Joint CIMarE – SNAME all day event

April 28, 2009

It only happens once a year or so, but it is always well worth it and well attended. What is it ? Its the joint meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineer (SNAME)- Northwest Branch and the Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers (CIMarE). The full day of interesting discussion held this past weekend in Victoria BC, was topped off with a guided…

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A time for farewell

April 24, 2009

A friend of mine sent me this picture this morning, the only time this will ever happen. The retiring Queen of Prince Rupert makes her final farewells to the city of Prince Rupert on BC Northern Coast. Accompanied by the MV Northern Adventure, middle and the new and much bigger MV Northern Expedition at the top of the picture. That would have been a pretty neat picture to have the…

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Canadian Government upgrades its simulators

April 5, 2009

Government of Canada delivers marine simulator to Nova Scotia Ottawa March 10, 2009 – A Government of Canada initiative will allow mariners-in-training to have a better opportunity to sharpen their seafaring skills without leaving dry land. The Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the transfer of a world-class marine training simulator to the Province of Nova Scotia, along with federal funding…

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SMITen’ with Minette

April 1, 2009

To most industry watchers in the area, this little blurb on SMIT’s takeover of Prince Rupert based Minette Bay Ship Docking probably comes as no surprise. Rotterdam based tug and salvage giant SMIT, gained a foothold in Canada when it acquired the assets of Rivtow, back at the turn of the millennium. Fledgling at the time, Rivtow was a shadow of its former self, but remained an icon of the…

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Set for an Expedition

March 8, 2009

So the big news this weekend, around these parts, is the arrival of BC Ferries’ new ro-pax ferry MV Northern Expedition. The new vessel docked in Nanaimo last night, after being at sea for a little over a month and traveling just under 10,000 nautical miles from the FSG Shipyards in Flensburg, Germany, where it was built. The new vessel just about caps the company’s massive fleet revitalization program (there…

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$2 million bolts

March 8, 2009

The lynx is gone, but the legal wranglings continue. The Nanaimo Harbour Lynx faced a critical blow to their cash flow when it blew the starboard engine, just a little under two years ago. The company that ran it, investors from Victoria, went into bankruptcy and ceased to operate shortly after. The boat was subsequently repaired and purchased by a third party, who tried to make a go of it,…

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Old salts get online exposure

February 19, 2009

HTML clipboarThe National Film Board of Canada has recently put up much of its collection online, for all to access. This is a fantastic resource for all that is Canadian, but also an interesting look back at seafarers and technology in moving pictures. Most films are quite dated and specific maritime films are somewhat difficult to find, but within a few minutes I was looking at arctic exploration documentary, another…

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Icy warm welcome

February 5, 2009

I do apologize for the lack of recent post. Several factors have conspire to keep me away from the hobby I love doing, about the job and the industry we all share some fondness for. As I grow older I find myself being responsible. What happened! One minute I was in the pub “having a pint with the mates” not a care in the world, the next I have three…

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