The journey is afoot…

April 27, 2013

The Maple Leaf goes up for the first time Off we go, we should be leaving the port of Ajman, in the UAE shortly, bound for the Mediterranean Sea where I understand we might have our first job. The tug Sharon M1 has been in the shipyard for about 6 weeks now, lots of work has been done, and most of it is now completed. We’ve had hot days, been…


The Purple Squirrel in uncertain times

April 2, 2013

I’ve been on a job search for several months now, and I must say its been really slow everywhere. It may just be me, but decent gig are rare to find these days. I ran across a couple of articles which struck a chord with me in regards to the job market of today. The first article is from Canada’s national paper, the Globe and Mail, and struck a particular…


Coasties, raise your pistons !

March 29, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener. |USCGC Midgett in Seattle Chip Switzer proposes to FN Stefanie Garret, a member of the engineering department aboard Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, at Coast Guard Base Seattle after the ship’s crew returned from a 75-day counter-narcotics patrol, March 21, 2013.  Congratulations Ms. Garret and Mr. Switzer…


Out of sight

October 18, 2012

Found this online, illustrates the common attitudes pretty well. There’s probably a couple of seafarers under there too…


Summer time blues

August 29, 2012

Too much summer sun! Its been a super nice summer here in BC, I am 3/4 of the way into my time off the ship, so its time to start thinking about going back. Time to wrap up my home projects, start putting on “my ship” head but play a little more with the kids. The website, like a good portion of the visitors, takes a hiatus during the summer….


Seafarer Factory

July 21, 2012

From World Maritime The “Barista” over at the Marine Cafe blog has an interesting blog post, highlighting some observations of the “seafarer factory” known as the Philippines. Check it out. Some of the comments are insightful as well. The Filipino seafaring community was rocked by the European Union questioning the quality and intensity of maritime training in the Philippines. The European Union’s EMSA has threatened to remove acceptance of STCW…



July 16, 2012

Hey, this is post number 501 ! Yup, what a ride its been. The blog has always been an easy way for me to speak my mind, spread the news or just muse about marine engineering in the commercial world, no matter where I was in the world. I enjoy keeping it up, never thought we would have 500 post under our belt, I guess time does go by quick…