Respite care in port

March 3, 2011

I am getting ready to head out east, back to work, and the miserable cold. Mind you, things here in BC, have been pretty chilly, with some snow to boot – a rather rare occurence this time of year. As usual my preparations for sea are extensive, wrapping up loose ends, trying to spend as much time as possible with the wife and kids, and little time is left for…


Need a ship repossessed ?

February 21, 2011

If you are someone who has lent their financial support to a shipowner, who’s not really taking your investment seriously, then maybe its time you talk to someone, before you lose even more. Maybe your ship is being held hostage by an unscrupulous shipyard, delinquent ship operators, or crooked port authority. No matter how you slice it, you are without your asset, and you need to talk to a professional…


Retreat in Whale Wars

February 17, 2011

Last week, Japan announced the cancellation of their whaling, huh, I mean “cetacean research” activities in antarctic for this year. The development was attributed to the constant pestering of the whaling fleet’s main processing vessel, Nissan Maru, by vessels of the environmental group Sea Shepperd Society. But with Australia citing a lack of confirmation by the Japaneses authority, this has lead the Sea Shepperd’s leader, Paul Watson, to question this…


20/20 is MariTech 2011’s vision

The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE) is the only professional organization in Canada, dedicated to Marine Engineering excellence at sea, in the design office, at the shipyard and in so many other aspects of the profession. This “not for profit”, fully democratic, national entity has branches across Canada, which serve as meeting points for branch members, and guest, interested in Marine Engineering. Each year, the CIMarE holds a technical…

February 3, 2011

Dear Canadian ISP: Cap this…

February 2, 2011

I am spreading the word of my extreme displeasure on new caps for my bandwidth, arbitrarily impose by my, and probable yours too, internet service provider. If you live in Canada, this may interest you. Why is it, that Shaw would charge me, under their new plans, ~$72 for my January usage of 90 gb of bandwidth (~$40 base for 60gb, $2 per GB over), while my website hosted in…


Pistons seek Independence

July 23, 2010

You know you’re having a interesting day, when a piston of your engine, winds up going through a nearby roof. Such was the case with Canadian National locomotive 2699, when it was going through the Louisiana town of Independence, earlier this year. The Dash 9-44CW locomotive is built by GE Transportation Systems based in Erie, Pennsylvania, and features a 4,400 horsepower, V16 turbocharged diesel engine, known as the GE7FDL16. Seems…