Immigrants to Canada cry foul

I came across an interesting article in the Georgia Straight, a weekly newspaper in Vancouver, about the plight of educated and skilled immigrants to Canada. A topic which probably strikes a cord with many immigrants of seafaring backgrounds. Of whom, many have settled in Vancouver, and which, I understand, have some misgivings about their current situations versus what they were experiencing before coming to Canada. Canada seems to be suffering…

January 28, 2006
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Philipino scholar”ships”

Norwegian shipowners offering 150 scholarshipsEmily Jade B. Valero, Sun Star Publishing, Inc.Monday, January 16, 2006 The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) is offering 150 scholarship slots for incoming first year Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering students at the University of Cebu (UC). As a NSA scholar, one can enjoy two years of full scholarship with free board and lodging, book and clothing allowance. On their third year, they will get a…

January 19, 2006
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MV APL Panama Still Aground

Antigua & Barbuda flag, 40,306gt. M/V APL Panama grounded on sand Dec 25 while inbound to the Port of Ensenada in clear conditions. Reports are that the Master did not wait for a Pilot before continuing. My guess is his next job will be the Unemployment line.As of today, the ship is still hard aground and attempts have failed to tow her off. Work continues to offload the ship to…

January 15, 2006
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Alert! Issue 10 Available Online

http://www.he-alert.org/documents/newsletter/Alert!_10.pdfWhy regulation needs to be realistic Regulation is important, while compliance with it is essential for safe ship operation. Violations of the rules and regulations account for many accidents. The latest issue of Alert!, the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin focuses upon regulation, and concludes that while absolutely necessary, they need to be both realistic and practical.There was a famous photograph taken a few years ago after a tanker master…

January 10, 2006
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Jail time for NY ferry accident

NY ferry pilot, official jailed for 2003 crash www.chinaview.cn2006-01-10 08:06:06 NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (Xinhuanet) — The pilot at the helm of the New York Staten Island Ferry when it crashed in 2003, killing 11 people, and the city’s former ferry director, were given jail terms here Monday. Assistant Captain Richard Smith, who passed out in the pilot’s house of the Andrew J. Barberi after taking medication with drowsy side…

January 10, 2006
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Big boys making big toys

In a press release issued yesterday, Aker Yards and Alstom Marine announce their intention to join operations and create a new company, under the Aker banner, to take over operation of the St Nazaire and Lorient ship yards in France. Aker would own the lions share of the new company at 75% and Alstom the remaining 25%, until 2010, when Aker may offer a complete buyout. Alstom operates Europe’s biggest…

January 5, 2006
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Fast ferries making waves again

Thanks JK for bringing up this topic on a previous post. I have been dragging ass lately, even though this topic has been making waves and rumours for quite some time in the local engineering community, which of course has a fair share of our peers from BC Ferries. My good friend sent me the article below, published recently in the local paper. Some interesting comments from various sources I…

December 25, 2005
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Cats Back to Vancouver?

Vancouver Considers Bringing Back Fast Cat FerriesWednesday, December 21, 2005The CEO of the Washington Marine Group is downplaying environmental concerns as he considers the idea of bringing back the Fast Cat ferries to work a Vancouver to Nanaimo run, CKNW News Talk reports. The vessels would be run at a slower speed than previously, and officials say that improvements have been made since they were first introduced and that the…

December 23, 2005
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