Fednav goes to space

November 18, 2021

I have long been interested in the links between money, “hard work”, and power in Canada, so when I stumbled upon a story of a person paying an astronomical amount of money to be one of those space tourists, my interest was aroused. A “philanthropist” going to space has certainly been a weird trend of late, where the only thing more out there than space, is the egocentricity. This is…

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The $1.5 million dollar deckhand

August 22, 2021

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

May 4, 2021

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

January 12, 2021

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

January 5, 2021

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

January 5, 2021

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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COVID19

March 22, 2020

The maritime world is going into deep shock! The fact that most seafarers are toiling out of sight makes them particularly vulnerable, more so in this time without precedent. Book ended by the brutal Saudi Arabia – Russia oil price war, and the COVID19 pandemic and its economical impacts, professional seafarers are going to find themselves considerably challenged in the near future. In my view, the disastrous response by the…

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$5K donation to BCIT to commemorate “dieselduck”!

February 10, 2020

In late December 2019, I was excited to send a CAD$5000 financial gift to the British Columbia Institute of Technology Foundation (BCIT)  to commemorate Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net – 20 years of being online. Earlier in the year, I received the financial gift from a long time user of the website, a marine engineering professional working in Canada, who felt the website had inspired and guided his career….

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