“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…


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…


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…


Captain’s contribution recognized by Queen

July 27, 2013

Captain Bob Kitching was presented with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, some few months back. Captain Kitching might be a familiar name to you, for his long service to the west coast marine community, most recently leading the Maritime Education Associates, and being the financial backer and more importantly, vision, behind Western Maritime Institute (WMI). WMI is a sizable, accredited, and Transport Canada approved, private maritime training…


Big iron lands in BC

July 18, 2013

BCIT’s new training centerpiece, a MAN 7L48/60 Medium Speed Diesel engine Fantastic news the other week. After nearly two years of behind the scenes interaction, one big announcement was made by BCIT and MAN Diesel & Turbo Canada; as matter of fact, its 119 tons of announcement. BCIT has received a large medium speed Diesel engine; an inline 7 cylinder 48/60 series with common rail fuel injection, the second largest…


Carnival’s Tomorrowland

July 4, 2013

Micky Arison, ex CEO of Carnival Corp Carnival’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Micky Arison, is stepping down as CEO of the world’s largest cruise ship operating group, Carnival Corporation. The Israelis / American business man has held the title since 1979. Arnold W. Donald will take over from Mr. Arison, effective July 3rd, 2013, however Mr. Arison will remain the Chairman of Carnival Corp’s board of directors. Mr. Arison leaves…


Ship’s cook, victim of homicide onboard

September 25, 2012

Francois Hebert, Chief Cook, MV Umiavut, RIP The death of Francois Hebert, Quebec City based Chief Cook on board the Canadian flagged cargo ship MV Umiavut, has been ruled a homicide by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He is reported to have died on Saturday, Sept 15th, but was discovered in his cabin, at around 9am the following morning, when he did not report for work. At the time,…


Dayra Wood Pino, Engineering Cadet, RIP

September 12, 2012

How would you feel, sitting down for dinner in the ship’s mess, and knowing that for nearly three weeks, one of your dead crew mates has been lying in the ship’s cool room, next to the vegetables and foodstuff. Despite this, the vessel carries on calling at ports and handling cargo; business as usual. I suspect you would be pretty shaken up, I know I would be. Believe it or…