Piracy in graphics

May 11, 2012

Courtesy www.travelinsurance.org Piracy is out of sight out of mind for most people, but it remains a major problem to worldwide trade and a very specific and real trauma for seafarers and shipowners. The fine folks at Travelinsurance.org have put together a couple of infographics, visually summarizing the scope of the problem. Check them out. They are large files, so be patient in downloading. For more information on Piracy you…


Capt. Seog’s actions recognized by IMO

October 6, 2011

2011 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to go to piracy survivor From the latest IMO News Magazine The 2011 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will be awarded to Captain Seog Hae-gyun of the Republic of Korea, Master of the chemical tanker Samho Jewelry. He was nominated by the Government of the Republic of Korea for his heroic actions to keep his vessel and crew safe, while…


He doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does…

June 13, 2010

You may be aware of the title of this blog entry is a reference to a series of advertisements for Mexican beer, Dos Equis. The beer, I particular like, but the ads are pretty funny and over the top, extolling the accomplishment of the “most interesting man in the world”. This was one of the first thoughts that came to my mind, after I recently finished a copy of a…


Fame, perhaps fortune

May 26, 2010

The article below, recently published in Canadian Sailings Magazine, caught my eye, because it involves a good news story, about a burgeoning Canadian ship operator, who has given me some “great” memories. Great Lakes Feeder Line has recently taken possession of the a 1991 built vessel, destined for their Canadian market. Turns out their new ship has a bit of a storied past, which I am sure almost all of…


Spotlight on piracy

April 15, 2009

Well I must say, what an exciting week it has been on the international maritime scene. Aside from being on the ship and as sick as a dog, I was spellbound with all the latest news on the Maersk Alabama. It was bit hard to decipher facts from fiction and over dramatization, but for the most part I think the story was pretty well relayed in the media, considering the…


Siriusly interesting

February 8, 2009

I though it was a moot point to talk about the piracy situation in Somalia, since the coverage was so generally extensive in the industry and mainstream media. The Faina, a Russian roro carrying weapons, was released just a few days ago at a cost of 3.2 million as ransom. Its cargo of weapons and its dubious destinations, is sure to go on causing much human suffering, which the area…