40th Anniversary of the HMCS Kootenay Explosion

October 24, 2009

In Halifax today, the Navy is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Canadian destroyer HMCS Kootenay engineroom explosion, killing 9 men and injuring 53. The subsequent fire was hot enough to melt the aluminum stairs and railings. Smoke and flames blocked access to the firefighting equipment and equipment sent from the HMCS Bonaventure was used to fight the fire. The cause of the explosion was a bearing installed backwards in…


Freedom is an ugly thing

September 6, 2009

I have had these pictures of the United States Navy new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Freedom, kicking around my “project” box for quite some time. I just had a quick comment, well actually quite few when I think about it, on the design of the vessel. Aside for the “America, Fu&^%$ Yeah” type of name, which I must say is quite “been there, done that”, its has to be one…


Aooopps, Huh, I meant AOPS

May 24, 2009

I just came across some pictures of the new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship being designed by STX Canada, for the Canadian Navy. I made a small blurb about it in a post last month. I forgot I had these pictures, and though some of you may be interested. The design is nearly finalize, but Dan Greer, of STX, mentions that the pods, clearly visible in the picture below, will not…


Joint CIMarE – SNAME all day event

April 28, 2009

It only happens once a year or so, but it is always well worth it and well attended. What is it ? Its the joint meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer (SNAME)- Northwest Branch and the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers (CIMarE). The full day of interesting discussion held this past weekend in Victoria BC, was topped off with a guided…


Gun’s sholder strap stuck in lathe

November 11, 2008

With the media spotlight coming to grips that a seafaring pirates is more than just a Disney character, and much more sinister, it was only a matter of time until the cowboys also had their time in the spotlight. Enter Blackwater; the US based private military corporation, which has taken some serious flack in Iraq for, shall we say, unscrupulous business practices, has offered up its services to the merchant…


GOC Cancels New Vessel Acquisitions

Late on Friday the Canadian Government released a bombshell that the Navy’s project to replace the aging supply ships has been cancelled. Also cancelled is the Coast Guard’s tender to build 12 midshore patrol vessels. This is fairly staggering news. Millions have been spent in the planning, design and the now aborted acquisition of the ships.Instead of buying, say one supply vessel and eight CG patrol vessels which would give…

August 23, 2008