Mate still in Jail

November 29, 2011

You might recall a blog entry here, a few months back, and beyond, telling a story about a Ship’s Mate, Philip Halliday. The Digby, Nova Scotia, man was working aboard the Destiny Empress (ex CCGS Parizeau), when the ship was apprehended by the Spanish navy, while at sea in international waters.   Once the ship was searched by authorities, a large quantity of cocaine was found aboard, stashed there by…

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Cheap on the bottom line, expensive in lives

November 8, 2011

Beware of cheap, and too good to be true replacement parts and servicing. Yet again, it appears counterfeit material has made their way into the shipping industry, this time in the refrigerant used during servicing of shipping containers in Vietnam. The refrigerant reacted in the system making it combust spontaneously in the presence of air. This type of story is nothing new to those aboard, but is has been slowly…

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No holiday in Spain

August 9, 2011

Some of you may have heard of the name, Phil Halliday. If it seems like that name is familiar, but seems from long ago, you are correct, it has been a long time since the name was first mentioned in the media 18 months ago. Phil was a fisherman from Digby, Nova Scotia, who, after a brief voyage to the Caribbean on the retired Coast Guard ship Parizeau, was asked…

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I knew I should have been a fireman!

July 15, 2011

Just came across some big news… VShips, my current employer, is reportedly being bough by behemoth pension fund OMERS – Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Scheme. The fund with $53 billion under management, representing the pension of 400,000 Ontario employees is said to be spending $500 million to acquire VShips, one of the world’s largest ship managers and ship operations service provider. OMERS is made up of the pension of 931…

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Half Ofer Passes

July 12, 2011

Few know the “powers that be” behind shipping, but at the beginning of June, a central person in the world shipping, passed on. Below is an article from Cruise Solutions, giving us an glimpse of a shipping empire monarch. A bit more about the Ofer Brothers, and here’s another news story about his death. Sammy Ofer Dies At 89 Sammy Ofer passed away Friday 3rd June, a member of the…

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What goes around the world, while remaining in its corner

July 7, 2011

My son had a riddle for me the other day… “What goes around the world, while remaining in its corner…?”I answered… “a dutiful sailor !?!?!”“No, silly!”, he said, “its a stamp !” This Month the United States Postal Service will officially unveil four new stamps to highlight the Merchant Marine. They will make the launch on July 28th, and if you are near New York City, you are welcome to…

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Monarch in the news

June 26, 2011

Some years ago a tragic accident occurred on the Monarch of the Seas, a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. At the time, the ship was in Los Angeles on a turn around day, when maintenance being carried out in the engine room, went severely awry. As a result “three crew members, Boris Dimitrov of Bulgaria; Willie Tirol of The Philippines and Radomilja Frane of Croatia, were killed…

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Korean giant gains foothold in Nova Scotia

June 23, 2011

In other Shiyard news… sort of… Korean shipyard heavyweight, DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering) has open a facility in Nova Scotia. Yes, you heard right. In March 2010, Daewoo, the province of Nova Scotia, and the federal government, entered a partership to transform a defunct rail car manufacturing plant into a modern windmill factory. Daewoo and the government spent $40 million dollars (~20 each) converting the Trenton Works rail…

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