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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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How to screw a pooch

May 4, 2010

Unless you have been hiding under a rock these last two weeks, you are no doubt aware of the terrible accident on the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The rig was owned by Transocean, and under contract to BP (British Petroleum) drilling a well, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. On April 20th, 2010, there was an explosion around 10pm, and the rig burned violently for two days…

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Black out – on purpose

December 11, 2008

Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net has suspended access to the main website, and The Common Rail forum area, from December 10th to December 13th, 2008, to show support for the two merchant marine officers of the VLCC Hebei Spirit. On December 10th, 2008, the Captain and Chief Officer of the tanker Hebei Spirit, were ordered jailed by the government of Korea. A large crane barge, operated by Samsung (Korea’s…

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Solidarity needed

December 1, 2008

The tanker Hebei Spirit was holed while at anchor in South Korean, by a wayward crane barge in strong winds. The accident resulted in the tanker spilling crude oil, a third the size of the Exxon Valdez, which contaminated the Korean coastline. The two senior deck officers on the VLCC at the time, Capt and Chief Mate, remain in Korea unable to go free, despite several inquiries clearing them of…

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Deep dredging

November 25, 2008

Found this in the morning news, the article below is from CTV news. The company has no news releases posted online, but it seems that east coast conglomerate, JD Irving, has lost a dredge barge, spilling some diesel fuel. Well its a good thing this did not happen in BC, because the environmentalist would have a brick. They are still worked up about the fuel truck on a barge, that…

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Valdez Re-incarnation

August 24, 2008

The infamous Exxon Valdez was sold in February 2008 for $32 million, according to reports. Exxon issued no news on the matter, but the Anchorage Daily News reports that the new owners are Bloom Shipping (probably Ever Bloom Shipping) of Hong Kong. They are reportedly going to convert her to an ore carrier and plan to call the ship “Dong Fang Ocean”. In early 1989, Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh…

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Big oil spill in Norway and Korea

December 16, 2007

StatoilHydro: Broken hose caused 25,000 barrel North Sea oil spill2007-12-14 15:20:43 – OSLO, Norway (AP) – Government-controlled oil company StatoilHydro ASA said Friday that a 25,000-barrel North Sea oil spill was caused by a broken hose used to load crude onto tankers. The spill, which happened Wednesday, was the second worst in Norway’s offshore history. The oil, spilled at the Statfjord offshore field, was not expected to reach the Norwegian…

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