Monthly Archives: August 2007


My favourite source of news about the shipping industry is the international shipping newspaper TradeWinds. It is published in Norway, and issued weekly. It has all the information about markets, trends, legislation etc. that I need to stay up to … Continue reading

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Sand! And in the desert of all places. Who would have thunk it? This fine warning sign is from Namibia.

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History lesson

I was up early this morning, mainly because part of the ‘electrical system with Chinese characteristics’ in my house decided to go up in flames at 6am. I fled to the basement, and let the ‘electricians’ do their job. With … Continue reading

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Sterling Hayden, great quote.

A friend passed this on to me today, a truly great quote: “To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind … Continue reading

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Dear FutureMe

What if you could write yourself a letter, to be delivered in 1 year, 2 years, or 10 years time? A letter in which you could write down where you are, what you think you have achieved, or what has … Continue reading

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As long as you do it carefully…

From Harbin:

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A friend took this picture in Suzhou. Seems that quality control is in good hands here…

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Getting the Stranded Mariner afloat again.

After many months, if not years, of thinking and talking about it, I have finally made up my mind. I am going to have a sailing boat built. Big enough to live on, and use as my future home. But … Continue reading

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North-East China trip

Last week I went to visit shipyards in North-East China, together with two of my colleagues from Shanghai. On Tuesday, day 1 we flew from Shanghai to Yantai in Shandong province. Yantai is famous for its wine and fruit, like … Continue reading

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How do you unrecycle something? By throwing it away again?

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China ship building. Will the boom continue?

It’s been a good week so far. Not as busy with new incoming orders as usual, because a lot of our customers are still enjoying their summer holidays. But our workshop and field service engineers did not have an idle … Continue reading

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How to profit in China

Being half a year into my new job now, I have been able to do something about at least the most blatant corruption practices in the company I took over. There is more, I know it’s there. I just need … Continue reading

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China Ship Building Summit 2007

In the Sheraton Hotel, Shanghai on October 18 & 19. Quite interesting topics and speakers this time, and a good opportunity to meet new and interesting people in the maritime industry. china-ship-building-summit-2007.pdf

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Shell Tankers, ss ‘Zafra’

I was surfing some maritime sites, trying to find some pictures and articles of vessels I used to sail on. I found three pictures of the very first ship I sailed on as an apprentice engineer from 1982 till 1983. … Continue reading

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I found this informative site, called Lots of nautical and technical information, an active blog, and a maritime forum. A ‘Must Read’ for anyone with an interest in the maritime business. Here are some of the highlights of the … Continue reading

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