Fond memories of Doxford

October 25, 2018

In an email from South Africa, John Scofield sent this in, after visiting the Doxford Opposed Piston section of the website. “ I was third mate of the KosmosV, a whale factory ship, in the early 70s by which time she had been renamed Suiderkruis, and just as l left, L’interpeche. Built in 1948, at Tyneside, it was an absolute delight to be in engine room at sea, with those…

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OCIMF releases new information paper Safety Critical Equipment and Spare Parts Guidance

April 6, 2018

29 March 2018 – (London) Addressing the need for clear and consistently applied definitions of ‘critical spares’ and ‘critical equipment’ across the industry, this information paper provides guidance on the identification of safety critical spare parts for companies to consider when preparing a Safety Management System (SMS). The paper, released on 29 March 2018, introduces some boundary conditions to consider and walks through several steps that may be required to…

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Recommendations for Oil and Chemical Tanker Manifolds and Associated Equipment

October 20, 2017

We are proud to present a new joint publication by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI). Recommendations for Oil and Chemical Tanker Manifolds and Associated Equipment provides clear recommendations and guidance for oil tankers, chemical tankers and dual classed oil/chemical tankers with the aim of achieving improved safety, standardisation and compatibility with terminal facilities. It supersedes the fourth edition of OCIMF’s Recommendations for…

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Improving safety in ice operations

October 20, 2017

St. John’s, NL – Rutter Inc. has announced the successful completion of a collaborative initiative with Statoil Canada Ltd. and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The joint effort to improve offshore oil and gas operations in harsh environments with ice conditions resulted in the development of new remote sensing technology used in the automatic detection and tracking of ice. The resulting ice analysis features integrated into Rutter’s sigma S6…

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ReCAAP and OCIMF cooperate against piracy

July 25, 2017

Fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships given a boost with cooperation between ReCAAP information sharing centre and OCIMF The safety of navigation is vital to the safety, security and economic activities of all stakeholders traversing sea routes in Asia—the region with some of the busiest seas in the world. Recognising this shared interest, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP)…

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Friends at Sea

June 25, 2017

Here’s a video I recently posted on my YouTube channel from a recent stint at sea. Filmed in June 2017, about 100 miles from Cape Hatteras, off the US east coast, we encountered many pod of dolphins (to be honest they may be purposes, I have no idea). This one pod was spotted far away coming towards the ship, not sure what they are attracted to in particular, but it’s…

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An Introduction to Marine Lubricants

May 11, 2017

10% pre-publication discount – offer ends 31 May 2017 An Introduction to Marine Lubricants  By Nigel Draffin ISBN: 978-1-908663-27-6 Price: £45.00 Publication date: June 2017 An Introduction to Marine Lubricants has been written by industry expert Nigel Draffin to shed light on marine lubricants and greases, a sector of the maritime industry that may be well understood by petroleum engineers and other specialists but for many remains highly complex and poorly-understood….

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A day at the port: Quebec City

May 23, 2015

Quebec City is always such a great place for ship lovers. It’s a bustling port, with lots of action to admire, and neat iron plying about. Today, I had the opportunity to visit some berth mates before I signed off, here are some pictures. River traffic is constant, above is Umiak 1 leaving for its monthly trip to northern Quebec, with supplies for the mines; then coming back loaded with…

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