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by D Winsor
Fri May 19, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1157

Re: Stellar Daisy

if you haven't seen it, there's been a commentary on the loss of the Daisy. There will be no investigation and the families are paid off. The definitive cause will never be known and the shredders have probably been working overtime. Part 1 talks about the Costa Concordia and how one man went to ja...
by D Winsor
Tue May 16, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Training Room
Topic: COC
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: COC

Where has everyone been? T/C have been giving out those laminated "Legal" size certificates for at least three years or more.
The fun part is finding a binder to hold them. You can't just stuff them in a pocket of a backpack or briefcase with your passport any more
by D Winsor
Tue May 09, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Somber Anniversary
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Somber Anniversary

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Westray Coal Mine Explosion when 26 men went to work and never came home again. Here in Canada, as a result of this disaster, laws have been changed giving workers many more rights with respect to workplace safety, but sadly there are still far too many that will...
by D Winsor
Fri May 05, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Something to puzzle over
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: Something to puzzle over

I was on a couple of vessels with an ICPP system that was installed after the vessel was built and we would shut the system off when the ship went into the Lakes. We were also told by the manufacturer that it would serve no real purpose while in fresh water because the system required salt in the wa...
by D Winsor
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Fatigue at sea
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Fatigue at sea

Seems that they don't "get it" as regards part II of the MPR. "Minimum Manning" regulations deal with safe navigation of a vessel. Mariners on "Safe Manning" documents are required to take a vessel from a departure port to an arrival port, that's all. It does NOT cover...
by D Winsor
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Fatigue at sea
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Fatigue at sea

I just read this article about reexamining Officers to insure proper qualifications & experience from one of Martin's Tweets However there was an interesting story in the comments on the particular story about a vessel loading Grain in Thunder Bay http://maritime-executive.com/article/to-reduce-...
by D Winsor
Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Stellar Daisy
Replies: 28
Views: 1157

Re: Stellar Daisy

Very few people at Sea have any understanding of the basics of their job any more, and the continuous pressure from management to have "perfect" maintenance records and freshly painted ships to impress Surveyors, is definitely undermining safety and proper maintenance. I couldn't agree mo...
by D Winsor
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Fatigue at sea
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Fatigue at sea

Oh Yes they are! A few years ago the group of Captains & Chief's from a former employer attended a seminar by a Marine School representative on "Helicopter Parents" and "Technology Addicted Students". He related the story of a Mother threatening the school for sending her son...
by D Winsor
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Fatigue at sea
Replies: 25
Views: 1106

Re: Fatigue at sea

Great post. One of my friends is still at sea as CE. He was telling me that there is hardly any troubleshooting abilities in his newer engineers. He is in his coveralls 12 hours a day. A far cry from the CE in his slippers and knowing only where the ER door is. I fear that if you had an old time Su...
by D Winsor
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: CR. Continued.
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: CR. Continued.

That makes sense. I did see the balancing holes on the wheel but I have seen in the past on the front end of some engines an integral torsional damper and ring gear for use as an auxiliary PTO for a hydraulic pump or something of that nature. I'm surprised however that when the bendix let go it didn...
by D Winsor
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: 700 billion shipbuilding plan?
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: 700 billion shipbuilding plan?

The whole problem, IMO, is the federal/provincial split. The feds bring in programs such as the shipbuilding plan, or new regulations. The provinces are responsible for the training and apprenticeship plans. The two don't seem to match up because of, dare I say, bureaucratic bungling, funding, gett...
by D Winsor
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: 700 billion shipbuilding plan?
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: 700 billion shipbuilding plan?

JK wrote:We can't even get our own up and running without bringing in temp foreign workers. The whole concept is a mess.


How much of the High priced "American" help brought in to manage "Our" programs will disappear?
by D Winsor
Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: CR. Continued.
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: CR. Continued.

First off it's fairly obvious as to the result of "What 'Appened 'Ere" is some of little bits, possibly used by a sensor to determine RPM or Crank angle, have been damaged or are missing all together Secondly in order figure out what caused "What's 'Appened 'Ere" it would help to...
by D Winsor
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: It's all about perspective!
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: It's all about perspective!

Over my years working for Algoma or "The Bear" as it is sometimes referred I have seen a number of different renditions of the "Bear" but this one is unique 8) I wonder who the artist was? One particular rendition occurred when a crew member made sure, while painting the Bear Log...
by D Winsor
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: STCW10 (Manila Convention) comes into force Jan 1 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 3972

Re: STCW10 (Manila Convention) comes into force Jan 1 2017

It just creates a zone restricted license system aligning engineers licenses with similar zone restrictions as are currently in force and have been for many years on the deck licenses.

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