Ken Harford, P.Eng. Awarded the CIMarE 2016 Medal of Excellence

October 10, 2016

From Robert Allan’s website On May 5th, the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering announced the 2016 winner of its Medal of Excellence. The National Council conferred the award on Mr. Ken Harford P.Eng., retiring Managing Director of Robert Allan Ltd. The presentation was made in absentia at Mari-Tech, Canada’s annual marine technology exhibition and conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Ken graduated from UBC in 1970 with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering…

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Day of the Seafarer, June 25

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June 8, 2016

The International Maritime Organization’s celebration of the human factor enabling international shipping is known as the Day of the Seafarer, and this year, it’s just a couple of weeks away, on June 25, 2016. Campaign Message This year’s campaign aims to highlight that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry but for all of us. The campaign tagline this year is: #AtSeaForAll. It will create a picture…

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Coracle wins Seatrade Award – ‘Investment in People’

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May 10, 2016

Coracle designed and developed Web and App based up-skilling programme for UK-based charity, The Marine Society, wins Seatrade ‘Investment in People’ category. Leading seafarers charity, The Marine Society, scooped the Seatrade ‘Investment in People’ category with the Maths@Sea, Maths@Sea+, Writing@Sea and soon to launch English@Sea initiative. The programme of @Sea courses have been designed as an up-skilling project to cover the basics, presented in such a way that it does not…

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Is the neighbor’s green grass lacking morality?

March 28, 2016

Some time ago, I received an interesting email, using the term “morality”, or the lack thereof, in describing the offshore oil and gas industry. Morality is not often used in shipping, but maybe it ought to. I thought it was in interesting wording by a young professional, and in itself provided some insight in our maritime industry in general and its future. Here are parts of his emails, and my…

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Western Maritime Institute in expansion mode… again

WMI courtyard
March 8, 2016

You would think Capt. Kitching would be enjoying the good life after passing on the bulk of his responsibility to the new owners of Western Maritime Institute (WMI), but you would be wrong. With no parking spot available the other day, when I visited, I quickly realized, there was obviously big things going on at Western Maritime. The Parking lot was full; on campus housing full; which meant the classrooms…

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Karma is nice

July 4, 2015

Charles Leeuwenburg wears many hats, being charitable to visiting sailors is just one more. (Picture by CL) Some people think I make a fortune off my marine engineering website. I don’t get that comment so much these days, but back when I started in 2000, there was this expectation that everybody with a website was a millionaire. No, far from it. It’s actually quite a bit of an expense in…

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Bob might finally retire; WMI changes ownership

March 16, 2015

Captain Robert CE Kitching, President, Western Maritime Institute Western Maritime Institute’s parking lot was full to the brim last week when I went to visit. The institute’s founder, Capt. Bob Kitching states that he’s even had to find parking out on the road on some days. Capt Kitching founded Western Maritime Institute (WMI) back in 2000, on the site of a surplus elementary school, in a semi rural area, south…

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“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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