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…

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Sorry Gumby, time to go

April 24, 2008

Last meeting of the Vancouver Island Branch of the CIMarE I finally met Mr. Darren Williams and was re-introduce to the universal fit survival suit. He was there to introduce us to a problem that I thought was… oh hum – at first. I didn’t really think about it, as I imagine most really don’t, until it is too late. It was not long before Darren quickly illustrated the issues…

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Easter Bunny visits Transport Canada

Over the long Easter weekend, March 21-24, enterprising thieves rummaged through the federal government building at 1230 Government Street in Victoria, BC. Sources for Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net say the thieves had a “all access” electronic pass card, allowing them full access, which they used, as they repeatedly came and carted off stolen goods over the duration of the long weekend. It appears the theft was general in…

April 18, 2008
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Marine Safety Introduces the Regulations Query System

I hope it is easier to navigate then their site !! As you are aware, the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) came into force on July 1, 2007. The CSA 2001 replaces the old Canada Shipping Act as the enabling legislation governing safety in marine transportation and recreational boating as well as for protection of the marine environment. To facilitate compliance with the CSA 2001, Transport Canada Marine…

February 13, 2008
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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….

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Canada Ship Owners and regulators – Take notice

December 17, 2007

This interesting article came across my desk the other day. Its sad to hear of such a disaster hitting Russia, but one wonders if in the aftermath, there isn’t an important message for Canada in there. Canada which relies a great deal on much older tonnage than cited in the article (25 years old). More about this event at the BBC’s website, and the CS Monitor. – Martin Black Sea…

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TSB, BCFC and Cannabis

Now I realize that the wheels of TSB grind slowly, but this release from yesterday made me go Hmmm. A Board Concern that takes a year to release and concerns about possible cannabis use onboard by the crew on a Ferry. The same crew who is presumably manning another ship for the year it took for this Board Concern to be released.Yet TSB wants BCFC to review their policy without…

October 18, 2007
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Queen of the North is about to make the news again

October 1, 2007

This article in the Globe and Mail caught my eye. Ms Hunter gives us some insight and pokes at the parties who I believe should feel uncomfortable, when the TSB report on the Queen of the North ferry sinking last year. The article gives us some pretty good overview of ferry operators in the region as well. I am familiar with Bob Beadell, an avid sports enthusiast and all around…

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