A brat in my backyard

May 18, 2010

Well its been a couple of weeks since my last tweet, sort of speak. In that time, I, and the domestic compensation unit, aka “the wife”, have been very busy in the back yard, turning it into a safe and cozy refuge from the “stormy seas” outside. This entailed building about 200 feet of wood fencing, and about a dozen pick truck loads of whatever, but always damn heavy. With…


Owen Sound grabs some kW

September 22, 2009

This last year has seen a dramatic downturn in shipping, especially on the Great Lakes, silencing the many “calls to action” regarding the elephant in the room, a looming shortage of trained and capable seafarers. This shortage has not gone away, although the temporary – critical shortage has. Perhaps shipping will not rebound to levels that they were last year, anytime in the near future, but one can be sure…


Reality Sea

June 24, 2009

Review of TV program, The Merchant Navy The Merchant Navy is a quasi recruitment film / reality television program that hit the airwaves in the UK in late 2008. Produced by Scottish Television and sponsored by Careersatsea.org, The show follows the daily operations of professional seafarers, generally new recruits, aboard various types of UK registered ships. In the first three episodes, the cameras follow three maritime college cadets, of varying…


No lack of vision or enthusiasm at WMI

May 14, 2009

I am not a betting man, usually, but I would venture a bet to say that a 25 year old would have a tough time keeping up with Capt. Bob Kitching, pushing 70 years young. I finally caught up to him at his office at the Western Maritime Institute, outside Nanaimo, BC in March 2009. I did a piece on this new facility about a year ago. At the time,…


Canadian Government upgrades its simulators

April 5, 2009

Government of Canada delivers marine simulator to Nova Scotia Ottawa March 10, 2009 – A Government of Canada initiative will allow mariners-in-training to have a better opportunity to sharpen their seafaring skills without leaving dry land. The Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the transfer of a world-class marine training simulator to the Province of Nova Scotia, along with federal funding…


A bit of BC on the Queen

October 13, 2008

BCIT’s first Marine Engineering student heads to New York to complete program aboard RMS Queen Mary 2 BURNABY, BC: For the first time ever, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Marine Engineering student Matthew Thomas will head to New York where he is scheduled to board Cunard Line’s world-renowned ocean-liner, RMS Queen Mary 2. As part of his third co-op work term at the BCIT Marine Campus (BMC), Matthew will…


Western Maritime Institute sets up shop on VI

February 9, 2008

Well he has done it. Capt Bob Kitching has closed the deal and Canada has a new maritime training facility called “Western Maritime Institute”. I was excited to hear about this new endeavor back in November, as it represents a great investment in our maritime community, and allows people to access training without having to spend an absurd amount of money in related housing and traveling expenses as it is…