On a wing and a prayer – Blue Riband

March 18, 2013

Source – Interwebs I was visiting my friend over at Navcanada in Surrey, BC, getting a tour of the very impressive west coast air traffic control center. The “Center” handles the air traffic controlling duties of the many flights I take every year, so its nice to demystify it. The impressive tour of the new facility was fantastic, but one of the most memorable tidbit I took away from my…

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Breeze from across the pond

March 14, 2013

Vancouver’s Translink MV Burrard Pacific Breeze, built 2009, image from BMT Shipyards in BC are again being passed over in another planned government funded new build. Translink, the regional Vancouver public transit authority, has sourced Damen Shipyard in the Netherlands, to build a new Seabus replacement vessel. The venerable Burrard Beaver as been in service since its launch in 1976, working alongside its sister ship Burrard Otter, ferrying passengers from…

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NSPS: where are you?

March 1, 2013

From Interwebs The much heralded National Ship Procurement Strategy’s (NSPS) wheel of progress have been mired in thick mud, seemingly unable to gain any real traction when it comes to actually cutting steel. Today, yet another blow to the program, a report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer says that the $2.6 billion (yes, with a B), committed to the Joint Support Vessels in 2010 is simply not enough to build…

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Out of sight

October 18, 2012

Found this online, illustrates the common attitudes pretty well. There’s probably a couple of seafarers under there too…

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Good deals

October 4, 2012

CCGC Point Henry, by CCG A couple of days ago, the Canadian federal Minister of Fisheries, Keith Ashfield, was under scrutiny by local media Chek TV news reporter, after a brief funding announcement in Nanaimo. Of course, he was whisked away to more “important things”, before he could give a meaningful answer to the reporter’s question as to why the Conservative party is closing numerous front line Canadian Coast Guard…

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Enough already

September 28, 2012

Sage Sagittarius from Shipspotting.com I have been writing this blog for many years and can’t remember this many deaths aboard ship being in the news. I hope it’s because I am paying more attention, I certainly hope it’s not a trend, but it’s worrying. The Australian Federal Police briefly placed a ship under crime scene tape in the Port of Newcastle, after the 55 year old Filipino Chief Engineer was…

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Dayra Wood Pino, Engineering Cadet, RIP

September 12, 2012

How would you feel, sitting down for dinner in the ship’s mess, and knowing that for nearly three weeks, one of your dead crew mates has been lying in the ship’s cool room, next to the vegetables and foodstuff. Despite this, the vessel carries on calling at ports and handling cargo; business as usual. I suspect you would be pretty shaken up, I know I would be. Believe it or…

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Yet one more…

June 16, 2012

General Walter Natynczyk from CBC Yet another news story of note, to me anyways, again from the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national papers, is about the Canadian military’s top dog, General Walter Natynczyk lamenting the lack of steel cutting for new ships. I know the military is used to getting whatever it wants, but hey, welcome to the party General; just imagine how the Coast Guard guys feel…

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