On a wing and a prayer – Blue Riband

March 18, 2013

Source – Interwebs I was visiting my friend over at Navcanada in Surrey, BC, getting a tour of the very impressive west coast air traffic control center. The “Center” handles the air traffic controlling duties of the many flights I take every year, so its nice to demystify it. The impressive tour of the new facility was fantastic, but one of the most memorable tidbit I took away from my…

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Reap what you sow

October 29, 2012

BCIT in Vancouver Western Canada’s only formal Marine Engineering school I’ve had the unique opportunity to be intertwined in many aspects of the marine industry in Canada. Whether is in my professional life working on ship across the nation, or through my hobby Marine Engineering website, www.dieselduck.net, I get to see many different perspectives. One of which, I would like to share with you, regarding the formal training of Marine…

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Mr. Duck goes to Ottawa

April 13, 2012

I am at the airport now, about to leave Ottawa after five days here, heading back home for a few days before going back to sea. I arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, and enjoyed our nation’s capital by visiting the parliament building, the war museum, and extensively walking around the downtown core, taking in the sights and experiences. On Tuesday, the true purpose of my visit, attending Mari Tech 2012,…

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First introduction successful

March 31, 2012

Last night was a cool wet night in Victoria, but it was a warm welcome at the Canadian navy base where I gave a presentation on Blue Riband, which seems to have gone really well. I was a bit jittery about the whole thing, but the larger than normal crowd was quite receptive of these new concepts in Marine Engineering. Thank you to those who made the evening quite interesting…

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Introducing Blue Riband

February 23, 2012

Blue Riband is a fictional business model, an employee controlled entity, much like a professional organization. Many new ideas are proposed, encapsulated within Blue Riband, as possible solutions to the shortage of Marine Engineers in Canada. The project presents a new way to manage the high quality human capital needed, to make sure shipping remains viable, well into the future. You can visit the project’s website at http://www.blueriband.ca, to view…

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