The fast fat lady is singing

August 24, 2009

Those of you that have followed the last few blog entries here might be incline to say – Seaspan, yet again! No no, I am not obsessed with them, its just that I wait till I have a few small news bits before making a blog entry worthwhile, but then I start digging information and realize that there is more there than I thought – and thus the numerous blog…


A few tons here, a few tons there

August 18, 2009

Some long time followers of The Monitor, might remember a little blurb quite a few years back, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s plans to install a Wartsila 12V46 auxiliary engine on their Radiance Class ships. These ships were solely powered by two gas turbines when they came out of the Meyer Werft yard in the early 2000’s, making them environmentally friendly and ahead of their time, but unfortunately, not very…


Advanced vessel going to work for Portland, Maine

July 4, 2009

One of my favorite companies to deal with is located in Meteghan River. They do mainly American business due to the difference in the dollar. It is great to see that they are getting this attention for their work. N.S.-built fire boat heads south By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau METEGHAN RIVER — One of the most advanced firefighting boats in the world was launched this week from a Nova Scotia…


Not that size matters, but…

June 22, 2009

Oasis of the Seas is out on sea trials reports STX Europe’s website. The ship is pictured on June 09, 2009 leaving STX Europe’s Finnish yard in Turku. Oasis is by far, the largest passenger ships ever built, and is due for delivery to owners, Royal Caribbean International, and will be based in Ft Lauderdale starting in December 2009. You can find more pictures at RCI’s ship specific marketing website….


Joint CIMarE – SNAME all day event

April 28, 2009

It only happens once a year or so, but it is always well worth it and well attended. What is it ? Its the joint meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer (SNAME)- Northwest Branch and the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers (CIMarE). The full day of interesting discussion held this past weekend in Victoria BC, was topped off with a guided…


Icy warm welcome

February 5, 2009

I do apologize for the lack of recent post. Several factors have conspire to keep me away from the hobby I love doing, about the job and the industry we all share some fondness for. As I grow older I find myself being responsible. What happened! One minute I was in the pub “having a pint with the mates” not a care in the world, the next I have three…


Clash of the Titans

January 2, 2009

13,800 teu capacity MSC Daniela enters serviceCraig Eason, 23 December 2008 Lloyds List AS REPORTED in Lloyd’s List last week, Mediterranean Shipping Co has taken possession of its largest containership to date. The post-panamax MSC Daniela has the capacity to carry 13,800 teu. This is over 2,500 teu more than the published capacity of Emma Maersk, which gained so much attention when it was launched two years ago. MSC Daniela…


Sink or swim

November 28, 2008

Iain sent these pictures in of a LPG tanker launch in China. To me, it seems a bit of a rough launch and quite risky. Well you could certainly sustain allot of damage launching a ship that way, but I guess one must do what one must to get the job done. That’s an interesting point to ponder, what if they do some damage, do they have a drydock or…