Wife of the Seafarer

October 3, 2008

On September 20th, 2008, IMO Secretary-General Mitropoulos unveiled the International Memorial to the “Wife of the Seafarer” in the Greek town of Galaxidi. As the article below eloquently states, the people we leave behind as we head to sea, often feel a great deal of anguish and need an equal amount of courage. The statue, pictured below, is a beautiful work who’s time is definately overdue. Galaxidi is a small…

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Canada Marine Day

September 2, 2008

MP champions Canada Marine DayAlex Binkley, Canadian Sailings, July 14, 2008A Conservative MP is trying to make Canada Marine Day a nationally recognized annual event every May 26. Mike Wallace, from Burlington, Ont. (pictured), has introduced a private member’s bill in Parliament to recognize the importance of marine transportation to the prosperity of Canada. The marine industry has played a vital role in the development and growth of Canada, said…

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Who needs a drink when you are working 14hrs a day

August 28, 2008

Fatigue poses similar risks to alcoholMission to Seafarers newsletter Dec 07 A study by Sweden’s National Road and Transport Research Institute has found that fatigue can have a similar effect on ships, officers as drinking alcohol. The report “Fatigue at Sea: a field study in Swedish shipping“, found that risks were particularly high where a two-watch system was used with “really high levels of fatigue in 2.5 per cent of…

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“Web Port” for international seafarers

August 22, 2008

I came across this little gem of a website the other day. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has a long tradition of benefiting the international seafarers, especially those of impoverished nations. They have put their heads together and designed a cool new web site, with a focus on use by seafarers themselves. I encourage you to check the many feature such as maritime news, ship searches, port guide, forum…

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Seaspan crew in crash – update

August 14, 2008

This post is a follow up on the airplane crash that occurred two weeks ago on Vancouver Island, claiming the life of 5 people, 4 of them, employees of Seaspan, a large marine services company based in Vancouver BC. The following men were involved in the accident… Terry Axton, 51, of Maple Ridge. He was a loader, employed with Seaspan for 30 years. He leaves a partner and two children…

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Mighty cool show

August 14, 2008

I just finished catching the second half of Discovery Channel’s Mighty Ship. If you are in North America, I am pretty sure you can catch this new series on your local cable TV signal. In Canada its on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, 21:00 hrs – which I believe repeats every four hours after, for the duration of the day. I was pretty impressed with the quality of the show and…

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Eurotrip without Club VanderSexx

July 4, 2008

I wrote this email to my friends and family while on my latest contract at sea. I edited a little but I hope you enjoy the insight as I reproduce it here. – Martin I am pretty much half way between Europe and North America in the North Atlantic as I write this. I was sleeping but the weather has deteriorated, making sleep somewhat impossible. I flew to Amsterdam about…

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Two for me, one for me

From my travels I have observed an imbalance in the UK system of licensing and wages, I have not experienced it myself (at least in the negative sense) but I am aware it exist. The article below brings it out in the open. For some in other parts of the world, this system of varying pay for varying locations of home smells of discrimination. Perhaps it the norm from the…

June 29, 2008
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