Arctic jostling

September 18, 2012

Arctic ice cap 2012, source Scientist are announcing a record low level of ice coverage in the arctic during this past summer. Words like “staggering“, “collapse” “record minimum” are being used to explain the extensive loss of sea ice in the arctic region. The arctic polar ice cap is important to regulate the planet’s temperature, significant ice loss delivers proof that the planet is indeed much warmer than it used…

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The hammer drops (on Canadian cabotage)

July 25, 2012

McCleary’s Spirit, loaded, in Quebec My gut is big, and not necessarily pretty, but its usually accurate when it comes to intuition. I felt that any day now we would have work for our ship, a product tanker, or something drastic would happen. Well, as it turns out, the latter happened. If you follow this blog, you’ll recalled that the ship I sail on was recently been laid up in…

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Conservative budget 2012, “Creating Jobs” ?

April 3, 2012

The Canadian government has not, is not, really known for any maritime policy prowess. There was some hope when they undertook the National Ship Procurement Strategy, that they could be seen to be recognizing how important ships are to Canada, but really this was more about defence spending, rather than a positive outlook on the importance of shipyards and heavy industry. With the latest federal budget, delivered late last week,…

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Office party, not for seafarers

December 20, 2011

In the last post, I talked about how misleading the stats were on a recent study of Post Secondary Education, and their earning potentials… this week I was sent this video which exemplifies this even more. The video is not of typical weather condition while working at sea, but this is the reality of the job. Having to put up with that, even before spending one once of your energy,…

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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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Review – NG’s Gulf Oil Spill

November 28, 2010

Violently burning for 36 hours, explosions, missing workers, environmental catastrophe around the corner, SMIT salvage is working against the clock the minute they get the call for this salvage. I had been anxiously waiting to get my hands on the National Geographic’s latest focus on disasters at sea, Gulf Oil Spill. The show is about the Deepwater Horizon drill rig, and this is a review of that show. I suspect…

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“Cost cutting” and other great corporate ideas

November 25, 2010

I am back at work and dealing with the adjustment phase, setting the agenda for the month. Of course thats why I don’t end up having too much spare time writing new entries during this transition phase, but here it is. Another little random comment. I was in my bunk last night, watching a couple of interesting programs on the recent disastrous, BP led project in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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Fishermen at Milan Fashion Week

October 11, 2010

A group of researcher and clothing manufacturers are meeting in Spain this month, and the results could change the way seafarers, in the fishing industry in particular, perform their work. The group is midway in a four year European Union funded project to design work wear which will better protect seafarers. The project is called Safe @ Sea and brings scientists from various fields to design work wear that will…

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