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, www.dieselduck.net, I get to see many different perspectives. One of which, I would like to share with you, regarding the formal training of Marine…


CIMarE new online digs

October 12, 2012

Newly redesigned CIMarE website The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering launched their new website last month. The CIMarE is the national organization representing professional Marine Engineers at sea and ashore. They write… The new site will hopefully be more accessible, more informative and more up-to-date. Of course, it contains many of the features our previous site offered including local branch information, scholarships and awards criteria, membership application procedures and contact…


STCW10 coming to Canada

October 1, 2012

SCTW10 rising from the deep The next Canadian Marine Advisory Committee (CMAC) meeting is a little more than a month away – to be held in Ottawa, on November 6th through the 8th. Transport Canada, which regulates pretty much everything we do in Canadian shipping, and especially us seafarers, uses this medium to discuss changes in their policies and regulations. They have proposed a long list of amendments to the…


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…