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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A bolt offers lesson

December 29, 2009

On September 8th 1989, Norwegian airline Partnair, lost flight 394 with 55 souls on board, off the coast of Denmark. You may ask how exactly does an “old” air accident affect us in the marine industry. As it turns out, this particular accident had profound affect on the Wilhelmsen Lines, the prominent Norwegian shipping company. That fateful flight, had been chartered by the shipping company to attend the launching of…

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Santa’s coastie elves

December 6, 2009

Wow, what a busy time for us ducksters these last few months. I am back at work again and so far, knock on wood, no computer virus like last contract. Hopefully I will be getting back on top of the websites that have been neglected for some time. I have been so busy lately, that I almost forgot that Christmas was coming up. Yup there is… ah hell, whatever shopping…

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TSB Probe

August 21, 2009

This is rather interesting. Here in Canada there is no requirement for stability for fishing vessels. Fishermen, (or the really odd PC name Fisher), can literally make any modification to a vessel and not incline it to see if it is safe. They seem to sail by the seat of their pants, “the boat feels right” The fishers cite high costs of doing a stability study of their boats for…

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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…

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