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…


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 – – 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…


Now, it’s official

June 13, 2012

From Maritime Propulsion As if we didn’t already know, or at least expected, the Globe and Mail reports on an international body recognition that Diesel exhaust does cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, held a meeting this week, in which they conclude that Diesel exhaust cause Cancer. I wonder how that’s going to impact us engineers working on ships, especially…


Mr. Duck goes to Ottawa

April 13, 2012

I am at the airport now, about to leave Ottawa after five days here, heading back home for a few days before going back to sea. I arrived in Ottawa on Sunday, and enjoyed our nation’s capital by visiting the parliament building, the war museum, and extensively walking around the downtown core, taking in the sights and experiences. On Tuesday, the true purpose of my visit, attending Mari Tech 2012,…


First introduction successful

March 31, 2012

Last night was a cool wet night in Victoria, but it was a warm welcome at the Canadian navy base where I gave a presentation on Blue Riband, which seems to have gone really well. I was a bit jittery about the whole thing, but the larger than normal crowd was quite receptive of these new concepts in Marine Engineering. Thank you to those who made the evening quite interesting…


Mona Lisa’s smirk

February 29, 2012

I came across a program spearheaded by the Swedes, being co-funded by the European Union, which may raise some eyebrows with our Deck Officer friends. The program is called Mona Lisa, and it involves directing ship traffic in the Baltic much like air traffic is controlled. Meaning very tightly. Below is a video that explains the project. There is some interesting features of the idea in there, that made my…