• Deal was fully automated, and super expensive
  • It’s a good news bad news thing
  • Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada
  • Day of the Seafarer (DotS), June 25, 2018
  • New leadership at USCG

USCG releases memo on El Faro

Dec.21, 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarter WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard today released the Final Action Memo regarding the loss of the S.S. El Faro and its 33 crewmembers during a 2015 hurricane near Crooked Island, Bahamas. In the Final Action Memo, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, approves the findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions detailed in the Marine Board of Investigation’s Report of Investigation, essentially marking…

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Enhanced security and environmental awareness in KSA

St. John’s, NL – Rutter Inc. has announced the delivery of their sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection to a port in Saudi Arabia. Rutter’s system will be fully integrated by the port’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) provider to add environmental protection capabilities to their traffic management system. Rutter’s technology is currently being integrated into the system, with full deployment in 2018. “This order represents a forward-thinking mentality towards the detection…

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ABC’s Electric and Hybrid Propulsion System receives Bureau Veritas approval

Anglo Belgian Corporation, a leading European manufacturer of medium speed engines, has been issued with the Bureau Veritas approval and notations for its hybrid solutions. Now, with the hybrid system’s approval by major classification company Bureau Veritas, ABC is able to offer serial hybrid propulsion systems for workboats and, in collaboration with selected industrial partners, can serve as a one-stop shop for complete propulsion systems for its customers. The approval…

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Western Maritime Institute Launches Engine Room Rating Program

Program is First of its Kind in Western Canada Ladysmith, B.C. – November 17, 2017 – In response to the shortage of Marine Engineers in the Canadian and international marine industries, Vancouver Island based Western Maritime Institute has launched the first Transport Canada approved Engine Room Rating program in Western Canada. The 9-week program provides entry-level Marine Engineering training for people who have little to no previous marine experience, but…

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TC issues brief statement on SSB fiasco

I reached out to Transport Canada Media Relations for a statement on the Ship Safety Bulletin situation. Namely, were the Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency issued under the Ship Safety Bulletin 05/2017, still valid? I also asked about timeline of new guidelines (SSB) being issued, and what resources were made available to address the backlog of applications. I received a response a couple of days after asking. Being a government…

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Not so fast there !

It was a Tuesday morning; I was getting ready to ship out to sea, setting my affair in order when I received a call from the Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS) office. It had been almost two week since I had call to schedule a time where I might come in to discuss the likelihood that I could upgrade my Certificate of Competency (CoC), under the recently released STCW 2010…

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Digging St Clair

Thought I’d share a recent email I sent my young boys at home, wondering what I do “at sea”, on a dredger. This crew signed on in Toronto, almost two weeks ago. We then proceeded across lake Ontario to Port Weller, through the seaway locks, all eight of them, to “climb” the Niagara Falls. We crossed Lake Erie, east to west,  which was surprisingly rough this time, I felt like we…

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MAN Reveals New Flagship

MAN has revealed the successor to its 48/60CR engine in the company’s 4x line of high-performance diesel engines. The MAN 45/60CR marine diesel engine will initially be available as 12V and 14V versions that boast power outputs, of 15,600 and 18,200 kW respectively, with inline versions following at a later stage. For land-based power generation applications, MAN has developed the maximum power version, the 20V45/60 with 26 MW. Wayne Jones,…

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