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…


Classics, but hardly any diesels

March 2, 2010

After a successful first showing last year, the Montreal Classic Boat Festival is set to return to the picturesque old port area of Montreal. This year, over 50 classic boats will make an appearance for all to enjoy the fine care of a bygone era’s craftsmanship. The founder, and president of the festival is Simon Lebrun, a Master Mariner and Marine Pilot on the St Lawrence River, in Quebec. If…


Heros, ghost ship and Asbestos

October 16, 2009

When I started Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net in what will be ten year ago next month, there wasn’t any real sources of information online – real maritime content. I use to laugh at myself when “the best marine website” where nothing more than a series of links to other website which just listed more links to the same marine websites. That’s why I was never a really big…


running with scissors

June 26, 2009

BC Ferries is in cost cutting mode, citing a year over year drop of roughly 5% in traffic levels across the board, CEO David Hahn says the corporation is adopting tactics to bring expenses in line with revenue. In January, the company shed 35 senior management positions, along with 7 shore based unionized workers who accepted severance packages. At the end of their fiscal year, the company posted a sharp…


Gun’s sholder strap stuck in lathe

November 11, 2008

With the media spotlight coming to grips that a seafaring pirates is more than just a Disney character, and much more sinister, it was only a matter of time until the cowboys also had their time in the spotlight. Enter Blackwater; the US based private military corporation, which has taken some serious flack in Iraq for, shall we say, unscrupulous business practices, has offered up its services to the merchant…


“Ma” Green’s ghost to roam no more

October 30, 2008

Majestic America Line is force to say goodbye to a long time river queen. The Delta Queen, with a wooden superstructure, up until this year, had been granted an exemption to operate by the USCG and sail with overnight guess, which was granted every ten years, since 1968. The line’s website host some other articles and information on the ship and its fate. Below is an article that provides a…


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…


BC Ferries moves to Cambodia

Aging Queen of Esquimalt ferry sold to buyer in ChinaVICTORIA – One of four B.C. ferries on the market has been sold.Canwest News Service, Saturday, July 12, 2008 The Queen of Esquimalt has been purchased by a buyer in China, BC Ferries representative Deborah Marshall said Friday. The company announced in January it was selling four of its oldest vessels: the Queen of Tsawwassen, Queen of Esquimalt, Queen of Saanich…

August 7, 2008