A time for farewell

April 24, 2009

A friend of mine sent me this picture this morning, the only time this will ever happen. The retiring Queen of Prince Rupert makes her final farewells to the city of Prince Rupert on BC Northern Coast. Accompanied by the MV Northern Adventure, middle and the new and much bigger MV Northern Expedition at the top of the picture. That would have been a pretty neat picture to have the…

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SMITen’ with Minette

April 1, 2009

To most industry watchers in the area, this little blurb on SMIT’s takeover of Prince Rupert based Minette Bay Ship Docking probably comes as no surprise. Rotterdam based tug and salvage giant SMIT, gained a foothold in Canada when it acquired the assets of Rivtow, back at the turn of the millennium. Fledgling at the time, Rivtow was a shadow of its former self, but remained an icon of the…

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Vancouver’s loss

March 20, 2009

Not so good news for the Vancouver port. Below is a news story from local radio station CKNW. Here is another article from Victoria’s Times Colonist. Although posting higher then expected profits for the year, 10% for the fiscal year, year over year, Carnival and rival, Royal Caribbean, are cutting capacity to Alaska in 2009, citing a challenging market – including the Alaska head tax and plunging bookings. Here’s the…

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Set for an Expedition

March 8, 2009

So the big news this weekend, around these parts, is the arrival of BC Ferries’ new ro-pax ferry MV Northern Expedition. The new vessel docked in Nanaimo last night, after being at sea for a little over a month and traveling just under 10,000 nautical miles from the FSG Shipyards in Flensburg, Germany, where it was built. The new vessel just about caps the company’s massive fleet revitalization program (there…

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$2 million bolts

March 8, 2009

The lynx is gone, but the legal wranglings continue. The Nanaimo Harbour Lynx faced a critical blow to their cash flow when it blew the starboard engine, just a little under two years ago. The company that ran it, investors from Victoria, went into bankruptcy and ceased to operate shortly after. The boat was subsequently repaired and purchased by a third party, who tried to make a go of it,…

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Silence over ruled in Supreme Court

November 8, 2008

The queen of the north accident has now firmly entered into the legal brawl stage. One of the first shots from the court rooms, from the Supreme Court of BC no less, comes in the form of support for a labour relations ruling, on whether or not the crew had the right to remain silent, on the events surrounding the grounding on Gill Island, and subsequent sinking, of the passenger…

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Three crewmen jump ship, one found dead

October 14, 2008

The incident reported on in the article below, is a far to frequent occurrence in Canadian ports. Sadly. The Tokyo Marine branded chemical tanker was built in 1996 and this company’s ships are a common sight in the port of Vancouver. I hope the two other men who jumped from the Panamanian flagged MV Ginga Falcon are ok. The ship is operated by Tokyo Marine a division of Japan’s Mitsui…

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A bit of BC on the Queen

October 13, 2008

BCIT’s first Marine Engineering student heads to New York to complete program aboard RMS Queen Mary 2 BURNABY, BC: For the first time ever, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Marine Engineering student Matthew Thomas will head to New York where he is scheduled to board Cunard Line’s world-renowned ocean-liner, RMS Queen Mary 2. As part of his third co-op work term at the BCIT Marine Campus (BMC), Matthew will…

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