PrimeServ hits Canada

August 30, 2012

A toast to PrimeServ launch in BC I had the privilege, last week, of attending the launch of MAN Diesel and Turbo’s new PrimeServ service station in Canada. The event, which occurred in Vancouver, last Thursday, with many industry guest on hand, officially launched MAN’s service station on the West Coast of Canada. Earlier in the week, a ceremony was held in Halifax, to launch the East Coast’s PrimeServ location….

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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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Sharing wisdom

June 28, 2012

If you are a Marine Engineer looking for a little advice, there are options for you. Of course the whole idea behind the main site of Martin’s Marine Engineering Page – www.dieselduck.net – or The Common Rail (our forum area) is to educate and assist budding professionals excel. Sometimes though, its nice to connect with a peer who can offer personal guidance from their experiences and offer insight to improve…

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Costa Concordia accident report released

June 7, 2012

Peter Ramsauer from internet Ahahaha, made you look. Sorry, I used the old’ bait and switch trick in my title…. like you really expected that such a thing would make the light of day. Lloyd’s List had an article a few weeks about the Costa Concordia disaster, and how Germany’s Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, is publicly pressuring the Italian government to release the results of their investigation, fully, and…

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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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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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Office party, not for seafarers

December 20, 2011

In the last post, I talked about how misleading the stats were on a recent study of Post Secondary Education, and their earning potentials… this week I was sent this video which exemplifies this even more. The video is not of typical weather condition while working at sea, but this is the reality of the job. Having to put up with that, even before spending one once of your energy,…

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Mate still in Jail

November 29, 2011

You might recall a blog entry here, a few months back, and beyond, telling a story about a Ship’s Mate, Philip Halliday. The Digby, Nova Scotia, man was working aboard the Destiny Empress (ex CCGS Parizeau), when the ship was apprehended by the Spanish navy, while at sea in international waters.   Once the ship was searched by authorities, a large quantity of cocaine was found aboard, stashed there by…

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