Fishermen at Milan Fashion Week

October 11, 2010

A group of researcher and clothing manufacturers are meeting in Spain this month, and the results could change the way seafarers, in the fishing industry in particular, perform their work. The group is midway in a four year European Union funded project to design work wear which will better protect seafarers. The project is called Safe @ Sea and brings scientists from various fields to design work wear that will…

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Not in the procedures

I finally made it home after my last contract, kissed the wife and promptly got a stomach flu bug. Ohh thanks luv ! But on the flip side, I got some sympathy and was allowed access to the computer, and found this little gem, for the SHE-Q guys to use for their “what not to do” on board. I guess that’s what happens after too many days at sea. And…

August 26, 2010
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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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From the Coach – A statue would have done just fine

July 24, 2010

Andrew J. Barberi was an American high school football coach; in 1981, New York City chose to name their newest passenger ferry between Manhattan and Long Island after him, to celebrate his long dedication to the community. Little did they know at the time, that the vessel would become quite well known in its own right. In 2003 the Andrew J. Barberi, with 1500 passengers on board, plowed into a…

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Oil biz is risky, duh !

May 1, 2010

I came across this insightful article from my Offshore Engineer magazine, and thought it would be well worth sharing, in light of what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico, with Transocean’s Horizon semisub rig. You can read a short bio on Matt Simmons here, and his website is here, where he has the actual presentation, a sobering look at the oil n gas biz, written about below, available for…

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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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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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