Another Fishing Boat Lost

On the East Coast another FV has suddenly sank, only two lives were lost this time. Two too many. In this day and age of safety and regulations that all professional mariners live by, it amazes me that this segment of the marine industry seems to slide below the radar. It is the same old story: Fatal sinking probe looks at load rules By MICHAEL TUTTON The Canadian Press The…

September 17, 2009

Now We Know What A Life Is Worth!!

It is over 12k at least!Edited to add:I was to say the least, skeptical about the 12k number that was used, for the costs of doing a stability test on a fishing vessel. It seemed rather outrageous, so being curious and having the contacts, I called a friend at a local naval architecture company and asked.Yes indeed, I was told, 12k would be about the price, in fact it was…

March 3, 2009

MarPol Squared

February 17, 2009

As you may be aware, the US Environmental Protection Agency was sued by environmentalist groups, and subsequently was ordered to implement regulations under the Clean Water Act which will affect discharges from vessels during normal operation. As a result, most commercial operators in US waters, are required to have a Vessel General Permit, which dictates various limits on 26 various streams of effluent from vessels. This new set of requirements…


Lungfull of Asbestos, brainfull of …?

September 27, 2008

I was just walking around Vancouver the other day, when something caught my eye in one of the storefronts. Being an avid enthusiast of all things ships, I was interested in the poster of an older ship. As it turns out, the storefront was the Church of Scientologist, and the ship was the Freewinds. The Freewinds is an older ship, formerly operated by Commodore Cruise line, but currently sits idle…


The Right Honorable Stevedore

This article really brings to light the excess and imbalance of security scrutiny placed on people involved in shipping. This articles deals with port workers, but just imagine how much less rights seagoing personnel have. This reflects a situation in Canada, but I am sure many other countries have similar situations of “security lunacy”. Martin Port workers and their spouses face more scrutiny than cabinet ministersDANIEL LEBLANC, With a report…

June 25, 2008

Ares’ end in Brownsville

May 11, 2008

When you think of ship breaking, you usually think of Alang in India, or Bangladesh, but I came across this neat article the other day which made me learn something new. Read on… Shipbreakers paying for shot at government shipsBy CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press Writer, May 11, 2008 BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The air tastes like pennies at this gritty port at the southern tip of Texas, where ships’ final voyages…


Sorry Gumby, time to go

April 24, 2008

Last meeting of the Vancouver Island Branch of the CIMarE I finally met Mr. Darren Williams and was re-introduce to the universal fit survival suit. He was there to introduce us to a problem that I thought was… oh hum – at first. I didn’t really think about it, as I imagine most really don’t, until it is too late. It was not long before Darren quickly illustrated the issues…


Safety’s fine, when you got the time…

March 4, 2008

I am not sure exactly who sent me the email, but it wasn’t from anyone with a maritime background. It was one of those forward thingies. It had been around and forwarded quite a few times, thats for sure. It went something like, “the reason why get such cheap goods from China, is that they don’t care for health and safety laws there.” Which I believe holds some truth; anywhere…