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Search: Posts Made By: Cap'n Pete
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 1st December 2011, 16:07
Replies: 31
Views: 4,690
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Iain B P&O Cruises flagged out their ships...

Iain B

P&O Cruises flagged out their ships to Bermuda in 2006 for the purpose of weddings before the Equality Act was first discussed in Parliment. As Cunard are in direct competition with them in...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 1st December 2011, 10:16
Replies: 31
Views: 4,690
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Captains never had the authority to conduct...

Captains never had the authority to conduct weddings at sea. However, by law they were required to enter all births, deaths and marriages taking place on their ship at sea into the ship's official...
Forum: Blue Star Line 17th October 2011, 09:45
Replies: 1
Views: 3,460
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Captain Jack Calabrase

Captain Jack Calabrase, passed away peacefully at St Clare's Hospice, on October 11, aged 82 years. A Requiem Mass will be held at St Bede's RC Church, Westoe Road, South Shields NE33 4LZ on Tuesday,...
Forum: The Bridge 12th July 2011, 09:32
Replies: 49
Views: 5,069
Posted By Cap'n Pete
I was once master of a reefer ship the company...

I was once master of a reefer ship the company had bought from East Germany owners. It had, what had reportedly to be, the first freefall lifeboat fitted to a merchant ship. According to the captain...
Forum: The Bridge 9th July 2011, 09:52
Replies: 49
Views: 5,069
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Having just looked through the MAIB's website, I...

Having just looked through the MAIB's website, I cannot see any evidence this accident has been, or is currently being investigated.

Lifeboat accidents are now so commonplace that nobody from the...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 4th July 2011, 12:23
Replies: 31
Views: 3,886
Posted By Cap'n Pete
At every major sporting event in the UK, many...

At every major sporting event in the UK, many companies provide "hospitality" to favoured clients. Strangely, such practices will continue to be legal under the new Bribery Act even though the...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 28th June 2011, 11:34
Replies: 31
Views: 3,886
Posted By Cap'n Pete
The Bribery Act 2011

Last year, shortly before I retired, my ship berthed at a large container terminal in China. First up the gangway was a police officer armed with a notice advising me that the giving of "presents" to...
Forum: Ship Research 25th June 2011, 10:30
Replies: 3
Views: 1,828
Posted By Cap'n Pete
I've not read "Before the boxboats" by Capt Sandy...

I've not read "Before the boxboats" by Capt Sandy Kinghorn. I served as his chief officer on the "Keren", an MOD troopship serving the Falklands after the war in 1982. He handed out copies of his...
Forum: Ship Research 24th June 2011, 09:17
Replies: 3
Views: 1,828
Posted By Cap'n Pete
New Zealand container ships

On June 23, 1971, exactly 40 years ago, the "Columbus New Zealand" berthed at Auckland, the first container ship to do so. Do any members know which was the first British container ship to visit New...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th June 2011, 08:42
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Seafarers Awareness Week

Last week (6-12 June) was the third Seafarers Awareness Week, arranged by the British Charity Seafarers UK and supported by the seafarers missions, our unions, the Royal Navy and a host of others. ...
Forum: BP Shipping 12th January 2011, 16:57
Replies: 214
Views: 58,921
Posted By Cap'n Pete
On the subject, any takers for the longest...

On the subject, any takers for the longest serving females at sea? I only had the pleasure of sailing with half a dozen female officers during my 44 years at sea (recently retired) but all left...
Forum: Blue Star Line 15th June 2010, 18:11
Replies: 41
Views: 18,943
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Hi Trev, I've been with Blue Star since 1967....

Hi Trev,
I've been with Blue Star since 1967. I'm sure I've sailed with you but cannot place the when and where. The company is German owned now but still called Blue Star although there are very...
Forum: The Bridge 8th December 2009, 17:14
Replies: 187
Views: 28,359
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Hello Joebukham, Very few harbour authorities...

Hello Joebukham,
Very few harbour authorities issue pilot exemption certification to masters of ocean-going ships so getting your company to apply is a complete waste of time.
Port authorities do...
Forum: The Bridge 8th December 2009, 09:46
Replies: 187
Views: 28,359
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Fat chance

I think it highly unlikely that any pilot would offer to take any ship to the next port. In most parts of the world, the majority of pilots do not hold masters certificates and some have not even...
Forum: Bank Line 2nd December 2009, 18:43
Replies: 35
Views: 6,592
Posted By Cap'n Pete
A major problem these days with taking your wife...

A major problem these days with taking your wife to sea (or as so often is the case these days, partner - same sex or otherwise) is obtaining visas. These are mandatory for ships calling in U.S....
Forum: Blue Star Line 17th November 2009, 21:51
Replies: 4
Views: 1,958
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Ken Pykett left the sea some time ago and now...

Ken Pykett left the sea some time ago and now lives in New Pymouth, NZ. He and his wife own a shoeshop.
Forum: Modern Cruise Ships 3rd June 2009, 17:27
Replies: 43
Views: 10,058
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Lifejackets are normally stowed adjacent to the...

Lifejackets are normally stowed adjacent to the lifeboats. I've not sailed on any ship in the past 20 years where they were still stowed in cabins. If your lifejacket is in your cabin and you forget...
Forum: Blue Star Line 1st June 2009, 11:48
Replies: 10
Views: 1,953
Posted By Cap'n Pete
I am master of the Jervis Bay, now called MSC...

I am master of the Jervis Bay, now called MSC Almeria.

These ships were the last ships built for P&O Containers and are now beginning to show their age. However, they are excellent ships,...
Forum: Container Vessels 29th May 2009, 09:15
Replies: 46
Views: 4,080
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Of course I can make changes. Without wishing to...

Of course I can make changes. Without wishing to blow my own trumpet, I've given evidence before the Parlimentary Maritime Committee in the UK, and I've been published in a number of maritime...
Forum: Container Vessels 29th May 2009, 08:46
Replies: 46
Views: 4,080
Posted By Cap'n Pete
What I trying to achieve, is a debate on what can...

What I trying to achieve, is a debate on what can be done to encourage women to go to sea and to retain those we have.

I do not have any issues with the competence of women, etc. In my...
Forum: Container Vessels 28th May 2009, 14:54
Replies: 46
Views: 4,080
Posted By Cap'n Pete
You are right Ian; I too saw the photograph of...

You are right Ian; I too saw the photograph of her standing next to a new launching. Never saw her again though. Still, that was a positive sign.

Fairplay profiled a female captain recently;...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 28th May 2009, 14:44
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
Posted By Cap'n Pete
My own "interesting story" about USCG inspections...

My own "interesting story" about USCG inspections was when I was in Seattle. We had two old Sperry Gyro compasses which were housed in a radio room abaft the wheelhouse. The very new female officer...
Forum: Container Vessels 28th May 2009, 14:33
Replies: 46
Views: 4,080
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Recruiting and retaining women seafarers

I would be interested in SN members views on what can be done to recruit more females as seafarers, and retain the few we do have.

In my 43 career as a seafarer, I have only ever sailed with 3...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 27th May 2009, 21:10
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
Posted By Cap'n Pete
The problem with PSC inspections is "who inspects...

The problem with PSC inspections is "who inspects the inspectors". As master, I have no fear of experienced ex masters and chief engineers who undertake ship inspections on behalf of Port State...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 19th May 2009, 12:59
Replies: 31
Views: 3,008
Posted By Cap'n Pete
Unfortunately, the Health & Safety Legislation...

Unfortunately, the Health & Safety Legislation does not apply on merchant ships, including British-flag vessels. EVERYTHING comes under the control of the MCA whose primary concern is to protect the...
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