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G CAPTAIN on ACX CRYSTAL v FITZGERALD COLLISION

By Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) Every ship, regardless of nationality or purpose, is required to carry one terse book. This book is titled the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions but is better known by its acronym “COLREGS”. The chapters are short … Continue reading

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USS FITZGERALD v ACX CRYSTAL

In the same bit of sea from Lloyds List 19 Jun 2017 Micheal Grey AMID all the larger tragedies in recent days, the fatal collision between the US warship USS Fitzgerald and the containership ACX Crystal, 56 miles off the … Continue reading

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PASSING DOWN THE KNOWLEDGE

by Michael Grey WHO remembers this helpful advice — “when in danger, or in doubt — run in circles, scream and shout”? That is not entirely correct; the real advice, written in night order books in every language, on every … Continue reading

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HISTORY OF OTAKI SCHOLAR

This year marks the centenary of the sinking of the NZ Shipping Company vessel OTAKI which ultimately resulted in the senior boy from the Master’s old school – Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen – being taken to New Zealand and return … Continue reading

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Captain IFOR BODVEL OWEN 19 February 1930 – 01 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we learn of Captain Ifor Owen’s death on 01 February at home after a very  short illness. Our sincere condolences to Clare his wife of 60 years and their family. Ifor, a very proud … Continue reading

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ALISTER MACALISTER

The death occurred last week in Wellington of ALISTER MacALISTER QSM. Alister was a member of the Wellington Branch for many years and the Company’s Honorary Solicitor. He served in the RN during the second world war and was a … Continue reading

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LESS AUTHORITY BUT MORE RESPONSIBILITY – A GROWING PROBLEM

The position of the Ship Master, apparently enshrined in centuries of law, custom and practice, is showing evidence of strain in the light of 21st century ship operation and management. The Master’s traditional authority is widely perceived as being diminished … Continue reading

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VALE

It is with regret that we report the deaths of two former members of our company. Ian Mackay K.St.J., LLB,  Master Mariner, Barrister and Solicitor, passed away on 15 August. He obtained his Masters Certificate when with Port Line. On coming … Continue reading

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HANJIN: TIP OF THE ICEBERG

From Lloyds List Friday 23 September 2016 by Paul Slater The Hanjin bankruptcy came as no surprise as its attempts to restructure and reduce its commitments to the very large number of chartered-in ships failed. The complexity of the effects … Continue reading

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MERCHANT NAVY DAY

Merchant Navy Day,  03 September 2016, was celebrated at various ports around New Zealand. In Wellington, a service was held in the Hall of Memories, National War Memorial attended by 12o invited guests. Outside the New Zealand Red Ensign was … Continue reading

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