Category Archives: General

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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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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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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SHIPS WHISTLES

Press reports from Sydney, NSW this week describe distressed residents hearing a ships whistle every 2 minutes which kept them awake one morning this week when Sydney was covered by a thick blanket of fog. Many misinterpreted it as a … Continue reading

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Designed For Danger

This article highlights once again the paucity of good ergonomic standard bridge design often influenced by well meaning navel architects, salesmen of bridge equipment or retired naval officers who have had no or little practical experience in keeping a bridge … Continue reading

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Ship Pilot’s Perspective on What’s Happening to the U.S. Navy

By Captain Paul E. Lobo – As a retired Lieutenant-Commander in the US Naval Reserve, and a San Francisco bar pilot with over 31 years’ experience, I find the recent collisions of US Navy vessels and the resulting loss of life disheartening … Continue reading

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