• CETA update from LeadNow
  • Official start of the end of Canadian seafaring
  • Immigration adrenaline
  • ABC Diesel’s busy new year
  • First LNG-Battery Hybrid Cargo Ferry in North America

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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ABC Diesel’s busy new year

VAN DER KAMP INTERNATIONAL DREDGING B.V. OPTS FOR ABC’S DUAL FUEL ENGINES Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC) signed a contract with Van der Kamp Dredging International B.V. from Zwolle to deliver four main 12DZD dual fuel generating sets – which in total will deliver about 8000 KWm at 1000 rpm – for a new Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) called ‘Ecodelta’.  With this contract, a reputed and internationally operating dredging company…

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First LNG-Battery Hybrid Cargo Ferry in North America

Canadian ferry operator Seaspan Ferries takes delivery of the first of 5 Planned LNG-battery hybrid ferries Richmond, B.C – Dec 13, 2016 – Corvus Energy, congratulates Vancouver-based ferry operator Seaspan Ferries which recently took delivery of the first of two LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferries to be delivered in the next 12 months. The ‘Seaspan Swift’ is the first LNG-battery hybrid cargo ferry in North America. The vessel features two dual-fuel…

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Decline in Asbestos Use Yet Veterans and Seafarers Continue to Suffer

Ashley Stafford Community Outreach Volunteer www.TreatMesothelioma.org   Before asbestos dangers were discovered, the U.S Navy ships were made using toxic asbestos containing materials. This is one of the major reasons why U.S Navy veterans are at the highest risk of developing asbestos-related cancers like mesothelioma. The demand for materials with outstanding fire-proofing or insulation properties was higher in the U.S Navy than in any other military branch. That’s why the…

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US Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the Coast Guard’s type approval requirements contained in 46 C.F.R. § 162.060. While this certification provides vessel owners and operators with a type-approved system…

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Making shipping great again (?)

GCaptain and others media sources are reporting that Wilbur Ross Jr. , a “78-year-old contrarian (who) has made a fortune betting on troubled banks and distressed assets in industries such as steel, coal and textiles” (from G&M), is being considered for the post of Secretary of Commerce (aka Minister of Trade). Some highlights of his Wikipedia page, include 24 years with “Rothschild” in NYC, “textile manufacturing”, “Mittal” union busting, “miners…

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