Monday, March 26, 2007

BC Ferries not getting close to any sex

BC Ferries has just released its "in house" report of the sinking of the Queen of the North which, a little over a year ago, ran into gill island (hey... who put that island there) and sank. Seems like they leave no room for anyone to say that it was anything other than human error, although of course not assigning blame.

The rumors persist though, and I for one are more anxious to find out what the TSB report will say. In the past, they have been very detailed in their findings and in my view, more precise than one could expect from the company. Althought I am just on my way out the door, so I have not read thoroughly the report yet, but just in skimming it, its seems pretty thorough.

On a another note. Well I guess "having sex on the bridge" can finally be ruled out, since the ship was off course for a full 14 minutes, leaving thirteen and half minutes to change course. Sorry, bad joke, but I had to throw it in there...

Below is a story from the Marine L newsgroup....

Queen of the North Divisional Inquiry Confirms Vessel Did Not Change Course

Victoria BC March 26, 2007 - BC Ferries released the findings of its internal investigation into the March 22, 2006 sinking of the Queen of the North today.

The report concludes that the Queen of the North failed to make the required or any course changes at Sainty Point, and that the ship proceeded straight on an incorrect course for four nautical miles over 14 minutes until its grounding on Gil Island.

The Divisional Inquiry received information from the Transportation Safety Board, which successfully recovered the main computer and hard drive from the vessel’s Electronic Chart System ("ECS") and enabled their investigators to reconstruct the actual course and speed of the ship on March 22, 2006.

There was no evidence of alterations of speed at any time during the transit of Wright Sound, and the Queen of the North impacted Gil Island at 17.5 knots.

The Divisional Inquiry Panel concluded that human factors were the primary cause of the sinking of the Queen of the North.

The purpose of a Divisional Inquiry is to gather information regarding contributing factors and generate safety recommendations that can be applied fleetwide if necessary, to educate the fleet and prevent reoccurrence of a similar type of incident.

The report also makes 31 recommendations on equipment, bridge team, and emergency and evacuation procedures. Some of the recommendations have already been implemented and the rest will be acted upon.

To view the full report, visit http://www.bcferries.com/about/qnorthdivisionalinquiry.html

Monday, March 12, 2007

..and he could have gotten 3 BC Ferries Pacificats for that price!

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. been very busy lately, just started a new job as well, but this story was just too incredible to pass up. Its just amazing how much money some people have...

Martin


A mysterious Russian billionaire is building a yacht, worth 140 million pounds, in Genoa. It boasts seven decks, two helicopter pads and storage space for a submarine. The future owner’s name is kept secret, but it is not Roman Abramovich, the well-known Russian owner of the Chelsea Football Club.

Britain’s Sunday Telegraph reported that the yacht, which is to be completed in 2010, measures 438 feet long. It will have a 60-strong crew to entertain guests in 15 state rooms fitted with the latest entertainment systems, gold and marble bathroom fittings and Jacuzzis.

The vessel’s top deck will be divided into three areas; an arch with a heli-platform, an enclosed gym with 360 degree views and a sun deck.

As work on the vessel — known only as “Hull 6154” - began on Saturday, March 10, experts predicted the project will spark a battle between billionaires who see so-called “giga-yachts” as the ultimate status symbol.

Nick Griffiths, the managing director of Ancasta, one of Europe’s largest yacht brokers, said Hull 6154 was generating “a huge buzz” in yachting circles.

“The market is awash with super yachts being built right now and it’s the Russians who are driving it,” he said. “For them it is all about who has got the longest boat, the highest mast and the best fittings. From my experience, the Russian oligarchs are prone to building these boats as
status symbols. Often they are more enthusiastic about the elaborate design of the boats than what they use them for.”

Hull 6154, which is being built by Fincantieri, one of the world’s leading yacht builders at its base in Genoa, was commissioned through London-based Camper and Nicholsons International, one of the leading brokerage companies on the yachting market. The interiors are being designed by the British-based designer Pascale Reymond. The name of the client remains a secret.