• A pain in my… arm
  • An Introduction to Marine Lubricants
  • Go for gold !
  • Delivery of the Superstructure for Project Resolve
  • Corvus energy storage system to reduce emissions for new polar expedition cruise ships

A pain in my… arm

We were in a maintenance period at the company’s dock in Quebec City, doing a fair bit of heavy stuff, things were moving fast and the pieces were big.  The pain started just before ten in the morning, in my right elbow, not quite at the tip, but very near it; I could feel the exact spot where the pain emanated from, deep within my arm, in the bone almost,…

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An Introduction to Marine Lubricants

10% pre-publication discount – offer ends 31 May 2017 An Introduction to Marine Lubricants  By Nigel Draffin ISBN: 978-1-908663-27-6 Price: £45.00 Publication date: June 2017 An Introduction to Marine Lubricants has been written by industry expert Nigel Draffin to shed light on marine lubricants and greases, a sector of the maritime industry that may be well understood by petroleum engineers and other specialists but for many remains highly complex and poorly-understood….

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Go for gold !

Although merchant ships carry 90% of the world’s trade, the mariners who run them have little guidance on leadership. This can result in disasters such as the Titanic, Costa Concordia, the Exxon Valdez, and the recent El Faro. With modern ships being worth several million dollars, seafarers need leadership advice at every level of their career. Golden Stripes, Leadership on the High Seas provides this guidance, and much more. Captain…

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Delivery of the Superstructure for Project Resolve

In 2015, ALMACO Group teamed with Canada’s largest and highest capacity shipbuilder and industrial fabricator, Davie Shipbuilding, to deliver high quality accommodation for its current and future shipbuilding projects. Today, the two companies announced they will be extending their partnership to develop a production line for modular pre-fabricated accommodation at Davie in Québec for future Canadian programs. The first project between the two companies involved the delivery of the accommodation…

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Corvus energy storage system to reduce emissions for new polar expedition cruise ships

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected for two new polar expedition vessels Richmond, B.C. – March 6, 2017 – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for two new polar expedition cruise vessels being built for a European expedition cruise operator. Corvus will supply its Orca Energy ESS to provide supplemental energy to…

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CETA update from LeadNow

Some bad news, and some good news. The bad news is that, this week, both the European Parliament and the Canadian House of Commons ignored public opposition by passing CETA – a risky and extreme trade and investment deal that will cost thousands of jobs, drive up the cost of pharmaceutical drugs, and allow multinationals to sue us for millions when our laws affect their profits. What’s worse, Canada’s Trade…

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Official start of the end of Canadian seafaring

Attached is a press release by the European Ship Owners, gloating about the exciting new opportunity that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will represent to their businesses. Meaning this is the official start of the end of Canadian Seafaring. Specifically mentioned in CETA, and boasted in the owners’ press release, is dredging activities. I am a Chief Engineer on one of the few dredging ships working in Canada,…

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Immigration adrenaline

Several years ago, in the project Blue Riband, I proposed many new ideas to address a shortage of marine professionals on ships and ashore. The project was meant to highlight shortcomings that I observed in the Canadian marine industry (but worldwide too), propose solutions, and mostly start a conversation. I needed to get those ideas out of my head, so from that perspective it was a success, but otherwise did…

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