Don’t let your spouse see this…

January 5, 2014

The Rozen’s CE comforting the Cook I just finished watching a pretty powerful 2012 Danish film about piracy, called, A Hijacking (Kapringen) and I thought I’d share… Last year’s Hollywood block buster, Capt. Phillips, briefly introduced the general public to the very real problem that is modern day piracy. Obviously the message from Hollywood was the usual one, with easy answers found at the end of a gun, which, when…

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The strange gaze of the Navel Engineer

December 2, 2013

Qing Quentin Huang, undated picture from internet Well, no steel cut yet, but sure is an entertaining spectacles to see the NSPS develop. The latest headlines on the project are not good, and its not just the Auditor General report. From the middle east to New Zealand, and points in between, a NSPS story out of Hamilton, Ontario, is grabbing some international headlines. The national federal police force in Canada,…

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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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I don’t think ship operators call it charity

June 30, 2013

American Bureau of Shipping I ran across an interesting article from Bloomberg the other day; it’s subject is the tax status of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), among others. ABS is the Houston based ship classifications society. Some may not realize but ABS, and Lloyd’s Register, are actually “charities”. I would imagine the other classifications societies are as well, in their “home country”. I’ll admit its the strangest “charity”…

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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…

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The Purple Squirrel in uncertain times

April 2, 2013

I’ve been on a job search for several months now, and I must say its been really slow everywhere. It may just be me, but decent gig are rare to find these days. I ran across a couple of articles which struck a chord with me in regards to the job market of today. The first article is from Canada’s national paper, the Globe and Mail, and struck a particular…

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Burrard Clean #9 cleans sandbar

March 23, 2013

In the previous blog post on The Monitor, there was a picture from the Vancouver Sun, with the the Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver presenting the Harper Government’s “World Class” tanker initiative earlier this week. In the background of the picture, there was a small vessel, an oil response vessel, the largest on Canada’s west coast. The Vancouver Sun followed up the Harper Government’s announcement story one day after, with…

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World Class BS

March 21, 2013

Need more lipstick, PM Haprer – from the interwebs Our dear leader’s has taken yet another clumsy step in softening the ramming of a pipeline down the throats of British Colombians. The press release starts with “Harper” and included a press conference by no less than two cabinet ministers in Vancouver, last Monday. The high profile plan / announcements makes no real sense to me, and is strictly to open…

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