John Dalziel

Manhattan courtesy of John Dalziel

Photos: Through the Northwest Passage with the Manhattan in 1969

By John Dalziel 2019-10-12 20:36:44

50 years ago, in the summer of 1969, I sailed through the North West Passage on the Canadian icebreaker John A. Macdonald, escorting the large American tanker Manhattan. This was considered a historic voyage, the Manhattan being the first very large commercial vessel to transit the Northwest Passage.   The purpose of the voyage was to test the feasibility of using the Northwest Passage as a year-round transport route for Alaskan oil to the U.S. eastern seaboard (the decision was...

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file photo of Deepwater Horizon

Why Accidents are Often Not Accidental

By John Dalziel 2019-08-28 05:12:40

At the World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) held in Vancouver, Canada from June 15 to 17, 2019, the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P Union) partnered with Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) to participate in a poster presentation discussing shipping safety.  The “Spotlight on Safety” poster highlights how several maritime calamities were preventable. However, many of these incidents took place due to regulatory non-compliance, commercial pressures, corporate greed, fear of retaliation and lack of oversight by regulatory agencies. Many...

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Barracudina's sistership Sand Launce courtesy of John Dalziel.

Barracudina: Lost But Not Forgotten

By John Dalziel 2018-11-25 17:26:00

40 years ago, on November 26, 1978, the fishing vessel Barracudina disappeared in the Cabot Strait, about 20 miles south-west of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, Canada. She carried with her to their watery graves her crew of five. The Barracudina was returning from fishing off Cape North on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The weather was bad (forecasts gave gale/storm warnings, winds up to 40 to 50 knots), but was not beyond the experience of her seasoned crew. Radio communication...

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Leros Strength

Remembering the Leros Strength

By John Dalziel 2017-02-25 19:41:31

Twenty years ago this month, on February 8, 1997 the master of the Leros Strength contacted the rescue co-ordination center in Stavanger, Norway, requesting immediate assistance. After approximately three minutes the radio contact was abruptly cut off. It was subsequently determined that the ship had foundered and her crew of 20 was lost. The Leros Strength was a 20 year old medium sized bulk carrier. She had loaded about 18,000 tons of apatite (a phosphate mineral commonly used in the...

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