Watchful eye, guiding voice

October 8, 2012

The US Coast Guard celebrates forty years of Vessel Traffic Services. Natham Bradshaw of the USCG writes the article below, giving us a glimpse of their work. All professional mariners are well aware of the guiding hand of vessel traffic services, in the US and in Canada, this offers us a rare glimpse of this world, especially as it pertains to southern BC waters. USCG Vessel Traffic Service celebrates 40…

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Its ok to breath now…

Long time visitor and contributor to the site, Bilge Rat, sent me this video a few weeks back. It’s a riveting drama of a tug in a dire spot on the fast moving waters of the Mississippi, and another tug comes to the rescue. Also a good lesson for all sailors, whether sailing on green, blue or brown waters, always keep your watertight doors and hatches closed and dogged! He…

June 26, 2012
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Wilde times with Mary

December 6, 2010

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has a couple of recent safety bulletins that may affect you, in your job as seagoing engineer. The one that caught my eye recently, is a Harmonic Filter failure in the propulsion system of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Harmonic Filters, a bank of capacitors, are generally part of any modern Diesel Electric propulsion system, used to stabilize and “clean” the network. The internal…

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Too bad he was not hanging on to it…

November 30, 2010

Rick Ehlert is dumb. Drunk or not, one should realize the implications of releasing a ship’s anchor weighing 28,000 lbs, and letting free fall from its pocket. But apparently a drunken Rick did just that over the weekend, on Holland America’s MV Ryndam. The ships was on route from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya when he made his way to the aft mooring deck undetected and released the anchor while…

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Pistons seek Independence

July 23, 2010

You know you’re having a interesting day, when a piston of your engine, winds up going through a nearby roof. Such was the case with Canadian National locomotive 2699, when it was going through the Louisiana town of Independence, earlier this year. The Dash 9-44CW locomotive is built by GE Transportation Systems based in Erie, Pennsylvania, and features a 4,400 horsepower, V16 turbocharged diesel engine, known as the GE7FDL16. Seems…

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Nosejob gives Kitimat a shudder

November 16, 2009

Well I see its been already two weeks since my last post! I finally got on top of that nasty computer virus which crippled my computer for my whole time at sea, this last contract. If anyone gets a hold of this little prick, aka know as the daddy of the Virut worm, please castrate them with my regards. Since getting home I have been trying to rebuild the damn…

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Sink or swim

November 28, 2008

Iain sent these pictures in of a LPG tanker launch in China. To me, it seems a bit of a rough launch and quite risky. Well you could certainly sustain allot of damage launching a ship that way, but I guess one must do what one must to get the job done. That’s an interesting point to ponder, what if they do some damage, do they have a drydock or…

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Not your average comedy

November 2, 2008

This little story was sitting in my inbox for a while, but I couldn’t delete because I though it was interesting what happen on the car carrier Figaro and wanted to share it. You can find the full MAIB report in the Ship’s Library. Like usual, Michael Grey from Lloyds List writes a informative piece below on the events. Everytime I see those CO2 alarms in protected space, I wonder…

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