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Is the neighbor’s green grass lacking morality?

Some time ago, I received an interesting email, using the term “morality”, or the lack thereof, in describing the offshore oil and gas industry. Morality is not often used in shipping, but maybe it ought to. I thought it was in interesting wording by a young professional, and in itself provided some insight in our maritime industry in general and its future. Here are parts of his emails, and my…


Thermopylae Club Annual Dinner, Victoria BC

Wednesday 13 April 2016, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road No host bar opens at 6 PM Dinner at 7 PM Tickets by reservation $50. Seating limited. The Thermopylae Club of Victoria is pleased to extend an invitation to its annual dinner. The club, marking its eighty-fourth year, is named after one of the fastest and most famous clipper ships of its time. Thermopylae operated in the tea trade…


Blue Angel BIG hART; Human Rights at Sea explains

Human Rights at Sea Interviews Cecily Hardy, Creative Producer, Blue Angel BIG hART From Human Rights at Sea’s website Seafarers: The Forgotten Workforce For some people art is purely for decoration or entertainment, but for community artists in the Big hART group it is a powerful form of communication, often associated with social change. They turn ordinary people into artists so they can share their life and views with a…


CTA Review – my comments to Canada’s Minister of Transport

Dear Minister Garneau, I am writing to you, to express my disappointment in the recent submission of recommendations under the Marine Section of the Canada Transportation Act Review (CTA), submitted to you, in December 2015, by the review panel’s chair, Hon. David Emerson. A little about me; I am a Transport Canada Marine Safety certified Marine Engineer; I completed a Marine Engineering apprenticeship at BCIT in Vancouver, and I have…


Canadian transportation review: painting a target on Canadian seafarers

In December 2015, the Hon. David Emerson submitted his report to the Minister of Transportation on the state of transportation affairs in Canada – well, mostly rail and air, and some other stuff, like shipping. Some may recall Mr. Emerson, Vancouver based, Economist by trade, elected as a Liberal MP, only to cross the floor shortly after the election, to the Conservative Party, under Harper, back in 2006. The report…


APEGBC joint dinner / presentation with CIMarE and SNAME

Joint Dinner Meeting of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of BC, and the Society of Naval Architect and Marine Engineers – March 30, 2016 The Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC a dinner meeting and has invited has organized the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering and the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers. The guest speaker will be Mr. Mark…


Sailing on US East or Gulf coast? USCG want your input

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements on the Atlantic and Gulf seacoast. The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey is focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Seacoast System, an open water system typically traveled by mariners arriving from an ocean voyage or transiting along the coast. Individual mariners and interested…

WMI courtyard

Western Maritime Institute in expansion mode… again

You would think Capt. Kitching would be enjoying the good life after passing on the bulk of his responsibility to the new owners of Western Maritime Institute (WMI), but you would be wrong. With no parking spot available the other day, when I visited, I quickly realized, there was obviously big things going on at Western Maritime. The Parking lot was full; on campus housing full; which meant the classrooms…