The hammer drops (on Canadian cabotage)

July 25, 2012

McCleary’s Spirit, loaded, in Quebec My gut is big, and not necessarily pretty, but its usually accurate when it comes to intuition. I felt that any day now we would have work for our ship, a product tanker, or something drastic would happen. Well, as it turns out, the latter happened. If you follow this blog, you’ll recalled that the ship I sail on was recently been laid up in…

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Seafarer Factory

July 21, 2012

From World Maritime The “Barista” over at the Marine Cafe blog has an interesting blog post, highlighting some observations of the “seafarer factory” known as the Philippines. Check it out. Some of the comments are insightful as well. The Filipino seafaring community was rocked by the European Union questioning the quality and intensity of maritime training in the Philippines. The European Union’s EMSA has threatened to remove acceptance of STCW…

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Warning to the world (Thanks Mr. Harper)

July 11, 2012

All my shipmates, except myself and the Captains, have been given lay off notices; for us its just a matter of time before we get ours as well. It seems that the vessel is unable to find work in these parts. Our usual cargo was clean petroleum products, and we moved it around the St Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. Some guys were working aboard for ten years, a…

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Budget Shoals claim UVic’s ship

July 4, 2012

Rendering of UVic’s research ship The University of Victoria much heralded planned “new” ship, dedicated to research, has fallen victim to budgets. The ex Canadian Coast Guard vessel, Tsekoa II, was obtained from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for the project. Grandiose plans to cut it, stretch it, and rework the entire propulsion system to a complex hybrid system, proved too much to swallow, financially, and the project has…

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Yet one more…

June 16, 2012

General Walter Natynczyk from CBC Yet another news story of note, to me anyways, again from the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national papers, is about the Canadian military’s top dog, General Walter Natynczyk lamenting the lack of steel cutting for new ships. I know the military is used to getting whatever it wants, but hey, welcome to the party General; just imagine how the Coast Guard guys feel…

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OETC phase out blowback makes an impression

May 24, 2012

I have a small tidbit of news on taxes. Coming home the other day, at the Vancouver Airport, I ran into Jean Crowder, my local Member of the Canadian Federal Parliament (MP). She was on the same flight to Nanaimo as I was, so I introduced myself, and to my surprise, she remembered me from our previous meeting, almost four years earlier, regarding my “Taxes for Canadian Seafarers Project“. After…

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Mr. Duck goes to Ottawa

April 13, 2012

I am at the airport now, about to leave Ottawa after five days here, heading back home for a few days before going back to sea. I arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, and enjoyed our nation’s capital by visiting the parliament building, the war museum, and extensively walking around the downtown core, taking in the sights and experiences. On Tuesday, the true purpose of my visit, attending Mari Tech 2012,…

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Conservative budget 2012, “Creating Jobs” ?

April 3, 2012

The Canadian government has not, is not, really known for any maritime policy prowess. There was some hope when they undertook the National Ship Procurement Strategy, that they could be seen to be recognizing how important ships are to Canada, but really this was more about defence spending, rather than a positive outlook on the importance of shipyards and heavy industry. With the latest federal budget, delivered late last week,…

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