martin's marine engineering page logo The bridge of the MV Oceanex Avalon on her weekly stop in Montreal. Photo by Martin Leduc, May 2008

Welcome to the web site for professional Marine Engineers worldwide. Online since 1999, we have been providing information and resource to professionals and novices, in the maritime world.
I welcome you to discover what marine engineers do, and explore their important role in worldwide commercial shipping, which moves 90% of the world's goods. You will find the "site navigation" menu at the top, and a "about the site" menu at the bottom. Enjoy your stay and feel free to contact me.

Martin - Marine Engineer and Webmaster

In this Update - More of a housekeeping update this time, with cleaning out numerous dead links and adding a few new ones 'here n there' on the 'major' pages. I'm scheduled to head out to sea next week, to the high north, without internet; I figured I'd be on time with my update, and get it done before I left home. I did a fairly extensive update a month ago; look for the icon, and check the July 2014 entry on the "What's New" page, for the specifics done over the summer. I've been busy posting some entries on The Monitor, the blog. I've also become quite addicted to Twitter it seems, so if it fits your fancy, connect with me at @dieselduckster. Despite the usual slowdown of web traffic over the summer, The Common Rail has had a steady feed of new things to learn and discuss about.

Feature - I've been very busy this Summer, spreading the word about the MV Silja Festival, the Latvian flagged cruise ferry operating in northern British Columbia under a Coasting Trade Act waiver. The engineering and deck positions onboard are being staffed by non Canadians, and its use of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program sets a dangerous precedent for the whole industry in Canada. This does, and will continue to put massive downward pressure on wages and conditions across Canada. I've listed it as a Special Project of mine and if you have any input, I'd love to hear from you. I have no problem competing with peers on the global market, but as Canadians, our high income tax load and cost of living make it impossible for us to do just that.

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