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

December 2, 2016

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…


Ken Harford, P.Eng. Awarded the CIMarE 2016 Medal of Excellence

October 10, 2016

From Robert Allan’s website On May 5th, the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering announced the 2016 winner of its Medal of Excellence. The National Council conferred the award on Mr. Ken Harford P.Eng., retiring Managing Director of Robert Allan Ltd. The presentation was made in absentia at Mari-Tech, Canada’s annual marine technology exhibition and conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Ken graduated from UBC in 1970 with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering…


Government Admits that it Illegally Issued Work Permits to Foreign Seafarers

July 18, 2016

July 14, 2016 – Montreal, QC The Government of Canada has admitted that it illegally issued work permits to 11 foreign crew members of the New England, a Marshall Islands flag of convenience oil tanker that engaged in shipping in Canada in July 2015. As a result, the Government consented to an order of the Federal Court of Canada granting judicial review in all 11 applications made by the Seafarers’…


Wartsila unloads famed “Sulzer” works to China State Shipbuilding Corp.

June 20, 2016

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Wärtsilä announced that Wärtsilä has transferred its 30% shareholding in Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD) to CSSC, one of the largest Shipping conglomerates in China. WinGD will continue as an independent, international company to develop and innovate its two-stroke low-speed marine engine portfolio serving all merchant markets and customers worldwide. WinGD has its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, one of the earliest exponents of…


Wärtsilä welcomes student training ship from State University of New York Maritime College

Wartsila SUNY visit
June 17, 2016

17 June 2016 Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school’s summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship, the Empire State VI. Upon arrival in Trieste, the Wärtsilä Italy management team welcomed the group of close to 600, which…


Day of the Seafarer, June 25

logo Day of the seafarer
June 8, 2016

The International Maritime Organization’s celebration of the human factor enabling international shipping is known as the Day of the Seafarer, and this year, it’s just a couple of weeks away, on June 25, 2016. Campaign Message This year’s campaign aims to highlight that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry but for all of us. The campaign tagline this year is: #AtSeaForAll. It will create a picture…


Nanaimo’s WMI news and programs

May 9, 2016

WMI’s 2016/2017 Schedule is Live! The 2015/2016 academic year at Western Maritime Institute is coming to an end and we’re down to our last few spring courses. We’re excited about what the next academic year has in store. Congratulations to all Course registration is now available on our website and we are looking forward to having another very busy year with a campus full of activity. In the 2016/2017 academic year, we will…


Restored US Coast Guard helicopter dedicated at the Smithsonian

HH-52A USCG rescue helicopter
April 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — A restored Coast Guard HH-52A Seaguard helicopter was dedicated into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during a ceremony Thursday. The 1960s era HH-52A, which bore the tail number 1426, was renovated by Vector CSP and is now the only Coast Guard aircraft on display in a Smithsonian museum. The 1426 helicopter spent many years at the North Valley Occupational Center’s aviation facility in Los…