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…


Maritime industry sits in the basement

May 7, 2008

Looks like there is allot of activity at the site of the old Versatile Shipyards, bordering the Vancouver Dry dock. Seems the land developers have been salivating at the thought of some prime real estate on the north shore of Vancouver’s inner harbor. The property was last occupied by Versatile Shipyards, where during the second world war, they were a major contributor to the war effort building many ships. The…


“Fun Ship Freddy” sheds a tear

May 2, 2008

The 8,912 dwt, 1956 UK-built passenger ship “The Topaz ” was sold last week to Indian shibreakers at $670 per ldt, with delivery at Singapore. “The Topaz” was built as Canadian Pacific’s “Empress of Britain”, in 1975, when I was barely three years old, the ship was bought by cruise company upstart, Carnival Cruise Line. Back then they called her Carnivale, with that familiar namesake becoming synonym with the company’s…


Bangladesh in the maritime world

January 11, 2008

This neat article on Bangladesh and its maritime aspirations and achievements came across my desktop recently; I thought it quite insightful. I like the comment that marine engineers are regarded as equivalent to senior officials in government and in the private sector. Most modern countries see engineering officers as no more than a plumber or electrician. Interesting to read overall. Water World James Brewer, 5 December 2007 Lloyds List FEW…


SOLAS will retire classics

November 29, 2007

Solas 2010 signals death knell for ‘classic’ cruiseshipsBy Mike Hood, June 2007 Lloyds List THE fast approaching implementation date of Solas 2010 will have a severe impact on the shape of the existing world cruiseship fleet as the future of a number of ‘classic’ cruise vessels is in doubt. British operator Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is one of the first operators to confirm a ship loss due to the new…