Things that go bump

November 26, 2011

The Maersk Detector, a Canadian offshore supply ship, based out of St Johns Newfoundland, has sliced open one pontoons of drill rig operating off the East Coast of Canada. The GSF Grand Banks, a semi sub drilling rig, was performing drilling operations at a depth of 4000 meter, in support of Husky’s White Rose project, when the ship contacted the rig. As usual for energy companies, Maersk, Husky or the…

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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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E is for “damn, thats big”

April 8, 2011

This is not news anymore, but it is still pretty darn awe inspiring. Maersk placed an order for 10 copies of their new class of ships, the Triple E. The ships are massive cargo movers; with a capacity for 18,000 teu. The biggest cargo ships afloat; bigger ships have been built, namely tankers, but very few are still in service. With twin propulsion plants, they are designed for slow steaming,…

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Spotlight on piracy

April 15, 2009

Well I must say, what an exciting week it has been on the international maritime scene. Aside from being on the ship and as sick as a dog, I was spellbound with all the latest news on the Maersk Alabama. It was bit hard to decipher facts from fiction and over dramatization, but for the most part I think the story was pretty well relayed in the media, considering the…

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Mighty cool show

August 14, 2008

I just finished catching the second half of Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ship. If you are in North America, I am pretty sure you can catch this new series on your local cable TV signal. In Canada its on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, 21:00 hrs – which I believe repeats every four hours after, for the duration of the day. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the show and…

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World’s largest container line in trouble

December 31, 2007

Maersk boss says carrier risks losing top spotJanet Porter, 27 December 2007 Lloyds List TROUBLED Maersk Line will be toppled from its number one spot without a dramatic improvement in customer service, much lower overheads and a far more careful selection of cargo. That is the blunt message from chief executive Eivind Kolding as he prepares the next stage of Maersk’s recovery program, to be unveiled next month. Mr Kolding’s…

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