Is the neighbor’s green grass lacking morality?

March 28, 2016

Some time ago, I received an interesting email, using the term “morality”, or the lack thereof, in describing the offshore oil and gas industry. Morality is not often used in shipping, but maybe it ought to. I thought it was in interesting wording by a young professional, and in itself provided some insight in our maritime industry in general and its future. Here are parts of his emails, and my…

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Spamily – builder of ships, not nations

April 23, 2015

In a previous post I was musing about shipyards, ports, and other national assets that are often taken advantage of by being “privatized”, or otherwise utilized to enrich a select few.  Meanwhile the states, and its people, are burdened with the cost of developing and maintaining these assets. I find this grossly offensive myself. We only have to look to the Soviet State and its huge infrastructure, “sold” for fractions…

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Winter ship rituals

January 21, 2015

Ocean Intrepid breaks ice, preparing for the arrival of Oceanex Avalon in Montreal As most know, the winters in Canada can be somewhat challenging. In the Great Lakes area, the winter of 2013-2014 was particularly good example of that statement, with record ice covering all of the Great Lakes and their inter-connecting rivers, well past the normal “ice season”. Some ships on Lake Superior even experienced breaking ice in late…

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Don’t mention P.M.S.

July 11, 2014

Funny things happen when I leave home.  For one, the Domestic Operations Control Unit (my spouse) is probably happier, to a certain extent anyways. It’s really tough being married with children and going to sea. It is not realistic to have her work outside the home, as the costs outweigh the benefits. So she ends up being, by necessity, the Alpha in the home.  Of course being a Chief Engineer,…

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Stop the madness

July 3, 2014

Does technology ever frustrate you? It seems like we going backwards now when it comes to technology. I was over at the seafarer mission just hours ago, downloaded my email, to read later, then left to sleep before watch. Well, lo and behold, I turn on the computer and, poof, all my emails are gone. Just gone.  WTF! Over the winter I was on a shitty boat and a leak…

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Walking Dead settlement found

February 28, 2014

Old jet fighter, center of town In the previous posts I talked allot about isolation and prisons, well, because it feels like that for me right now. I am on a small tug near the town of Stephenville, in western Newfoundland. We are docked at the site of the old pulp mill, abandoned a few years ago.  I was coming back from town the other day, after paying the cab…

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Summer time blues

August 29, 2012

Too much summer sun! Its been a super nice summer here in BC, I am 3/4 of the way into my time off the ship, so its time to start thinking about going back. Time to wrap up my home projects, start putting on “my ship” head but play a little more with the kids. The website, like a good portion of the visitors, takes a hiatus during the summer….

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