Mystery of the missing engineer(s)

January 27, 2022

In the mid-nineties, I was in Diesel Engine mechanic training program at Camosun College, in Victoria BC. The instructor, Don Wilson, a legend in the diesel mechanic world of these parts, approached me with an interesting career prospect. He was in contact with Ian Smart, Director at the Marine Branch of the BC Ministry of Transportation, which oversaw the “fresh water” ferries in the province. They actually had only three…

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Canada’s cabotage on the table with UK trade talks

January 15, 2022

Canada’s trade negotiation with the UK is ramping up, and Canada’s cabotage is on the table – which could mean your job, seafaring and ashore, could be in jeopardy. Have a read at what the Seafarer International Union is saying about it and consider sending your elected official your comments. Alter the SIU’s sample letter as you see fit, send it! From the SIU website: In the coming months, negotiations…

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Three zero-emission harbour tugs mark Corvus Energy’s 500th project order.

January 7, 2022

Bergen, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, October 13, 2021— A pioneer of lithium-ion battery technology in maritime applications, Corvus Energy is proud to announce a major milestone for the company: the 500th project order. The order is the largest in Corvus’ history and is for the supply of the 5,288 kWh batteries for each of three zero-emission harbor tugs. The tugs will be built by Sanmar Shipyards for delivery to HaiSea…

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Fednav goes to space

November 18, 2021

I have long been interested in the links between money, “hard work”, and power in Canada, so when I stumbled upon a story of a person paying an astronomical amount of money to be one of those space tourists, my interest was aroused. A “philanthropist” going to space has certainly been a weird trend of late, where the only thing more out there than space, is the egocentricity. This is…

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The $1.5 million dollar deckhand

August 22, 2021

The Trans Mountain pipeline was / is a project in Canada, that takes Alberta oil sands oil to a marine terminal in Burnaby, in the neighboring province of British Columbia (BC). With very little benefits to BC, and significant risks, it was overwhelmingly rejected by the public in that province. As a result, the Federal Government which campaigned on being a climate friend, paid a handsome price to the American…

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Google to lay Topaz in Port Alberni

May 4, 2021

International mega super corp Google, is setting down some critical communication infrastructure in sleepy harbour town of Port Alberni, in British Columbia. Nestled at the end of the Alberni Inlet, in Barkley Sound, about half way up the west coast of Vancouver Island, on Canada’s west coast, Port Alberni and nearby Bamfield have a long and storied history with connecting Canada with the world via underwater communication cables. The area…

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Federally regulated workplace

January 12, 2021

Working on a ship in Canada, or in Canadian territorial waters, comes with a unique set of regulations, which are not the same as most other Canadian workplaces. Typically, you work for an employer who conducts business in a province, that province generally regulates and enforces those regulations, which applies to that workplace. For instance, worker disability programs (worker’s compensation in case of an accident), in the province of British…

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COVID19

March 22, 2020

The maritime world is going into deep shock! The fact that most seafarers are toiling out of sight makes them particularly vulnerable, more so in this time without precedent. Book ended by the brutal Saudi Arabia – Russia oil price war, and the COVID19 pandemic and its economical impacts, professional seafarers are going to find themselves considerably challenged in the near future. In my view, the disastrous response by the…

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