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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Spotlight on piracy

April 15, 2009

Well I must say, what an exciting week it has been on the international maritime scene. Aside from being on the ship and as sick as a dog, I was spellbound with all the latest news on the Maersk Alabama. It was bit hard to decipher facts from fiction and over dramatization, but for the most part I think the story was pretty well relayed in the media, considering the…


Now We Know What A Life Is Worth!!

It is over 12k at least!Edited to add:I was to say the least, skeptical about the 12k number that was used, for the costs of doing a stability test on a fishing vessel. It seemed rather outrageous, so being curious and having the contacts, I called a friend at a local naval architecture company and asked.Yes indeed, I was told, 12k would be about the price, in fact it was…

March 3, 2009

Not your average comedy

November 2, 2008

This little story was sitting in my inbox for a while, but I couldn’t delete because I though it was interesting what happen on the car carrier Figaro and wanted to share it. You can find the full MAIB report in the Ship’s Library. Like usual, Michael Grey from Lloyds List writes a informative piece below on the events. Everytime I see those CO2 alarms in protected space, I wonder…