Christmas message confusion

January 2, 2012

A Canadian shipping company sent out Christmas cards this year, with a nice picture of one their ships, operating in the arctic. There was a passage inside the card, by Thomas Fuller, the English cleric who lived in the 16th century – I assume. ” he that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea ”  Now, I understand the power of quotes to invoke…


Season’s Greetings

December 26, 2011

Just a quick note to wishes you all the very best of the Season. I hope your Christmas was pleasant, safe and fulfilling as it was for us. We spent a quiet Christmas at our home in BC, where the boys enjoyed opening some presents and relaxed with visits to family. The local weather was a typical rainy day with 7 degree celsius – perhaps not a white Christmas, but…


Grandiose sense of self-worth

November 18, 2011

Back at work now, got back a few days ago, of course the backlog of problems are nagging at me, so I will keep this post short, “like most” you might thinking to yourself. I have been truly busy; busy home, necessary repairs, short on finances, and the kids constant grovelling – and that’s just on the boat. I’ve been working on a new project these last few months, which…


Wit = α + βxit + εit.

July 31, 2011

I haven’t read Time magazine for quite a while. They were (are) just getting a little too rag-like, focusing on celebrities and such. But the other day, I came across an excellent piece from their magazine, which certainly summarize my feelings about the world of business, which shipping certainly is now – big business. The piece is called “Driven off the road by M.B.A.s” by author Rana Foroohar, written earlier…


Johnny Canuck

Completely unrelated to ships, but certainly quite a focus for many Canadians at sea, or wherever else, is the very distinct possibility that the Vancouver Canucks hockey team might actually win the coveted the Stanley Cup. The first time in their 40 years history. Here’s a short video to get you pumped up for the final games in Boston, where Vancouver will take Tim Thomas for a walk around the…

June 13, 2011

Escape from Hamilton

June 11, 2011

The old man was all in a panic, “I need engines now, were going to anchor”. “Relax. What’s the rush; were already at anchor” I replied. Turns out, we had an opportunity to escape from the confines of Hamilton Harbour, where we had been trapped, unable to leave for nearly a week. Hamilton has been the backdrop of few “end of civilization” films without much effort, but its really not…


Women at Sea in New York City

March 25, 2011

In a little under a week from now, a celebration of progress, you could say, will occur in New York City. Although the marine industry is a predominately “male” industry, some very capable women, have been leaving their mark; at this event, achievements in the United States maritime field will be highlighted. Below is a blurb of the event, and you can visit the Working Harbor website for more information….


The power of an earthquake and tsunami

March 12, 2011

The images from Japan are shocking and worrisome; few words can express my condolences to the affected and the chagrin at their loss. The amount of energy release by this offshore earthquake, known as the Sendai Earthquake, is mind boggling. With three nuclear power plants in emergency shut down, one incapable of adequately cooling its core, the situation is grave at best. The resultant tsunami tossed around ships, and there…