Official start of the end of Canadian seafaring

February 14, 2017

Attached is a press release by the European Ship Owners, gloating about the exciting new opportunity that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will represent to their businesses. Meaning this is the official start of the end of Canadian Seafaring. Specifically mentioned in CETA, and boasted in the owners’ press release, is dredging activities. I am a Chief Engineer on one of the few dredging ships working in Canada,…

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Government Admits that it Illegally Issued Work Permits to Foreign Seafarers

SIU
July 18, 2016

July 14, 2016 – Montreal, QC The Government of Canada has admitted that it illegally issued work permits to 11 foreign crew members of the New England, a Marshall Islands flag of convenience oil tanker that engaged in shipping in Canada in July 2015. As a result, the Government consented to an order of the Federal Court of Canada granting judicial review in all 11 applications made by the Seafarers’…

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

March 15, 2016

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…

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The CTA refuses a Waiver – Pinch me !

March 12, 2014

Actual Cdn. content may vary Stunned, amazed – “pinch me”, the Canada Transportation Agency has surprised me! You see, I started watching more closely the application and decision process of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), several years ago, after my previous vessel was “displaced” by foreign tankers operating between Canadian ports. For whatever reason, our vessel, its entire crew, and its management lost the work we had been doing for…

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Oceanex takes delivery of Connaigra

September 28, 2013

Oceanex Conaigra leaving its German builders Today, Canada’s newest Canadian flagged cargo ship left its builders at Flensburger, in Germany, bound for Newfoundland and an excited crowd. The Oceanex Connaigra is owned and operated by St John’s based Oceanex. Oceanex operates the Oceanex Avalon, Cabot, Oceanex Sanderling and the Connaigra will join its fleetmates of RO/LOs serving the drop trailer, container service to Newfoundland and Labrador. Lori Caines, Spokesperson for…

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Oh sure, why not ! Anybody else…

August 18, 2013

I partly attribute my loss of a good job, and those of my 20 shipmates last year, to the ability of cargo owners to be quickly granted Canada Transportation Act waiver – where foreign owned ships, who pay no Canadian income tax (among others), hire no Canadians, yet operate in Canadian waters, or between Canadian ports. As a guy who’s invested pretty heavily in a seagoing Marine Engineering career, and…

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Well, duh !

April 11, 2013

The path were on… Photo by Greenpeace Canadian Press Columnist Thomas Walkom, last Friday, penned an interesting column that certainly would identify a strong motive why there is such a “shortage” of “skilled labour” in Canada. It feels like Canada follows the same path as did the US, only about 10-20 years later – don’t it? Don’t those white old men in Ottawa, or wherever the decision are made, have…

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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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