Missing link(s)

February 15, 2014

Another day in Newfoundland, another blizzard Yes, I am back online, after a brief one week stint at home, from a salvage job in Ontario back in early January, I’ve been dispatched clear across the country, to Newfoundland. The first time I’ve spent any time Designated onboard smoking area in this far flung place, unfortunately, the near constant blizzards and remoteness of the dock has meant little sightseeing. The boat…


Don’t let your spouse see this…

January 5, 2014

The Rozen’s CE comforting the Cook I just finished watching a pretty powerful 2012 Danish film about piracy, called, A Hijacking (Kapringen) and I thought I’d share… Last year’s Hollywood block buster, Capt. Phillips, briefly introduced the general public to the very real problem that is modern day piracy. Obviously the message from Hollywood was the usual one, with easy answers found at the end of a gun, which, when…


Used but good… Almost never !

December 22, 2013

What makes you think I have more time to sort your shit out? My father in law is nearly in his nineties, having lived a full life, but with many hardships. They grew up in the time of the great depression, where all things were precious and should not be “thrown out”. I don’t entirely disagree with this philosophies, but one must come to grips with the realities of the…


Cold and desolate

December 10, 2013

Pulling up the barge’s spuds on a very chilly day We pulled stakes – literally, the barge was “staked” in – from Deception Bay about three weeks ago (as written at the time when I had no internet service). However the weather deteriorating, and not having an anchor on the barge, meant we steamed around the bay doing circles for three days. Yes, there is no more fun a sailor…


Far from home

I got home last week, but have been beset by “fires” which took priority over my online musings… but despite contracting a computer virus, not to mention the internet isolation of my last contract in the north, I hope to bring you a few steady musings over the next couple of weeks anyways. Speaking of isolation, Google has chosen to use a Marine Engineer on board a ship, to convey…

November 26, 2013

A little tweet of this and little tweet of that

September 20, 2013

Like most of you, summer is my busy time, just not online. Between work, the kids out of school, and various projects, like home renovations, there is little time else to dedicate to the website(s). However, I’m tweeting fairly regularly, this allows me to keep my “nose in the biz” without consuming vast amounts of precious time. So feel free to follow me on Twitter @dieselduckster, below is my “feed”……


Room and a Maritime Education

September 17, 2013

WMI’s Captain Bob Kitching stands in front of the institute’s new student accommodation building Western Maritime Institute (WMI) officially welcomed its first students into it’s new student housing building. A few weeks back, all the final touches and permits were completed on the brand new facility. Students enrolled at the maritime training school are now able to stay on site, at the campus, simplifying their life and reducing their overall…


Pressure is building: TC’s CoR

August 30, 2013

TC’s HQ in Ottawa I love what I do, working on ships as a Marine Engineer. It’s hard to classify one-self, but judging from recommendations I have received fairly consistently over the years, I say I’m certainly “average” in my work performance. With liking what I do, and being somewhat successful, it’s little wonder that I wish to progress in my craft, move up the ranks, and achieve a higher…