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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Immigration adrenaline

February 9, 2017

Several years ago, in the project Blue Riband, I proposed many new ideas to address a shortage of marine professionals on ships and ashore. The project was meant to highlight shortcomings that I observed in the Canadian marine industry (but worldwide too), propose solutions, and mostly start a conversation. I needed to get those ideas out of my head, so from that perspective it was a success, but otherwise did…

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“Gentleman’s Agreement” and how they affect professional Canadian seafarers

October 31, 2016

Ontario – “Yours to discover” We were in port unloading, nearby, a well-known ship was in the dry-dock, getting repairs done. I thought to myself, what a great opportunity to dispel some myths, and have a look at this vessel, and perhaps “drop my name in”, as I had heard of the wages and conditions being “decent”. Once on board, I found the ship was not what I had imagined…

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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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Government Admits that it Illegally Issued Work Permits to Foreign Seafarers

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July 18, 2016

July 14, 2016 – Montreal, QC The Government of Canada has admitted that it illegally issued work permits to 11 foreign crew members of the New England, a Marshall Islands flag of convenience oil tanker that engaged in shipping in Canada in July 2015. As a result, the Government consented to an order of the Federal Court of Canada granting judicial review in all 11 applications made by the Seafarers’…

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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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RightShip and Green Marine team up for shipping sustainability

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June 4, 2016

Quebec City, QC, Thursday June 2, 2016 – Green Marine and RightShip signed a Memorandum of Understanding underscoring a new collaboration to advance environmental sustainability in the maritime sector. The MoU, signed yesterday during Green Marine’s 9th Annual Conference, GreenTech 2016, in Quebec City, Quebec, will serve as a framework to establish a productive working relationship with an overall view of contributing to the reduction of the marine industry’s environmental…

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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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