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…


Who needs a drink when you are working 14hrs a day

August 28, 2008

Fatigue poses similar risks to alcoholMission to Seafarers newsletter Dec 07 A study by Sweden’s National Road and Transport Research Institute has found that fatigue can have a similar effect on ships, officers as drinking alcohol. The report “Fatigue at Sea: a field study in Swedish shipping“, found that risks were particularly high where a two-watch system was used with “really high levels of fatigue in 2.5 per cent of…


Another Majestic morning

April 11, 2008

Below are a couple of press releases from Majestic America Line, which operates numerous paddle wheeler on United States rivers and other waterways. Seems they had an early morning fire in the engine room of the Queen of the West, which forced the evacuation of the passengers. One other notable incident of late with Majestic, was the grounding of the Empress of the North in Alaska, its fourth grounding since…


S.S. Caribou’s last surviving crew member dies

February 17, 2008

A bit of forgotten WWII history. John Matthews served on ferry sunk by U-boat in 1942By CORY HURLEY Corner Brook Western Star CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A man believed to be the last living crew member and one of the last known survivors of a German U-boat attack on the the S.S. Caribou off Newfoundland in 1942, has died.John Matthews, 84, passed away in hospital last Thursday after years of…


The apropriately named Northern Adventure

January 4, 2008

The MV Northern Adventure, BC Ferries latest vessel, hardly a year in service after the MV Queen of the North sinking, was sideline in the middle of its planned run between Prince Rupert and Pt Hardy on the January 2nd, 2008. According to the BC Ferries press release the engine, a MaK 16m32, shut down on safeties. From the press release, it would appear that engine room staff used dirty…


More About SAR Exercise

‘It’s very perplexing’Ferry captain had no sign fumes were making people sickBy WITH LAURANORTH SYDNEY— The captain of the Marine Atlantic ferry involved in a dramatic search and rescue drill that went awry this week said Friday his crew had no indication there was a problem with fumes that sent dozens of people to hospital.Master Keith Hopkins said he only learned of Thursday’s incident after someone informed him that 21…

September 29, 2007

Exercise gets a touch of realism

September 28, 2007

Newfoundland ferry disaster drill turns into real thingKen Meaney, CanWest News ServicePublished: Thursday, September 27, 2007 A mock ferry disaster off Newfoundland’s west coast got a little too real Thursday when 21 people onboard a lifeboat were overcome by smoke. In total, 14 people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation from fumes given off by fibreglass that became overheated when it got too close to the exhaust system onboard the lifeboat….