Old problems, new again

August 15, 2010

If been a couple of decades now, since the big push of the 80’s and 90’s to remove (at great expense) Asbestos on ships and buildings, especially in Canada. The use of Asbestos in ship construction was extensive last century, even though it was a well known hazard to human health, as far back as the 1920. Flash forward to 2010, and this interesting notice from GL (Germanischer Lloyd) advising…

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CSL makes SLSC’s history book

July 14, 2010

I got a few emails yesterday, alerting me to a ship grounding in the St Lawrence Seaway. Having been home for some time, I haven’t posted much apart from that big update on the main site. I guess they were justified, in drawing my attention to the grounding of CSL’s Richelieu, from the warm weather and kids activities, that I have been engrossed in, these last few weeks off the…

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How to screw a pooch

May 4, 2010

Unless you have been hiding under a rock these last two weeks, you are no doubt aware of the terrible accident on the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The rig was owned by Transocean, and under contract to BP (British Petroleum) drilling a well, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. On April 20th, 2010, there was an explosion around 10pm, and the rig burned violently for two days…

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Nosejob gives Kitimat a shudder

November 16, 2009

Well I see its been already two weeks since my last post! I finally got on top of that nasty computer virus which crippled my computer for my whole time at sea, this last contract. If anyone gets a hold of this little prick, aka know as the daddy of the Virut worm, please castrate them with my regards. Since getting home I have been trying to rebuild the damn…

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Rogues at sea

June 18, 2009

A video review of 2002 documentary “Freak Wave” Rogue waves are stuff of legends and seagoing folklore, at least that’s been accepted for in marine engineering and naval architecture circles for years. Reports of incredible damage, disappearance of ships under mysterious circumstance have been gathering quite a bit of media coverage in the last decades. Freak Wave, a 2002 documentary style show, co produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel,…

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MarPol Squared

February 17, 2009

As you may be aware, the US Environmental Protection Agency was sued by environmentalist groups, and subsequently was ordered to implement regulations under the Clean Water Act which will affect discharges from vessels during normal operation. As a result, most commercial operators in US waters, are required to have a Vessel General Permit, which dictates various limits on 26 various streams of effluent from vessels. This new set of requirements…

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Deep dredging

November 25, 2008

Found this in the morning news, the article below is from CTV news. The company has no news releases posted online, but it seems that east coast conglomerate, JD Irving, has lost a dredge barge, spilling some diesel fuel. Well its a good thing this did not happen in BC, because the environmentalist would have a brick. They are still worked up about the fuel truck on a barge, that…

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Fire guts ex-CG ship

October 12, 2008

Of course after I origianlly posted this, I attended a meeting with a member of Enviromental Respose, Canadian Coast Guard and he assures me that they are empowered to deal with these vessels and levy fines against the owners.I am more then relieved to find out that I was incorrect in my statements.And, the Ex-Tupper sits down there, very forlonly, there is not a window left in the superstructure. This…

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