Safety’s fine, when you got the time…

March 4, 2008

I am not sure exactly who sent me the email, but it wasn’t from anyone with a maritime background. It was one of those forward thingies. It had been around and forwarded quite a few times, thats for sure. It went something like, “the reason why get such cheap goods from China, is that they don’t care for health and safety laws there.” Which I believe holds some truth; anywhere…

Read More >>

Gonna need one hell of a coat rack…

March 4, 2008

I had a good chuckle when I saw this article the other day… Ocean Ranger Cruise Ship Bill Introduced In CaliforniaEnvironment News Service, February 24, 2008 Sacramento, CA — Every cruise ship transiting California waters would carry an Ocean Ranger aboard to oversee wastewater discharge practices and the maintenance and operation of pollution control equipment if a bill introduced in the state Senate Friday becomes law. Senator Joe Simitian, a…

Read More >>

S.S. Caribou’s last surviving crew member dies

February 17, 2008

A bit of forgotten WWII history. John Matthews served on ferry sunk by U-boat in 1942By CORY HURLEY Corner Brook Western Star CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A man believed to be the last living crew member and one of the last known survivors of a German U-boat attack on the the S.S. Caribou off Newfoundland in 1942, has died.John Matthews, 84, passed away in hospital last Thursday after years of…

Read More >>

Marine Safety Introduces the Regulations Query System

I hope it is easier to navigate then their site !! As you are aware, the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) came into force on July 1, 2007. The CSA 2001 replaces the old Canada Shipping Act as the enabling legislation governing safety in marine transportation and recreational boating as well as for protection of the marine environment. To facilitate compliance with the CSA 2001, Transport Canada Marine…

February 13, 2008
Read More >>

Western Maritime Institute sets up shop on VI

February 9, 2008

Well he has done it. Capt Bob Kitching has closed the deal and Canada has a new maritime training facility called “Western Maritime Institute”. I was excited to hear about this new endeavor back in November, as it represents a great investment in our maritime community, and allows people to access training without having to spend an absurd amount of money in related housing and traveling expenses as it is…

Read More >>

Scientists target ships’ rock ’n’ roll

Navy Sailors will be happy about this!!! Unwanted vessel motion causes more problems than seasicknessBy CHRIS LAMBIE Staff Reporter Seasick sailors rejoice. Defence scientists are looking for a way to reduce the amount warships roll by half. “One of the aims is to increase crew comfort because ship motions have several effects on humans,” said Kevin McTaggart, an engineer with Defence Research and Development Canada. “The one that a lot…

January 18, 2008
Read More >>

Bangladesh in the maritime world

January 11, 2008

This neat article on Bangladesh and its maritime aspirations and achievements came across my desktop recently; I thought it quite insightful. I like the comment that marine engineers are regarded as equivalent to senior officials in government and in the private sector. Most modern countries see engineering officers as no more than a plumber or electrician. Interesting to read overall. Water World James Brewer, 5 December 2007 Lloyds List FEW…

Read More >>

Third man out

January 2, 2008

Transport Canada has changed the way voyages are classed. Minor Water Class 4 voyages were meant to have disappeared under the new CSA and so would many towboats operating with only two crew. This policy seems to be a classic “east of the rockies” decision, taken with little input from other stakeholder such as the west coast tug boat industry. For the time being, things will remains as they are….

Read More >>