April 26, 2010

Its a depressed town, featuring long faces, hit hard and often with many hard blows to its confidence. “Captain industry”, crooked authorities, drug dealers and thugs rule the city. Alas, an honest hero, albeit with no superpowers other than integrity, battles the bad guys. This is the premise of the new Canadian movie I saw on my flight home last week, from my last contract aboard. The movie was Woody…


Algoma rolls with the punches

February 10, 2010

The Algoma Discovery ran aground due to mechanical reasons, off the coast of Ile d’Orlean, just off Quebec City, on the St Lawrence River, on the evening of Monday, February 8. The vessel was freed the following day (yesterday) helped by high tides. According to, the MV Algoma Discovery, ex MV Daviken, is registered in Nassau, Bahamas and is currently under charter to Fednav. The vessel is 222 m…


Back to the future !

January 27, 2010

Hello, hello and welcome to 2010 ! Its nearly the end of the year’s first month, so I will extend my apologies to my loyal blog followers for the desperately late first entry of the year. I spent pretty much all of December at work, which, apart from the normal separation from family anxiety, included much work related headaches. Upon my return home in the first week of January, normal…


David Trask went down with fishing boat

December 18, 2009

Not about the big ships, but this is a tragedy for a small town. It reminds you how fleeting life is and how quickly things happen on a small vessel. My sympathies to this man’s family. Captain ensured crew’s safetyBy BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau, 2009-12-18 YARMOUTH — CAPT. DAVID Allison Trask is a hero. The 60-year-old fisherman saved his crew of three Wednesday in what can only be described as…


Another Fishing Vessel Lost

Another accident off of Newfoundland. One man dead, three survivors. One man is dead and three have been rescued after a shrimp boat sank north of Fogo Island, N.L., early Saturday. The boat, out of LaScie, N.L., was heading to Twillingate to offload when it ran into trouble and sent out a distress call. Cmdr. Mike Considine of the Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax said a Cormorant helicopter…

October 25, 2009

Dredging cabotage issues in Quebec

October 13, 2009

The 1180 gt MV Port Mechins dredge (pictured right), operated by Dragage Verrault of Quebec, dredging the St Lawrence under contract to the federal government for the last 30 years, has had its seaworthiness questioned by Transport Canada (TC). According to a recent article appearing on the Seafarer’s International Union (SIU) Canadian newsletter, TC refusal to extend the Seaworthiness certificate to the aging vessel, built in 1949 (yes, 1949), has…


Playing in the H2O

October 5, 2009

Send help – need more diapers ! I hope my Second Class exams include proper procedure for changing full diapers on very squirmy kids, I am sure I would ace it. Yes I have been very busy at home on my time off from the ship, maybe a little too busy since I have not posted any new blog entries in a while. Sorry, but dootie calls. This morning, I…


Another Fishing Boat Lost

On the East Coast another FV has suddenly sank, only two lives were lost this time. Two too many. In this day and age of safety and regulations that all professional mariners live by, it amazes me that this segment of the marine industry seems to slide below the radar. It is the same old story: Fatal sinking probe looks at load rules By MICHAEL TUTTON The Canadian Press The…

September 17, 2009