The classical old Bob Dylan song holds true today as the times, vessels and their masters and crews change completely from the older days gone by, no longer the hardened usually unkept fishing skipper barking orders from an antiquated wheelhouse barely big enough to swing a dead cat as the vessel skims across a reef […]
NO water, NO keel,mega weight,huge windage,strong tide,under powered thrusters, 32 cars, 14 trucks, 312 pax…and man Iv’e got a headache! How do you handle a large vessel of 770 GRT 70mtr length and packed to the gunwhales with unpredictable cargo? Having spent considerable time as Master of these vessels, the number 1 rule I can […]
The Plimsoll line or International Load Line is designed to make sure the vessel has enough free board to operate in it’s designated waters. It was invented by Samuel Plimsoll in 1870. The vessel must have the correct buoyancy and center point of gravity to operate efficiently and safely. Water density and ocean conditions change […]
A main source of annoyance for many Captains of vessels is the dreaded ‘Weekend Warrior’. You know the ones, esky full of beer and bait, no food, no manners and no rules. This is a highly volatile situation if not handled correctly. Many Captains have come to realize that the argument will never be won […]
Masters and Crew: Be advised. Scam Alert: One of the latest email and ‘Letter of Offer’ to do the rounds. Location: India Pitch: Everything for nothing just pay to get your ‘Affidavit of Guarantee’ Host: Exxon Mobil (being used without knowledge) Exxon Mobil is one of the great company’s of the energy world. Presently there […]
Ships Tonnage Explained Deadweight/ Cargo/ Gross/ Net/ Displacement. Vesselpilots must at all times be acutely aware of where and how weight is positioned on his/her vessel. This article may assist in both explaining and clarifying the different weights terminology. There are five kinds of tonnage used in shipping. 1. Deadweight 2. Cargo 3. Gross 4. […]
Platform Support Vessel’s (PSV’s) as the name suggests supply oil rigs with ‘everything’ from crew to cargo and everything in between. Vessel Pilots mus be very experienced and have a high skill set in vessel handling as conditions and safety issues are all number one priority.
MV Quandamooka stern to at Cleveland landing. Landing a vessel of this size,weight and windage is an extremely difficult job, then put less than a metre of water under a no to little keel vessel, add 1000 gross tons, 400 souls and you can see the huge responsibility of Mastering these and any other vessel […]
Ocean going vessel’s either take supplies to sea or bring in supplies (catch) from sea, or a mixture of both. The life of a seafarer or fisherman is a wonderful life which teaches discipline, perseverance and patience. Conditions at times can be very harsh but then conditions at times make you feel like your the […]
Oil and gas fields cover the earth and because a couple of kilometres of salt water get in the way does not dampen the human spirit in finding and extracting these deposits. Vessel of all shapes and sizes are used and adapted in the pursuit of this lucrative commodity.