Pressure is building: TC’s CoR

August 30, 2013

TC’s HQ in Ottawa I love what I do, working on ships as a Marine Engineer. It’s hard to classify one-self, but judging from recommendations I have received fairly consistently over the years, I say I’m certainly “average” in my work performance. With liking what I do, and being somewhat successful, it’s little wonder that I wish to progress in my craft, move up the ranks, and achieve a higher…


I don’t think ship operators call it charity

June 30, 2013

American Bureau of Shipping I ran across an interesting article from Bloomberg the other day; it’s subject is the tax status of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), among others. ABS is the Houston based ship classifications society. Some may not realize but ABS, and Lloyd’s Register, are actually “charities”. I would imagine the other classifications societies are as well, in their “home country”. I’ll admit its the strangest “charity”…


Highs and lows

April 20, 2013

May Edition now on news stands Toot tooot. There’s my own horn. BC Shipping News has picked an article of mine featured here, a few months ago, about the realities of the marine engineering training efficiency in Western Canada over the past twenty years. The piece, Reap what you sow, was the first part of my larger exercise, exploring the marine engineer workforce situation in Canada. The article is in…


Well, duh !

April 11, 2013

The path were on… Photo by Greenpeace Canadian Press Columnist Thomas Walkom, last Friday, penned an interesting column that certainly would identify a strong motive why there is such a “shortage” of “skilled labour” in Canada. It feels like Canada follows the same path as did the US, only about 10-20 years later – don’t it? Don’t those white old men in Ottawa, or wherever the decision are made, have…


On a wing and a prayer – Blue Riband

March 18, 2013

Source – Interwebs I was visiting my friend over at Navcanada in Surrey, BC, getting a tour of the very impressive west coast air traffic control center. The “Center” handles the air traffic controlling duties of the many flights I take every year, so its nice to demystify it. The impressive tour of the new facility was fantastic, but one of the most memorable tidbit I took away from my…


Musing about a future in the marine industry

March 11, 2013

Hey, Harper, here’s my EI job search journal for your auditing – Source Interwebs Over the last couple of months, I’ve been seeking out new work opportunities (on two continents, no less) since my venerable tug William J Moore and its product tank barge was repositioned to the Caribbean, due to a “lack of work” in Canada. The Captain and I were the last ones laid off, with most of…


Want a medal for that?

Call for Nominations 2013 award of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering Medal of Excellence The National Council of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering seeks nominations for the inaugural award of the CIMarE Medal of Excellence. Nominations are requested to be delivered to the CIMarE National Administrator, Ms. Lauren Solar, on or before Friday May 31, 2013. All nominations with be kept in strict confidence. Please return the attached…

March 7, 2013

Reap what you sow

October 29, 2012

BCIT in Vancouver Western Canada’s only formal Marine Engineering school I’ve had the unique opportunity to be intertwined in many aspects of the marine industry in Canada. Whether is in my professional life working on ship across the nation, or through my hobby Marine Engineering website,, I get to see many different perspectives. One of which, I would like to share with you, regarding the formal training of Marine…