Burrard Clean #9 cleans sandbar

March 23, 2013

In the previous blog post on The Monitor, there was a picture from the Vancouver Sun, with the the Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver presenting the Harper Government’s “World Class” tanker initiative earlier this week. In the background of the picture, there was a small vessel, an oil response vessel, the largest on Canada’s west coast. The Vancouver Sun followed up the Harper Government’s announcement story one day after, with…

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Another day another MSC ship aground

October 14, 2011

MSC is, once again, at the centre of a maritime accident, this time the the ship is the MV Rena, off the coast of New Zealand; I am sure you are aware of it by now, its still an interesting story. The ship is officially owned by Daina Shipping of Greece, part of Costamare. According to the press release… ” The RENA was built in 1990, and has a deadweight…

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Danger, what danger

September 24, 2011

The beauty of working in the maritime field is that there is always something new to learn about. The other day I heard about the German Rescue Tug Nordic; so, nothing new here, its another tug, big deal, you might say. Well this one is pretty technologically advance, because of what it can do, in what situation. By now, we’ve learn to built some pretty powerful tugs that can operate…

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Why TC does not comment

January 31, 2011

I was doing some research on another topic when I came across an interesting article from the Tyee, a BC based, shall we say, left leaning, epub. The articles chronicles the interaction of the paper, with Transport Canada, and their (varying) stance on crewing for tugs operating in Vancouver Harbour. The reason this subject has been in the news this past year, is that Alberta “tar sands” crude, and bitumen,…

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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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No corporate sponsors please

August 7, 2010

I stumble upon a website containing a great deal of information, that certainly make interesting reading at the least, and perhaps offers insight into our own operational shortcomings. I am posting their “about us” area of the site, as I found it does a good job at summarizing a situation considered “normal” nowadays, not just with tankers, but with pretty much all ships, in my view. The site is the…

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CSL makes SLSC’s history book

July 14, 2010

I got a few emails yesterday, alerting me to a ship grounding in the St Lawrence Seaway. Having been home for some time, I haven’t posted much apart from that big update on the main site. I guess they were justified, in drawing my attention to the grounding of CSL’s Richelieu, from the warm weather and kids activities, that I have been engrossed in, these last few weeks off the…

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