipping News has picked an article of mine featured here, a few months ago, about the realities of the marine engineering training efficiency in Western Canada over the past twenty years. The piece, Reap what you sow, was the first part of my larger exercise, exploring the marine engineer workforce situation in Canada. The article is in…


Hot Hot Hot

April 18, 2013

The Middle East – AKA hot unlivable zone Well, I am busy again, this time I find myself in Ajman, in the smallest Emirate of the United Arab Emirates, about 30 km away from Dubai – but driving there takes about 6 hours, due to traffic. I am in the busy Arab Heavy Industries shipyard, in, what feels like the middle of nowhere, assisting with some modifications and upgrades to…


Back on dry land

January 21, 2013

Sailor’s Xmas Had all the intentions of doing a quick follow up blog entry, but internet was incredibly spotty on our way to Duluth and going back to Nanticoke; must have been all the iron ore in the cargo holds. Well, I am back home in BC now, getting re-acquainted with the family. Taking down Christmas lights and decoration; I put them up a day or two before I left…


Where you gone?

I’ve been dealing with career issues this last year, and in particular these last few months, requiring my full brain “horsepower”, which is limited to start with, and I have to take a little hiatus from blogging, to recoup my proper mindframe. Some of you have come to expect my musing (thank you for your loyalty), I am sorry to dissapoint. I hope to be back in the saddle shortly….

December 16, 2012

New look for main website

October 26, 2012

Online since 1999, MMEP gets an updated look in 2012 Its been along time coming, and it’s finally here. I spent a couple of years of working around a defective web authoring program that I used for many years, which caused me many headaches. Then of course the frames style of the website, in use for many years, became a major problem in website structure vis a vis navigation and…


“Ship porn” finds new home

October 15, 2012

Last week, I officially launched Seafarer Media (, a stand-alone website, with numerous picture galleries featuring ships; all sorts, in all types of predicaments. The galleries are easy to navigate and feature rating and comment features. They can be viewed by visitor using multiple metrics – such as most recent, most popular, tags, and so on – overall very neat. Spinning off this large part of the newly refitted main…


Summer time blues

August 29, 2012

Too much summer sun! Its been a super nice summer here in BC, I am 3/4 of the way into my time off the ship, so its time to start thinking about going back. Time to wrap up my home projects, start putting on “my ship” head but play a little more with the kids. The website, like a good portion of the visitors, takes a hiatus during the summer….