Random drug testing for seafarers in Canada

June 23, 2018

Browsing the Canada Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) website the other day, I ran across a very interesting paper, it was an arbitration decision, ruling in favour of the Guild and against west-coast tug and barge operator, Seaspan, over it’s random drug testing policies. I completely despise these “CYA”, big brothers, top down attitudes, which these drug policy initiatives seem to be born from. Controlling and punitive motives are probably…

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Seat Belts Please : TCMS is on the move

May 26, 2018

Big changes to the Marine Engineering certification process in Canada are underway to bring it inline with the Manila Amendments of the SCTW code. STCW2010 as it is called, came into force January 2012, however Transport Canada and its Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS) division, the federal regulator responsible for certifying seafarers in Canada, has yet to produce supporting regulations. They were required to be issued two years after agreeing…

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MT18 breaks records!

May 14, 2018

  It is with great pride that we extend a great big thank you to all our participant, for a very successful Mari-Tech 2018 Technical Conference and Marine Exhibition, this past April in Victoria, BC. By all metrics, the conference was a great success, and we thank our sponsors, in particular, our MT18 Platinum Level Sponsor, Babcock, which was an early and substantial participant. Wartsila and BC Ferries, our Gold…

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Technical Speakers Announced

March 10, 2018

The line up of speakers at Mari-Tech 2018 Technical Conference and Marine Exhibition has now been confirmed! This year’s technical papers cover a wide range of topics from experts in the marine industry which are meant to “hone the leading edge” …the conference’s theme.   Speaker Spotlight   Harald Tillung – Wärtsilä Solutions for infrastructure and power transfer for hybrid operated vessels Harald Tillung is the Business Development Manager at…

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Spreading the good word about Mari-Tech 2018

October 20, 2017

Mari Tech 2018 – Honing the leading edge Technical conference and Marine Exhibition Victoria Conference Center, Victoria, BC, Canada April 18-20, 2018 Its been a while since the West Coast of Canada has seen this annual gathering of marine professionals. Allot has happen since the last successful Mari Tech, hosted by Vancouver Island Branch of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering in 2011 – fast adoption of LNG and hybrid…

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Recommendations for Oil and Chemical Tanker Manifolds and Associated Equipment

October 20, 2017

We are proud to present a new joint publication by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI). Recommendations for Oil and Chemical Tanker Manifolds and Associated Equipment provides clear recommendations and guidance for oil tankers, chemical tankers and dual classed oil/chemical tankers with the aim of achieving improved safety, standardisation and compatibility with terminal facilities. It supersedes the fourth edition of OCIMF’s Recommendations for…

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Is Transport Canada going Plaid?

June 18, 2017

When I made up this graphic from a Jaws movie poster, it was to sort of characterize the coming of STCW2010; I knew it was a provocative, but as it turns out, quite accurate. The new requirements for retraining are significant, but hit every seafarer around the world equally. In addition to these new requirements, Transport Canada (TC) looks set to bring about some major changes to the Marine Engineering…

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Official start of the end of Canadian seafaring

February 14, 2017

Attached is a press release by the European Ship Owners, gloating about the exciting new opportunity that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will represent to their businesses. Meaning this is the official start of the end of Canadian Seafaring. Specifically mentioned in CETA, and boasted in the owners’ press release, is dredging activities. I am a Chief Engineer on one of the few dredging ships working in Canada,…

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