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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Canada to issue CoR for Norwegian and French seafarers

December 4, 2019

A new Ship Safety Bulletin by Transport Canada issued today, outlines a recent agreement to recognize Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued to seafarers by Norway and France, under the Certificate of Recognition (CoR) program. The purpose of this Ship Safety Bulletin is to advise owners and operators of Canadian registered ships and seafarers that the Maritime Administration of Canada has entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Maritime Administrations of…

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TC – catching up

May 9, 2019

For those that follow Transport Canada’s activities, yes, some of us do, as they have deep impact on how I feed my family, you may have noticed quite an increase in activity from them. The main story for TC Marine Safety these days is the updating of the Marine Personnel Regulations, to bring them inline with the IMO’s Manila Amendments of 2010 – yes, of the year 2010 – just…

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Check your tickets!

February 27, 2019

Transport Canada (TC) now offers the capability of checking the validity of any Canadian seafarer’s certificates. In its most recent Ship Safety Bulletin released, TC announced that a new, free, website service is available online, for anyone to use to check the validity of a certificate of competency / proficiency, seafarer medical or other endorsement The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) recommends that…

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Happenings on MMEP

December 19, 2018

Special and big thank you to: I wholeheartedly express my gratitude to DK and JD for a very generous financial gift, in recognition of the what the website represent for them as professionals. I was very surprised and very moved by the the complete randomness of the gift. Men, who predominately make up our profession, are shall we say, frugal… with financial or emotional support. I know the website helps…

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It’s okay to say no

November 5, 2018

I was asked recently this question from a visitor, that I though someone else might empathize with, or provide insight. The Question: Is it necessary to consume alcohol onboard the ship? I heard that some crew members will force me to drink, but I don’t have a habit of consuming alcohol. My answer: I think what you are asking me, is whether you are required to drink while working onboard…

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World Class Marine Safety, a priority for Transport Canada (?)

October 31, 2018

In its statement(s) of plans and priorities for 2016-2020, Transport Canada shows us pretty clearly where it’s priorities lie. In the introduction of these report(s), Minister Garneau highlights his and his department’s commitment to implementing the “vision” of the “Transportation Act Review”. This review was initiated by the former Conservative government and its agent, David Lee Emerson; it was accepted and is being implemented by the Liberal government. The shoddy…

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