Used but good… Almost never !

December 22, 2013

What makes you think I have more time to sort your shit out? My father in law is nearly in his nineties, having lived a full life, but with many hardships. They grew up in the time of the great depression, where all things were precious and should not be “thrown out”. I don’t entirely disagree with this philosophies, but one must come to grips with the realities of the…

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Dayra Wood Pino, Engineering Cadet, RIP

September 12, 2012

How would you feel, sitting down for dinner in the ship’s mess, and knowing that for nearly three weeks, one of your dead crew mates has been lying in the ship’s cool room, next to the vegetables and foodstuff. Despite this, the vessel carries on calling at ports and handling cargo; business as usual. I suspect you would be pretty shaken up, I know I would be. Believe it or…

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Yet one more…

June 16, 2012

General Walter Natynczyk from CBC Yet another news story of note, to me anyways, again from the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national papers, is about the Canadian military’s top dog, General Walter Natynczyk lamenting the lack of steel cutting for new ships. I know the military is used to getting whatever it wants, but hey, welcome to the party General; just imagine how the Coast Guard guys feel…

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Christmas message confusion

January 2, 2012

A Canadian shipping company sent out Christmas cards this year, with a nice picture of one their ships, operating in the arctic. There was a passage inside the card, by Thomas Fuller, the English cleric who lived in the 16th century – I assume. ” he that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea ”  Now, I understand the power of quotes to invoke…

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Oh, give it rest!

June 6, 2010

Pardon my wholly lack of trust, in this most recent government announcement on Canadian federal shipbuilding plans. Could this issue be flogged any more by politician for cheap public thrills. Countless times over the last twenty years, we have heard these announcements, and year after year, millions of dollars are spent on design and consultations and general bureaucracy, and ultimately end up just like a fart in the wind. I…

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Thalassa in a major oops

February 14, 2010

A small explosion resulted in a fire on the tanker MV Thalassa Desgagnes, while she was in lay up at section 25 of the Port of Montreal, yesterday Saturday February 13th, 2010. Local news report have said that the fire was contained rapidly by 35 fire fighters who responded in eight trucks. The accident is said to have sent one man to hospital with burns to his face and arms…

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Ferry service awash in problems

November 20, 2009

It appears that all of the Canadian government operated vessels have reached their tolerance for chronic underfunding at once. The next 20 years should be a boom for the yards as vessels reach the end of their service life and need to be replaced. Marine Atlantic needs $1.5b, the auditor general tells OttawaBy STEPHEN MAHER Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — Auditor general Sheila Fraser has advised the federal government to pony…

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Dredging cabotage issues in Quebec

October 13, 2009

The 1180 gt MV Port Mechins dredge (pictured right), operated by Dragage Verrault of Quebec, dredging the St Lawrence under contract to the federal government for the last 30 years, has had its seaworthiness questioned by Transport Canada (TC). According to a recent article appearing on the Seafarer’s International Union (SIU) Canadian newsletter, TC refusal to extend the Seaworthiness certificate to the aging vessel, built in 1949 (yes, 1949), has…

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