Category Archives: Environment

A cat on the environment, EU and other matters

It has been several months since Marine Café Blog last had a chat with Frankie the Philosopher Cat. Although he didn’t have his favourite smoked oysters for lunch today, he was not, thankfully, more grumpy than usual. He was lounging about in the garden, looking a bit contemplative. Here’s how our conversation went: Total Share: 6113100

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A cat’s view of Christmas and things maritime

It’s been more than seven months since our last interview with Frankie the Philosopher Cat. What better time to chat with him again than at Christmastime in Manila? ‘Tis the season to be jolly – a time for brushing aside the problems which bedevil the maritime industry and make some folks age faster than they can make money. Total Share: […]

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Whales, seafarers and changing values

Whaling off the Goto Islands by Katsushika Hokusai (1833–1834) It’s interesting how the values of individuals and entire societies change over time. In our teen years, we read Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Like millions of other Melville fans, we were fascinated by Captain Ahab, who commanded the whaleship Pequod and whose singular mad obsession was to […]

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Ship fuel efficiency: the CASPER way

By 1st January 2013, all ships 400 gross tonnes or more will be required to have a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) as part of amendments to MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships). Time for shipowners to call on CASPER. No, we’re not referring to the famous cartoon character, Casper the Friendly Ghost. CASPER stands […]

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