Mr. Duck goes to Ottawa

April 13, 2012

I am at the airport now, about to leave Ottawa after five days here, heading back home for a few days before going back to sea. I arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, and enjoyed our nation’s capital by visiting the parliament building, the war museum, and extensively walking around the downtown core, taking in the sights and experiences. On Tuesday, the true purpose of my visit, attending Mari Tech 2012,…

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Users and dealers

August 16, 2011

Lately we’ve been seeing quite a few reports of incidents caused by improper switching of fuel when entering Emission Control Areas (ECA), which a new one seems to be popping up just about every week now. Mechanical issues are obviously a problem that will come up more frequently, when you are making these types of far reaching decisions. There is bound to be some equipment and people that are not…

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Your thoughts on MarPol

July 26, 2011

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) is requesting your kind participation in an environmental survey they are currently conducting. They summarize their objectives with the following… “The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is a 117 year old professional Society based in the northeast US with 9,000 plus members. We are an international Society with active sections who host a number of events designed to stimulate…

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Free admission to marine engineering exhibitors at Maritech

Just came back from Victoria, taking a break from my husband and father duties while on my days off the ship. I am attempting to complete laying new flooring in our little house, easy enough to do, but you have to budget a considerable amount of time chasing the piece and tools from the three little helpers. ehehehe, its a whole different story. The bulk of my “work brain time”…

April 27, 2011
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Floating Green Lab

January 24, 2011

Furthering a story which we brought you over two months ago; UVic (the University of Victoria) is officially confirming the acquisition of the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Tsekoa II. They are also announcing nearly $18 million in funding, from the Federal and Provincial Government for the ship, and an expansion of the Venus project – an underwater observatory in waters of Saanich inlet. The majority of the funding is to…

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No corporate sponsors please

August 7, 2010

I stumble upon a website containing a great deal of information, that certainly make interesting reading at the least, and perhaps offers insight into our own operational shortcomings. I am posting their “about us” area of the site, as I found it does a good job at summarizing a situation considered “normal” nowadays, not just with tankers, but with pretty much all ships, in my view. The site is the…

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A brat in my backyard

May 18, 2010

Well its been a couple of weeks since my last tweet, sort of speak. In that time, I, and the domestic compensation unit, aka “the wife”, have been very busy in the back yard, turning it into a safe and cozy refuge from the “stormy seas” outside. This entailed building about 200 feet of wood fencing, and about a dozen pick truck loads of whatever, but always damn heavy. With…

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Check, please…

October 29, 2009

The 28th of October, 2009, was a special day. Not only was it my brother’s birthday, Happy Birthday Bros ! But it was also the day that STX Europe got a very big check from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. That’s right, the line’s newest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, also the world’s biggest passenger ship, ever, has been officially delivered to its new owners by the Turku Yard of…

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