“Big Iron” gets a fishbowl

March 31, 2014

BCIT North Van campus, home to the Cadet programs I got an email from Russel Oye recently, letting me know of a great development for the west coast engineering types. Most of you you may know Russel as the long time Shop Instructor at BCIT’s North Shore Marine Campus, where all recent Marine Engineering cadets have passed through. Russel is also involved in the Canadian Institutes of Marine Engineering though…

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CIMarE’s 2014 Medal of Excellence

March 28, 2014

The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering’s Medal of Excellence Award is the hallmark of achievement in the Canadian marine engineering profession. It recognizes an individual’s contribution to marine engineering in this country, whether through innovation, service or leadership. The inaugural presentation last year to Bud Streeter was one of the high points of Mari-Tech 2013 in Halifax. Interviewed afterwards, Mr. Streeter remarked that “to be recognized by one’s peers in…

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What’s keeping you?

March 26, 2014

What a hectic few weeks. Got home to BC, from a blizzardy Newfoundland, looks like that it still pretty blizzardy over there. Needless to say I more than happy having to decide whether I should mow my lawn today, or tomorrow. Been busy with quite a few projects; taxes, failed computers / Windows 8, construction project, so on and so forth… One of the project taking allot of my time…

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The CTA refuses a Waiver – Pinch me !

March 12, 2014

Actual Cdn. content may vary Stunned, amazed – “pinch me”, the Canada Transportation Agency has surprised me! You see, I started watching more closely the application and decision process of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), several years ago, after my previous vessel was “displaced” by foreign tankers operating between Canadian ports. For whatever reason, our vessel, its entire crew, and its management lost the work we had been doing for…

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Walking Dead settlement found

February 28, 2014

Old jet fighter, center of town In the previous posts I talked allot about isolation and prisons, well, because it feels like that for me right now. I am on a small tug near the town of Stephenville, in western Newfoundland. We are docked at the site of the old pulp mill, abandoned a few years ago.  I was coming back from town the other day, after paying the cab…

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Regular Sex

February 24, 2014

NYC: March 2003 As it turns out, my latest hitch aboard another old tug, has taken me clear across the country, to Newfoundland. Unfortunately, as many in Eastern North America have experienced, the weather is brutal, and not conducive to many maritime operations.  With no civilization nearby, and with no other entertainment options, we’ve been passing the time watching quite a few movies, now well into my “second choice” library,…

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Missing link(s)

February 15, 2014

Another day in Newfoundland, another blizzard Yes, I am back online, after a brief one week stint at home, from a salvage job in Ontario back in early January, I’ve been dispatched clear across the country, to Newfoundland. The first time I’ve spent any time Designated onboard smoking area in this far flung place, unfortunately, the near constant blizzards and remoteness of the dock has meant little sightseeing. The boat…

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Evans’ riveting story

January 17, 2014

Evans McKeil We are just wrapping up cargo operations in Hamilton, the cargo is of wheat, lightered off the grounded Orsula, off Cape Vincent in late December. The ship made it to Montreal albeit with some damage to her propeller, but the “salvaged” cargo has been a long experience on its own, challenged by numerous weather, and “administrative” fronts. My workplace, and home, for this particular adventure has been the…

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