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…


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…


BC Ferries moves to Cambodia

Aging Queen of Esquimalt ferry sold to buyer in ChinaVICTORIA – One of four B.C. ferries on the market has been sold.Canwest News Service, Saturday, July 12, 2008 The Queen of Esquimalt has been purchased by a buyer in China, BC Ferries representative Deborah Marshall said Friday. The company announced in January it was selling four of its oldest vessels: the Queen of Tsawwassen, Queen of Esquimalt, Queen of Saanich…

August 7, 2008

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…


Maritime industry sits in the basement

May 7, 2008

Looks like there is allot of activity at the site of the old Versatile Shipyards, bordering the Vancouver Dry dock. Seems the land developers have been salivating at the thought of some prime real estate on the north shore of Vancouver’s inner harbor. The property was last occupied by Versatile Shipyards, where during the second world war, they were a major contributor to the war effort building many ships. The…


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…


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

Another Majestic morning

April 11, 2008

Below are a couple of press releases from Majestic America Line, which operates numerous paddle wheeler on United States rivers and other waterways. Seems they had an early morning fire in the engine room of the Queen of the West, which forced the evacuation of the passengers. One other notable incident of late with Majestic, was the grounding of the Empress of the North in Alaska, its fourth grounding since…