• It’s okay to say no
  • World Class Marine Safety, a priority for Transport Canada (?)
  • Transport Canada seeking your input on new MPR
  • Fond memories of Doxford
  • Raging Seas well worth a read

It’s okay to say no

I was asked recently this question from a visitor, that I though someone else might empathize with, or provide insight. The Question: Is it necessary to consume alcohol onboard the ship? I heard that some crew members will force me to drink, but I don’t have a habit of consuming alcohol. My answer: I think what you are asking me, is whether you are required to drink while working onboard…

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World Class Marine Safety, a priority for Transport Canada (?)

In its statement(s) of plans and priorities for 2016-2020, Transport Canada shows us pretty clearly where it’s priorities lie. In the introduction of these report(s), Minister Garneau highlights his and his department’s commitment to implementing the “vision” of the “Transportation Act Review”. This review was initiated by the former Conservative government and its agent, David Lee Emerson; it was accepted and is being implemented by the Liberal government. The shoddy…

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Transport Canada seeking your input on new MPR

Marine Personnel Regulations – those regulations that dictate everything for professional seafarers in Canada – are coming – many years late (for STCW2010), but they are coming. As a seafarer in Canada I have been “blindsided” by lack of consultation in the past when drawing up these regs that directly affect us. Now, it looks like TC wants y/our input. Lets gives it to them. I will try to attend…

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Fond memories of Doxford

In an email from South Africa, John Scofield sent this in, after visiting the Doxford Opposed Piston section of the website. “ I was third mate of the KosmosV, a whale factory ship, in the early 70s by which time she had been renamed Suiderkruis, and just as l left, L’interpeche. Built in 1948, at Tyneside, it was an absolute delight to be in engine room at sea, with those…

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Raging Seas well worth a read

I had every intention that for latest blog post that I was going to write about my “favorite subject”, Transport Canada and its general shortcomings of its licensing and regulating duties. After all, there is a  long list of items to talk about that have been itching to get out, but lately my time has been shanghaied’ by a book that’s been captivating me; “Into the raging sea”, by Rachel…

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Cargotec joins the global Rainmaking maritime startup accelerator programme

Cargotec joins a Trade & Transport Impact programme that connects world leading startups and corporations to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics. This is the first programme of its kind in terms of scale and global scope within maritime and logistics. The programme is initiated by Rainmaking Ltd. It is scheduled to last three years with its main venue in Hamburg, Germany. Cargotec is one of…

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Best Practices from the OCIMF

OCIMF releases new information paper on best practices for conducting navigational assessments OCIMF has today released a new information paper on best practices for conducting navigational assessments, called A Guide to Best Practice for Navigational Assessments and Audits. Navigational assessments and audits help vessel owners, operators and Masters to identify areas for improvement and increase safety. They also assure companies that high standards of navigation and watchkeeping are being maintained….

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Piracy and Sea Robbery Situation in Asia for January to September 2018

Summary A total of 64 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 50 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents) reported in Asia during January-September 2018 Of the 64 incidents, three were incidents of piracy and 61 were incidents of armed robbery against ships Compared to January-September 2017, there was a 3% increase in the total number of incidents reported during January-September 2018 The number of actual incidents reported…

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