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Search: Posts Made By: Blackal
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 22nd August 2019, 07:12
Replies: 82
Views: 25,258
Posted By Blackal
Hi Norrie, There is a facebook group "An Even...

Hi Norrie,
There is a facebook group "An Even Curiouser Venture" devoted to Harrisons, Stirling and Western Ferries. You may find a lot of info and even old shipmates. You can request to join.
...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 20th April 2018, 08:40
Replies: 82
Views: 25,258
Posted By Blackal
Been off this site for a while, it seems. I...

Been off this site for a while, it seems.

I remember Al Joa - always the same wave of the hand as he went off watch, with “Everything is alright, you know”. Nice fella.

Willie Hastings is...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th November 2017, 15:11
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By Blackal
My father did the 51/52/53 seasons down in S...

My father did the 51/52/53 seasons down in S Georgia for Salvesons (and one winter refit) - I make no apologies for it. It was simply what was done back then. Some people would make out it was akin...
Forum: Ellerman 14th September 2017, 13:35
Replies: 22
Views: 3,677
Posted By Blackal
Bareboat is where the owner - charters the vessel...

Bareboat is where the owner - charters the vessel to an operator, on a "bareboat" basis.

It is normally a long term charter (say - up to 5yrs), and all running costs are down to the operator. ...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th September 2017, 12:20
Replies: 57
Views: 4,107
Posted By Blackal
I suspect that there was little money to be made...

I suspect that there was little money to be made out of the disposal of the vessels, therefor safety was perhaps lower down the priority list than a client-driven project.
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th September 2017, 11:49
Replies: 57
Views: 4,107
Posted By Blackal
You'll never be convinced by reason. But -...

You'll never be convinced by reason.

But - this is, after all...... a site for 'nostalgia'.
Forum: The Engine Room 14th September 2017, 11:46
Replies: 94
Views: 17,537
Posted By Blackal
Due to a very small shortfall in sea time to sit...

Due to a very small shortfall in sea time to sit my Class 2 Motor, I had to take the Class 4 exam - should have been a scoosh!

The examiner (Southampton - can't remember the name) - was ancient,...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th September 2017, 11:27
Replies: 12
Views: 1,089
Posted By Blackal
A well-written article.

A well-written article.
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th September 2017, 09:52
Replies: 57
Views: 4,107
Posted By Blackal
On major project or constituent parts - the task...

On major project or constituent parts - the task is reviewed upon completion, where lessons learned are explored (on a well-run project, at least)

In a system using Task Risk Assessments - there...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 13th September 2017, 20:10
Replies: 57
Views: 4,107
Posted By Blackal
The mariner does spend his life doing risk...

The mariner does spend his life doing risk assessments, and in the past - many were prepared to 'play the odds' with their own and with others' lives. Risk assessments 'should' encapsulate those...
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd April 2016, 19:08
Replies: 82
Views: 14,614
Posted By Blackal
No idea about that, but................ ...

No idea about that, but................

Ever since I was 4yrs-old - I wanted to be a Marine Engineer.


Now - I are one! (Thumb)

Al
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 3rd April 2016, 18:50
Replies: 26
Views: 3,784
Posted By Blackal
Thanks for that - makes sense. Al (Thumb)

Thanks for that - makes sense.

Al (Thumb)
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 3rd April 2016, 10:07
Replies: 26
Views: 3,784
Posted By Blackal
Burial at sea

Clipper Race death: Sarah Young buried at sea.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sailing/35949645

Is it kosher to carry out a burial at sea, without an investigation into the death, and authorisation...
Forum: The Engine Room 24th February 2016, 18:06
Replies: 12
Views: 2,460
Posted By Blackal
United Engines (they marinise Detroit Diesels) -...

United Engines (they marinise Detroit Diesels) - produced engines in vanilla paint with chrome features.
Forum: Offshore Oil & Gas Industry 22nd October 2015, 10:03
Replies: 6
Views: 2,196
Posted By Blackal
Could be anti-pollution chemicals? If you are...

Could be anti-pollution chemicals? If you are building a model - I would ommit those drums.

Al
Forum: The Engine Room 20th October 2015, 21:10
Replies: 82
Views: 14,614
Posted By Blackal
Sounds like you will equal what I believe is a...

Sounds like you will equal what I believe is a record of 4 chief engineers in successive generations (in UK). (Thumb)

Al :)
Forum: The Engine Room 17th October 2015, 21:07
Replies: 82
Views: 14,614
Posted By Blackal
Four generations would indicate (to me anyway)...

Four generations would indicate (to me anyway) that it is the former.

Previous generations did not have the exposure I had.

Al
Forum: The Engine Room 13th October 2015, 18:33
Replies: 82
Views: 14,614
Posted By Blackal
I'm the fourth generation of Chief Engineer on my...

I'm the fourth generation of Chief Engineer on my Father's side of the family. Whilst not "actively encouraged" to go to sea - going on summer holidays at age 8 - on the ore-carriers to...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 23rd April 2015, 10:36
Replies: 2
Views: 1,086
Posted By Blackal
You've waited a long time for a response, Chas -...

You've waited a long time for a response, Chas - just seen this section.

Ipad app 'photos' does handle jpegs, but I suspect you are trying to transfer pics without syncing in itunes?

I use...
Forum: Offshore Oil & Gas Industry 3rd March 2015, 15:48
Replies: 18
Views: 5,203
Posted By Blackal
I remember the complaints about "Shuttling" in...

I remember the complaints about "Shuttling" in the late '80s at Forties........

"It's unsafe (mate)"

The workforce accepted free overtime, and all was okay with the world again.....
Forum: The Engine Room 15th January 2015, 19:54
Replies: 29
Views: 6,669
Posted By Blackal
They are playing the odds - for sure...... I...

They are playing the odds - for sure......

I doubt if their underwriters are aware of the practice though.

Al
Forum: Container Vessels 26th June 2013, 05:12
Replies: 10
Views: 3,614
Posted By Blackal
I thought they were the largest (in dimensions)...

I thought they were the largest (in dimensions) rather than outright DWT? I'd need to check - but when compared to a 400,000 DWT bulk carrier, moored at the same berth for a while - they certainly...
Forum: Ferries 4th June 2013, 14:14
Replies: 62
Views: 10,404
Posted By Blackal
They "played the odds", and on every occasion so...

They "played the odds", and on every occasion so far ( I think) - they have won........

Who knows - when it's you and your kin on that ferry- they may not be so lucky.

So - Punk......... Do...
Forum: Ferries 4th June 2013, 14:09
Replies: 62
Views: 10,404
Posted By Blackal
Guts are fine when you are dealing with only your...

Guts are fine when you are dealing with only your own life - when you are responsible for others' I don't think it is up there as a desirable attribute.

Total reliance upon the anchor(s) laid out...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 29th May 2013, 21:38
Replies: 6
Views: 2,330
Posted By Blackal
Tug Jascon 4 sunk

Jascon 4 sunk with all hands.

I heard that tow line was at 90 deg to stern, and hatches left open........

http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article1327991.ece...
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