Why TC does not comment

January 31, 2011

I was doing some research on another topic when I came across an interesting article from the Tyee, a BC based, shall we say, left leaning, epub. The articles chronicles the interaction of the paper, with Transport Canada, and their (varying) stance on crewing for tugs operating in Vancouver Harbour. The reason this subject has been in the news this past year, is that Alberta “tar sands” crude, and bitumen,…

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That gentle glow, more than a nice sunset…

January 18, 2011

A shipment of Uranium concentrate was damaged on a cargo ship, during rough seas, while in transit from Vancouver to China, between Hawaii and Midway, in the Pacific. Two drum like containers, came loose from what I understand to be a larger shipping container, and have spilled their content into the ship’s hold. The ship, the MCP Altona, was instructed to return to Canada by the Uranium’s producer, Cameco, to…

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Wilde times with Mary

December 6, 2010

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has a couple of recent safety bulletins that may affect you, in your job as seagoing engineer. The one that caught my eye recently, is a Harmonic Filter failure in the propulsion system of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Harmonic Filters, a bank of capacitors, are generally part of any modern Diesel Electric propulsion system, used to stabilize and “clean” the network. The internal…

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“Cost cutting” and other great corporate ideas

November 25, 2010

I am back at work and dealing with the adjustment phase, setting the agenda for the month. Of course thats why I don’t end up having too much spare time writing new entries during this transition phase, but here it is. Another little random comment. I was in my bunk last night, watching a couple of interesting programs on the recent disastrous, BP led project in the Gulf of Mexico,…

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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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