• The $1.5 million dollar deckhand
  • Google to lay Topaz in Port Alberni
  • Federally regulated workplace
  • End of year party at TC
  • Happy (?) New Year

The $1.5 million dollar deckhand

The Trans Mountain pipeline was / is a project in Canada, that takes Alberta oil sands oil to a marine terminal in Burnaby, in the neighboring province of British Columbia (BC). With very little benefits to BC, and significant risks, it was overwhelmingly rejected by the public in that province. As a result, the Federal Government which campaigned on being a climate friend, paid a handsome price to the American…

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Google to lay Topaz in Port Alberni

International mega super corp Google, is setting down some critical communication infrastructure in sleepy harbour town of Port Alberni, in British Columbia. Nestled at the end of the Alberni Inlet, in Barkley Sound, about half way up the west coast of Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast, Port Alberni and nearby Bamfield have a long and storied history with connecting Canada with the world via underwater communication cables. The area…

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Federally regulated workplace

Working on a ship in Canada, or in Canadian territorial waters, comes with a unique set of regulations, which are not the same as most other Canadian workplaces. Typically, you work for an employer who conducts business in a province, that province generally regulates and enforces those regulations, which applies to that workplace. For instance, worker disability programs (worker’s compensation in case of an accident), in the province of British…

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End of year party at TC

The last week of 2020 saw a frenetic pace of Ships Safety Bulletins being released by Transport Canada, so I thought it may be good to list and introduce them to you, as they seem to be the new way in which TC does things now. Seafarer Medical validity extension – SSB 25/2020 in another signal that TC is moving further away from IMO’s STCW guidance, TC is extending Seafarer…

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Happy (?) New Year

As we all continue to grapple with a dysfunctional new normal, I extend to you my best wishes for the new year. Personally, 2020 was full of challenges, but not necessarily bad ones, and for that I realize how fortunate and grateful I am. Some might wonder about my commitment to this project, Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net, which would be a logical train of thought considering the frequency…

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Western Maritime opens campus on “Mainland”

We are happy to inform you that WMI is on the mainland. Our new campus is strategically located at Unit 217, 9801 King George Blvd, Surrey, right by the Skytrain station.  You are curious? Take a look – click here Courses are now being offered starting with the Marine advanced First Aid – Dec. 14-18, 2020 followed by Ship Construction and Stability Level 3 & 4 starting January 4th, 2021….

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The Plight of 300,000 Seafarers Stuck at Sea

The pandemic had an enormous impact on markets, health, and geopolitics. But while a certain normalcy has returned in commerce and day-to-day life hundreds of thousands of seafarers are still stuck at sea. The countries that still don’t allow crew changes at ports are part of the problem. The situation for up to 300,000 seafarers has been described as unbearable. They are hoping for a solution but there doesn’t seem…

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Piracy and robbery way up!

Fifty-one Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre from January to June 2020 Number of incidents is almost double compared to the same period in 2019 ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today released its Half-Yearly Report 2020 (January to June). Highlights of the Report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as ReCAAP Focal Points, and regional…

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