Maritime industry sits in the basement

May 7, 2008

Looks like there is allot of activity at the site of the old Versatile Shipyards, bordering the Vancouver Dry dock. Seems the land developers have been salivating at the thought of some prime real estate on the north shore of Vancouver’s inner harbor. The property was last occupied by Versatile Shipyards, where during the second world war, they were a major contributor to the war effort building many ships. The…

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Sorry Gumby, time to go

April 24, 2008

Last meeting of the Vancouver Island Branch of the CIMarE I finally met Mr. Darren Williams and was re-introduce to the universal fit survival suit. He was there to introduce us to a problem that I thought was… oh hum – at first. I didn’t really think about it, as I imagine most really don’t, until it is too late. It was not long before Darren quickly illustrated the issues…

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Easter Bunny visits Transport Canada

Over the long Easter weekend, March 21-24, enterprising thieves rummaged through the federal government building at 1230 Government Street in Victoria, BC. Sources for Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net say the thieves had a “all access” electronic pass card, allowing them full access, which they used, as they repeatedly came and carted off stolen goods over the duration of the long weekend. It appears the theft was general in…

April 18, 2008
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Clubbing the Canadian Coast Guard

March 31, 2008

Image conscious Canadian Coast Guard is under quite a few spotlights these days. Theres is bound to be some discomfort at HQ after several incidents in the Maritimes (Eastern Canada) which has drawn media scrutiny, and even became the second topic discussed today in the house of commons’ Question Period. The Prime Minister stated that the accident would be investigated publicly, by no less that the Coast Guard, Dept of…

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Icebreaker to the Aid!

It has been a many years since Marine Atlantic Ferries have not been able to get into Sydney due to ice !! NORTH SYDNEY — The Canadian Coast Guard has sent its largest icebreaker to rescue a passenger ferry that can’t enter Sydney Harbour due to high winds and chunks of ice.About 170 passengers spent Tuesday night aboard the MV Caribou, but a spokeswoman for Marine Atlantic said they were…

March 20, 2008
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Drug seizures might be “up” in the Artic

February 17, 2008

The article below, from Fairplay, reports on the United States foray into the development of a safe and commercially viable northwest passage. But one must wonder of the seriousness or the effectiveness of the effort when they are sending an aging medium endurance, probably not ice strengthened, law enforcement cutter into such a notorious area. I guess the US wants to jump on the “claim the arctic” bandwagon; the line…

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S.S. Caribou’s last surviving crew member dies

February 17, 2008

A bit of forgotten WWII history. John Matthews served on ferry sunk by U-boat in 1942By CORY HURLEY Corner Brook Western Star CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A man believed to be the last living crew member and one of the last known survivors of a German U-boat attack on the the S.S. Caribou off Newfoundland in 1942, has died.John Matthews, 84, passed away in hospital last Thursday after years of…

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Marine Safety Introduces the Regulations Query System

I hope it is easier to navigate then their site !! As you are aware, the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) came into force on July 1, 2007. The CSA 2001 replaces the old Canada Shipping Act as the enabling legislation governing safety in marine transportation and recreational boating as well as for protection of the marine environment. To facilitate compliance with the CSA 2001, Transport Canada Marine…

February 13, 2008
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