Watchful eye, guiding voice

October 8, 2012

The US Coast Guard celebrates forty years of Vessel Traffic Services. Natham Bradshaw of the USCG writes the article below, giving us a glimpse of their work. All professional mariners are well aware of the guiding hand of vessel traffic services, in the US and in Canada, this offers us a rare glimpse of this world, especially as it pertains to southern BC waters. USCG Vessel Traffic Service celebrates 40…

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Mona Lisa’s smirk

February 29, 2012

I came across a program spearheaded by the Swedes, being co-funded by the European Union, which may raise some eyebrows with our Deck Officer friends. The program is called Mona Lisa, and it involves directing ship traffic in the Baltic much like air traffic is controlled. Meaning very tightly. Below is a video that explains the project. There is some interesting features of the idea in there, that made my…

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Too bad he was not hanging on to it…

November 30, 2010

Rick Ehlert is dumb. Drunk or not, one should realize the implications of releasing a ship’s anchor weighing 28,000 lbs, and letting free fall from its pocket. But apparently a drunken Rick did just that over the weekend, on Holland America’s MV Ryndam. The ships was on route from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya when he made his way to the aft mooring deck undetected and released the anchor while…

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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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A trojan on your subsea tree

June 30, 2009

Its been slow this month on board. The economic downturn has hit the shipping industry in Canada pretty hard. Luckily for us, its quite slow but were are still operating, albeit at a much slower pace then years past, which has given me some time to catch up on my movie viewing. As a result, you’ve seen several post on The Monitor reviewing various maritime theme presentations. Well one movie…

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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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The Right Honorable Stevedore

This article really brings to light the excess and imbalance of security scrutiny placed on people involved in shipping. This articles deals with port workers, but just imagine how much less rights seagoing personnel have. This reflects a situation in Canada, but I am sure many other countries have similar situations of “security lunacy”. Martin Port workers and their spouses face more scrutiny than cabinet ministersDANIEL LEBLANC, With a report…

June 25, 2008
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Life on a container ship

May 8, 2008

In april 2008, Lloyd’s List ran these great, insightful, pieces by Richard Meade, on life at sea as he experienced it, riding along with a ship’s crew. I don’t have all the parts, I think there is four or five, but the following three, I really enjoyed reading. The first is about his “signing on” the CGM CMA container ship Puget. The second part is about the various crew members,…

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