Is Transport Canada going Plaid?

June 18, 2017

When I made up this graphic from a Jaws movie poster, it was to sort of characterize the coming of STCW2010; I knew it was a provocative, but as it turns out, quite accurate. The new requirements for retraining are significant, but hit every seafarer around the world equally. In addition to these new requirements, Transport Canada (TC) looks set to bring about some major changes to the Marine Engineering…

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Marine Engineering wages – Part 2 of 2

June 14, 2017

In part one of this thread, I theorized that the Canadian marine industry did not have an effective workforce succession plan, and therefore relies for its survival on what should be, the “fringe” groups within the make-up of the workforce. Without a larger, younger, but more experienced core to the workforce, the people who should be on the edges – the new entrants, and the soon to retire members of…

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How a hamburger affects your wage – Part 1 of 2

June 9, 2017

I was asked some time ago by a crewing manager, what a proper wage for a seagoing Marine Engineer should be. An answer was given, one that I detail in Part Two of this post, but in general, I could not answer her adequately, and it took me quite some time to mull it over; here’s what I think. As far as wages for Canadian certified Marine Engineers are concerned,…

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Corvus energy storage system to reduce emissions for new polar expedition cruise ships

March 22, 2017

Corvus Energy’s next generation Orca ESS has been selected for two new polar expedition vessels Richmond, B.C. – March 6, 2017 – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected as the supplier of lithium ion based energy storage systems (ESS) for two new polar expedition cruise vessels being built for a European expedition cruise operator. Corvus will supply its Orca Energy ESS to provide supplemental energy to…

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CETA update from LeadNow

February 17, 2017

Some bad news, and some good news. The bad news is that, this week, both the European Parliament and the Canadian House of Commons ignored public opposition by passing CETA – a risky and extreme trade and investment deal that will cost thousands of jobs, drive up the cost of pharmaceutical drugs, and allow multinationals to sue us for millions when our laws affect their profits. What’s worse, Canada’s Trade…

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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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Immigration adrenaline

February 9, 2017

Several years ago, in the project Blue Riband, I proposed many new ideas to address a shortage of marine professionals on ships and ashore. The project was meant to highlight shortcomings that I observed in the Canadian marine industry (but worldwide too), propose solutions, and mostly start a conversation. I needed to get those ideas out of my head, so from that perspective it was a success, but otherwise did…

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“Gentleman’s Agreement” and how they affect professional Canadian seafarers

October 31, 2016

Ontario – “Yours to discover” We were in port unloading, nearby, a well-known ship was in the dry-dock, getting repairs done. I thought to myself, what a great opportunity to dispel some myths, and have a look at this vessel, and perhaps “drop my name in”, as I had heard of the wages and conditions being “decent”. Once on board, I found the ship was not what I had imagined…

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