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SMOKE SIGNALS – Michael Grey Lloyds List

SHIPPING has often been described as an industry that operates “on the frontier”, which could be taken to mean there are always many hostile tribes out there, which bear it no goodwill. Anticipating where the trouble will flare up next … Continue reading

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WELLINGTON BRANCH CHRISTMAS LUNCH

On Wednesday 14 November at the Bolton Hotel, twenty four members, wives, partners and guests sat down to the Branch’s end of year function. With crackers and party hats there was a Christmas spirit which added to the convivial atmosphere. … Continue reading

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SAD END TO WELL KNOWN NZ SHIP

The cement carrier WESTPORT which traded around the New Zealand coast for many years and is now now called FJORDVIK. Unfortunately she missed the entrance to the harbour of Helquvik, Iceland on 2 November 2018 and has ended up on the … Continue reading

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CARRYING THE CAN

Viewpoint from Lloyds List              25 Oct 2018 Michael Grey ISN’T it time that society sorted out the realistic responsibilities of a master? With the master’s responsibility increased, his authority constrained and his civil and criminal … Continue reading

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Wellington Branch – October Meeting

The fourteen members  who attended the lunch meeting today would have been more than just entertained by speaker Chris King, past Chairman of the Russian Convoy Club. Chris’s talk about his real life experiences when he sailed on a corvette … Continue reading

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ARE WE LOSING THE PLOT

ACX CRYSTAL (Philippines) / USS FITZGERALD In collision with US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald 56 nautical miles SW of Yokosuka 16 Jun 2017. Ar Yokohama 19 Jun. Sd 25 Jun. 09 MAY 2018 London, May 9 — A press report, dated today, states: The … Continue reading

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FOUNDER OF THE HONOURABLE COMPANY

Incorporated by Royal Charter, we are a City of London Livery Company with membership open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies. The Honourable Company of Master Mariners was founded by Sir Robert Burton-Chadwick, Bt  in 1926. … Continue reading

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MIND IN NEUTRAL Michael Grey from Lloyds List 03 August 2018

Why on earth do well-found ships, properly manned by certificated officers and crews, manage to run aground or collide, in circumstances that seem to defy rational explanation? There seems little excuse, in an era when circling satellites provide all the … Continue reading

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Collisions in Suez Canal

Collisions in Suez Canal Taken from Lloyds List 18 July 2018 It is not yet clear in full detail what happened, and how, in Suez Canal, probably later more details will come up. It was a major accident, which involved … Continue reading

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Wellington July Meeting

There were fifteen attendees at today’s monthly meeting Including Captain Michael Millar, our member and speaker. This was an acceptable number considering we are only a total of 49 including over 22 who come from both well out of town … Continue reading

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