It’s a good news bad news thing

June 26, 2018

For nearly 20 years now, Canada, and many jurisdictions, have steadily migrated to a Safety Management System, where cash strapped government essentially downloaded responsibility of enforcing safety regulations onto industry itself. Companies love it because, well, safety glasses, cliché slogans, and dubious reporting present fewer impediments to their cash flows, than knowledgeable safety inspectors working on behalf of the common good – the government and the citizen they represent. Occasionally,…

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Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada

June 23, 2018

Browsing the Canada Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) website the other day, I ran across a very interesting paper, it was an arbitration decision, ruling in favour of the Guild and against west-coast tug and barge operator, Seaspan, over it’s random drug testing policies. I completely despise these “CYA”, big brothers, top down attitudes, which these drug policy initiatives seem to be born from. Controlling and punitive motives are probably…

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Seat Belts Please : TCMS is on the move

May 26, 2018

Big changes to the Marine Engineering certification process in Canada are underway to bring it inline with the Manila Amendments of the SCTW code. STCW2010 as it is called, came into force January 2012, however Transport Canada and its Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS) division, the federal regulator responsible for certifying seafarers in Canada, has yet to produce supporting regulations. They were required to be issued two years after agreeing…

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MT18 breaks records!

May 14, 2018

  It is with great pride that we extend a great big thank you to all our participant, for a very successful Mari-Tech 2018 Technical Conference and Marine Exhibition, this past April in Victoria, BC. By all metrics, the conference was a great success, and we thank our sponsors, in particular, our MT18 Platinum Level Sponsor, Babcock, which was an early and substantial participant. Wartsila and BC Ferries, our Gold…

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Technical Speakers Announced

March 10, 2018

The line up of speakers at Mari-Tech 2018 Technical Conference and Marine Exhibition has now been confirmed! This year’s technical papers cover a wide range of topics from experts in the marine industry which are meant to “hone the leading edge” …the conference’s theme.   Speaker Spotlight   Harald Tillung – Wärtsilä Solutions for infrastructure and power transfer for hybrid operated vessels Harald Tillung is the Business Development Manager at…

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Transport Canada and Engineering CoC – A fine mess

January 29, 2018

Some engineer like myself have been putting off upgrading my Canadian Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency, my “CoC”, or “engineering license” / “ticket”, due to the fact the system had become cumbersome, and completely out of touch with reality. As signatory to the Standards of Training, Certification, Watchkeeping (STCW) convention of 1995, as amended in Manila, in 2010, Transport Canada (TC) agreed to update its licensing system to be in…

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Enhanced security and environmental awareness in KSA

January 1, 2018

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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Western Maritime Institute Launches Engine Room Rating Program

November 17, 2017

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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