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…


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…


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…


Scientific Victoria

July 9, 2009

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is not really the most recognized name in ocean science circles, the yocals call it the land of the “newly weds and nearly deads”. The city often sees many visiting cruise ships and mega yachts, but lately, the harbour front is playing host to some pretty neat ships with grand aims of scientific discoveries. First off, the Joides Resolution is back in town for a stopover….


Rogues at sea

June 18, 2009

A video review of 2002 documentary “Freak Wave” Rogue waves are stuff of legends and seagoing folklore, at least that’s been accepted for in marine engineering and naval architecture circles for years. Reports of incredible damage, disappearance of ships under mysterious circumstance have been gathering quite a bit of media coverage in the last decades. Freak Wave, a 2002 documentary style show, co produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel,…


Not your average barge

February 16, 2009

Gazprom, Russia largest company, is reportedly the first company planning to employ five floating nuclear power plants from Russian state agency Rosatom, responsible for the vessels development and operation. They are reportedly planning to use them as energy source, for their exploration and production endeavors in the Russian arctic. The first nuclear barge, Academician Lomonosov, began construction in April 2007 at the Sevmash Submarine-Building Plant in Severodvinsk, with a planned…


Quiet loo

February 14, 2009

Its not everyday that you get news of commode developments. These should of course come as a great step forward in human development; after all no, matter what color or creed your are, these developments affect us all. And on a ship, flushing a vacuum toilet can sometimes disturb a sleeping coworker, or even ruin hopes of going back to sleep quickly after a drowsy trip to the loo. I…


Norwegians get gassy

October 8, 2008

Norwegian based Sea Cargo, currently operating a fleet of 8 versatile ro-ro cargo ship in the North Sea since 2001, is believe to be the first company to ever order ships which will be solely fueled by Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). Four ships have been ordered, with an option for four more; of the four to be built, two of them to be LNG fueled the other two with standard…