New regs take effect

February 16, 2012

I was just thumbing through the new IMO news magazine, noticing some upcoming changes in taking affect after recent ratification, that may affect you at work. One is the new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) coming into force, under amendments of Marpol. The new regulations affect… “…emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from ships will be subject to more stringent controls than the limits…

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Users and dealers

August 16, 2011

Lately we’ve been seeing quite a few reports of incidents caused by improper switching of fuel when entering Emission Control Areas (ECA), which a new one seems to be popping up just about every week now. Mechanical issues are obviously a problem that will come up more frequently, when you are making these types of far reaching decisions. There is bound to be some equipment and people that are not…

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Your thoughts on MarPol

July 26, 2011

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is requesting your kind participation in an environmental survey they are currently conducting. They summarize their objectives with the following… “The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is a 117 year old professional Society based in the northeast US with 9,000 plus members. We are an international Society with active sections who host a number of events designed to stimulate…

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Got ORB issues?

April 4, 2011

Well, we are now operational, marauding the brown waters of the St Lawrence, after the usual rough start, to be expected after a long and clingy winter, we expect to load our first cargo of the season, tonight at the refinery. So it is now time to settle into the operational routine. One of those operational things is the maintenance of the oil record book (ORB). We are all familiar…

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Why TC does not comment

January 31, 2011

I was doing some research on another topic when I came across an interesting article from the Tyee, a BC based, shall we say, left leaning, epub. The articles chronicles the interaction of the paper, with Transport Canada, and their (varying) stance on crewing for tugs operating in Vancouver Harbour. The reason this subject has been in the news this past year, is that Alberta “tar sands” crude, and bitumen,…

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Old problems, new again

August 15, 2010

If been a couple of decades now, since the big push of the 80’s and 90’s to remove (at great expense) Asbestos on ships and buildings, especially in Canada. The use of Asbestos in ship construction was extensive last century, even though it was a well known hazard to human health, as far back as the 1920. Flash forward to 2010, and this interesting notice from GL (Germanischer Lloyd) advising…

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No corporate sponsors please

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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Delegation of duties

March 28, 2010

I am back at work, in full swing. After a quiet winter, on the “work front”, I rejoined the ship a couple of weeks ago, and have been up to my ears in work. Partly because the massive mess left by the crews, and their lack of professionalism, working over the winter months on various projects – main engine rebuild, 2 new generators, pipework, etc etc. We are almost all…

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