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…

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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…

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NA ECA: well, maybe

July 29, 2012

“proud to be stuck in 70’s” Transport Canada, last week, declared that they will not be be enforcing the North American Emission Control Area (NA ECA), which stipulated burning a lower sulphur fuel for ships, and which comes into force next week – August 1, 2012. The whole idea of the ECA is to reduce pollution and the impacts it has on human and planetary health. ” Due to significant…

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The hammer drops (on Canadian cabotage)

July 25, 2012

McCleary’s Spirit, loaded, in Quebec My gut is big, and not necessarily pretty, but its usually accurate when it comes to intuition. I felt that any day now we would have work for our ship, a product tanker, or something drastic would happen. Well, as it turns out, the latter happened. If you follow this blog, you’ll recalled that the ship I sail on was recently been laid up in…

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Costa Concordia accident report released

June 7, 2012

Peter Ramsauer from internet Ahahaha, made you look. Sorry, I used the old’ bait and switch trick in my title…. like you really expected that such a thing would make the light of day. Lloyd’s List had an article a few weeks about the Costa Concordia disaster, and how Germany’s Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer, is publicly pressuring the Italian government to release the results of their investigation, fully, and…

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STCW 2010

May 7, 2012

The International Shipping Federation (ISF) and the International Chamber of Shipping does a great deal of admirable work for seafarers. On their website you will find a multitude of resources. In particular there is a pamphlet that describes the impacts of last year’s IMO convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) held last year in Manila. The results are known as the Manila Amendments, or STCW2010. One…

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Introducing Blue Riband

February 23, 2012

Blue Riband is a fictional business model, an employee controlled entity, much like a professional organization. Many new ideas are proposed, encapsulated within Blue Riband, as possible solutions to the shortage of Marine Engineers in Canada. The project presents a new way to manage the high quality human capital needed, to make sure shipping remains viable, well into the future. You can visit the project’s website at http://www.blueriband.ca, to view…

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New regs take effect

February 16, 2012

I was just thumbing through the new IMO news magazine, noticing some upcoming changes in taking affect after recent ratification, that may affect you at work. One is the new North American Emission Control Area (ECA) coming into force, under amendments of Marpol. The new regulations affect… “…emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from ships will be subject to more stringent controls than the limits…

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