Respite care for ship owners

March 6, 2009

Empty Ships Flock to Subic Bay as Lines Battle Plunging RatesBy Wendy Leung and Francisco Alcuaz Jr., March 5 (Bloomberg) Subic Bay in the Philippines is the busiest it’s been since the U.S. Navy moved out 16 years ago. The traffic surge is coming from ships all carrying the same cargo — nothing. Last week, 19 vessels were anchored in the mountain-lined bay awaiting charters near an empty container terminal….


Old salts get online exposure

February 19, 2009

HTML clipboarThe National Film Board of Canada has recently put up much of its collection online, for all to access. This is a fantastic resource for all that is Canadian, but also an interesting look back at seafarers and technology in moving pictures. Most films are quite dated and specific maritime films are somewhat difficult to find, but within a few minutes I was looking at arctic exploration documentary, another…


New ships are fine, need new attitude

January 10, 2009

No less than 41 engineering position are advertised on BC Ferries corporate website. In comparison, there is ten deck and four catering position similarly advertised. Obviously there is a major problem with the way the organization is approaching this dilemma. Regardless of what corporate says or the union does, their seems to be a glaring message sent from the engineering department of the corp. This major hurdle may be whats…


SAR Report on the L’Acadien ll Sinking

December 22, 2008

A very damming report on where the Coast Guard has found itself 13 years after DFO merger. Communications, equipment problems beset rescue operation in capsizing — reportBy ALISON AULD The Canadian Press, 2008-12-21 Search and rescue operations during the fatal capsizing of a sealing boat last March were beset by communications problems and equipment failures, says a report into the incident off Nova Scotia. The Search and Rescue Operation Report…


Shrimp trawler nets two, with cold feet

December 9, 2008

I glanced the news the other day; “plane makes mayday call, over water, near Baffin Island on Canada’s arctic coast, search under way”. My first reaction was that this was not going to be a happy ending, if even luck proved that there was indeed an ending to be found. Well I am very happy to be wrong! The two managed to land the plane they were flying, on an…


Solidarity needed

December 1, 2008

The tanker Hebei Spirit was holed while at anchor in South Korean, by a wayward crane barge in strong winds. The accident resulted in the tanker spilling crude oil, a third the size of the Exxon Valdez, which contaminated the Korean coastline. The two senior deck officers on the VLCC at the time, Capt and Chief Mate, remain in Korea unable to go free, despite several inquiries clearing them of…


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…


Gun’s sholder strap stuck in lathe

November 11, 2008

With the media spotlight coming to grips that a seafaring pirates is more than just a Disney character, and much more sinister, it was only a matter of time until the cowboys also had their time in the spotlight. Enter Blackwater; the US based private military corporation, which has taken some serious flack in Iraq for, shall we say, unscrupulous business practices, has offered up its services to the merchant…