Comment posted Yeoman Bontrup: Dawn date with the Lazarus ship by Murdoch MacKenzie.
Great news reporting on a happy outcome from what must have been a traumatic time for the ship and crew. Fire is an ever present danger in our lives and in the right conditions can be set off with the most minor “spark”.
The pictures of the slip at Oban bring back memories of the wonderful times when we would berth at Kerrera and shuttle back and forth on the marina ferry.
You should upload one of your pictures, ideally including some local scenery, to the Marine Traffic site to, hopefully, displace the sad picture that they tag to the ship at present.
Recent comments by Murdoch MacKenzie
- Stagecoach Group Britain’s most admired transport group
Yes Brian Souter has been a great driver for his company, he has actually had to do it twice over.
Way back in the nineties he took a backseat and let some alleged whizz kids take the wheel. They bought a company called Coach USA and it caused them so much grief that their share price collapsed to, if I remember right, 11p.
I had been a shareholder in earlier years and was lucky to have got out at the bad times. When I heard that Brian was coming back I was keen to plough some money in as I had a lot of faith in his ability. My problem was that I was in the North Sea and it was difficult to do share purchasing from there at the time.
A few days later, at lunchtime, I was reading a paper that someone had brought on and found out that the share price had moved up over the 20p mark.
I was telling my tale of woe to a colleague when we returned to work and he laughed and said, “The bus has left and you’re not on it”.
- Grangemouth admission of intention to import shale gas confirms For Argyll situation analysis
Oil and gas are market commodities. Somebody needs it, they go to the market and bid for what’s on offer of the grade they need. Oil from overseas has been delivered to Grangemouth through the Finnart pipeline all through the halcyon days of BP Forties.
I see vessels almost every day loading up LNG for the US market despite all this shale gas they are producing at home. Nobody sets up with one supplier, they make sure that they can make the best bargain of what is available.
- MAIB report says Master of grounded MV Fri Ocean did not report incident to MCA
Indeed as is the report on the Flinterspirit which had run with the bridge unatended all the way from the Shiant Island buoy until it hit North Uist.
I read in the Coatal Isle report that you link to that there are an estimated 65,000 people with forged marine certificates of various types.
There has to be a foolproof method, that if a watchkeeping alarm is not accepted within a given short time then the vessel general alarm should sound. I am sure any seafarer who values his life would rather know that the vessel was steaming along with nobody on watch even if it woke him up from a much needed sleep.
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
AS Oscar Wilde explained it, “The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future”.
The dis-enfranchised readily turn to terrorism in their desperation but in so doing alienate themselves from the people who could help them the most. No matter how just the people of the world see their cause, they will not embrace evil.
When Mandela changed to being a saint he became worthy of the support of the masses, thereby achieving the power which had been denied to him when he was a sinner.
How that power gets used by those it is bestowed on is a different story.
- Glasgow helicopter crash: now the questions – but why no black box?
It gets curiouser and curiouser. Unless the pilot or the person in the other front seat suffered a sudden seizure that led to a loss of control.
Could there have been foul play? Reportedly the pilot had been a helicopter trainer of the future King of England and of Scots, so he must have been of the highest calibre. There were early reports that he may have been shot, although this was from a paper not known for being too concerned with truth, especially if it’s regarding Scottish matters.
I feel another Lockerbie type investigation is happening, where alien agencies will direct the Scottish police in their findings.
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