Looking to dodge Cdn taxes? look to DFO for advice

March 14, 2014

What’s good for the goose… In response to my recent blog post on a decision, denying a Canada Coasting Act waiver by the Canada Transportation Agency (CTA) – which is very unusual – Halifax Shipping News tweeted about another story, where the Canadian federal government seems to be stabbing the Canadian marine industry in the back. In his blog post, Halifax Shipping News highlights a Request for Proposal (RFP) by…

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Wanted: Passion, experiences, discoveries

January 15, 2014

Marine Engineering – The New Wave is looking for you: the sparkle in your company’s portfolio, the passionate debater, the champion of maritime matters, the creator of ships, the whiz of solutions, the grand visionary, the energy innovators… Yes, The New Wave wants you all! Technical Conference and Marine Exhibition The New Wave is a technical conference and exhibition occurring June 2014, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Western Canada is…

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Tenacity will lead to Friendship in Nanaimo

December 2, 2013

Island Tenacity, readied for Nanaimo Picture IFSL Tonight, the City Council of Nanaimo is holding a special meeting to hear from residents, about the proposal before them, by Island Ferry Service Ltd of Victoria. They are seeking approval, and some concessions, from the city in a bid to bring back foot passenger ferry between the Harbour City and Vancouver. In the past, several ventures have failed at this, for various…

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The strange gaze of the Navel Engineer

December 2, 2013

Qing Quentin Huang, undated picture from internet Well, no steel cut yet, but sure is an entertaining spectacles to see the NSPS develop. The latest headlines on the project are not good, and its not just the Auditor General report. From the middle east to New Zealand, and points in between, a NSPS story out of Hamilton, Ontario, is grabbing some international headlines. The national federal police force in Canada,…

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O NSPS, NSPS! wherefore art thou NSPS?

November 28, 2013

I was asked recently to make a comment in a forum between two seasoned mariners, now working ashore in senior level positions. Of course there is no way I want to be in between two sailors looking for “blood”, but it did make me think about expressing my thoughts on the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, aka the NSPS, that have been tumbling around in the old vacuous cranium…

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Oceanex takes delivery of Connaigra

September 28, 2013

Oceanex Conaigra leaving its German builders Today, Canada’s newest Canadian flagged cargo ship left its builders at Flensburger, in Germany, bound for Newfoundland and an excited crowd. The Oceanex Connaigra is owned and operated by St John’s based Oceanex. Oceanex operates the Oceanex Avalon, Cabot, Oceanex Sanderling and the Connaigra will join its fleetmates of RO/LOs serving the drop trailer, container service to Newfoundland and Labrador. Lori Caines, Spokesperson for…

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Bridging the waters of BC

September 24, 2013

I have a special fondness for the Marine Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Transport. They accepted me as a Marine Engineering Apprentice a long time ago, when very few companies chose to invest in training future Marine Engineers. The Marine Branch ran all the provincially owned ferries in the province until the 60’s, when BC Ferries was created. The ferries in the province where then separated into Fresh…

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Hot Hot Hot

April 18, 2013

The Middle East – AKA hot unlivable zone Well, I am busy again, this time I find myself in Ajman, in the smallest Emirate of the United Arab Emirates, about 30 km away from Dubai – but driving there takes about 6 hours, due to traffic. I am in the busy Arab Heavy Industries shipyard, in, what feels like the middle of nowhere, assisting with some modifications and upgrades to…

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