Seaspan crew in crash – update

August 14, 2008

This post is a follow up on the airplane crash that occurred two weeks ago on Vancouver Island, claiming the life of 5 people, 4 of them, employees of Seaspan, a large marine services company based in Vancouver BC. The following men were involved in the accident… Terry Axton, 51, of Maple Ridge. He was a loader, employed with Seaspan for 30 years. He leaves a partner and two children…


4 Seaspan crew perish in airplane crash

August 4, 2008

Some very sad news tonight, as I have just logged on to read of this tragedy. I just saw the Seaspan King the other day in Howe Sound. They tow a log barge and most likely the men that perished were the “loaders”. They usually fly in to join the vessel and operate the cranes that load logs onto the barge, once the tug gets to the load site. Once…


Tug porn

May 28, 2008

I sailed with this guy, one day he comes up to me and says hey buddy do you have any tug porn? I believe this link would probably make him happy. Ever wanted to drive a tractor tug? Well at Voight Schneider’s website, you can try your hand at handling a tractor tug. A pretty neat simulator.


Western Maritime Institute sets up shop on VI

February 9, 2008

Well he has done it. Capt Bob Kitching has closed the deal and Canada has a new maritime training facility called “Western Maritime Institute”. I was excited to hear about this new endeavor back in November, as it represents a great investment in our maritime community, and allows people to access training without having to spend an absurd amount of money in related housing and traveling expenses as it is…


Third man out

January 2, 2008

Transport Canada has changed the way voyages are classed. Minor Water Class 4 voyages were meant to have disappeared under the new CSA and so would many towboats operating with only two crew. This policy seems to be a classic “east of the rockies” decision, taken with little input from other stakeholder such as the west coast tug boat industry. For the time being, things will remains as they are….