Now, it’s official

June 13, 2012

From Maritime Propulsion As if we didn’t already know, or at least expected, the Globe and Mail reports on an international body recognition that Diesel exhaust does cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, held a meeting this week, in which they conclude that Diesel exhaust cause Cancer. I wonder how that’s going to impact us engineers working on ships, especially…

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Costa Concordia accident report released

June 7, 2012

Peter Ramsauer from internet Ahahaha, made you look. Sorry, I used the old’ bait and switch trick in my title…. like you really expected that such a thing would make the light of day. Lloyd’s List had an article a few weeks about the Costa Concordia disaster, and how Germany’s Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, is publicly pressuring the Italian government to release the results of their investigation, fully, and…

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News “deja vu”

May 22, 2012

Sorel Tracy on the St Lawrence We finally made it down to our anchorage off of Sorel-Tracy, just east of Montreal. Unfortunately, we did not have internet access, much to my chagrin. I resorted to going on small boat rides, frequently pestering the locals, to get my connected fix for the day. As it turns out, the only coffee shop in town closes at 5 pm, a serious criminal offence…

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Running to sea

March 13, 2012

Greece’s finance minister The Eurozone debt crisis continues to rage on with no real end in sight. Wholesale disposal of a raft of people’s way of life, by god know’s what, but it sure does not seem to be for the greater good of the general population, that’s for sure. I see it as wholesale theft of a country by some “good with numbers” predatory leeches, who have no moral…

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Marky Mark in a box

February 5, 2012

Went to see Contraband last night. Even with the possibility that my wife would feed me to the fishes, for the thought of spending one night with Mr. MM, I think he’s done some good work, in the past… but Contraband is not some of his good work. 50% of the movie Contraband occurs on a container ship – yup, a real life big cargo ship, painted with a MSQ…

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NASA miscalculations

January 28, 2012

Ok, this does not really restore my faith in rocket scientists… Picture by AP There is obviously more to the story here, than just a ship hitting a bridge; come on look at the thing, who the hell thought that would fit under the that bridge. Maybe they were not ballasted enough, but even that, must be a nerve racking tight fit. More pictures here. The Delta Mariner carries rocket…

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Slipping into lifeboats

January 23, 2012

One day into my wife and I’s first vacation in 8 years, and some foolish act results in one of the latest, and largest passenger ships to partially sinks. Having work on cruise ships for four years and like most professionals mariners, I was captivated and stunned. How could have this happened? Needless to say my wife was probably a little annoyed for my thirst of consuming what little news…

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Marine Engineers = Good earners

December 12, 2011

Earlier this year, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce published a study called “What’s it worth? The economic value of college majors”.  It’s a US based study, but probably relates fairly well across to Canada, and some other countries. The thing that caught my engineering eye in this study, was that Marine Engineering / Naval Architecture was listed in the top ten for earnings. Listed below, are the…

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