Transport Canada and Engineering CoC – A fine mess

January 29, 2018

Some engineer like myself have been putting off upgrading my Canadian Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency, my “CoC”, or “engineering license” / “ticket”, due to the fact the system had become cumbersome, and completely out of touch with reality. As signatory to the Standards of Training, Certification, Watchkeeping (STCW) convention of 1995, as amended in Manila, in 2010, Transport Canada (TC) agreed to update its licensing system to be in…


USCG releases memo on El Faro

January 22, 2018

Dec.21, 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Headquarter WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard today released the Final Action Memo regarding the loss of the S.S. El Faro and its 33 crewmembers during a 2015 hurricane near Crooked Island, Bahamas. In the Final Action Memo, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, approves the findings of fact, analysis, and conclusions detailed in the Marine Board of Investigation’s Report of Investigation, essentially marking…


Digging St Clair

October 28, 2017

Thought I’d share a recent email I sent my young boys at home, wondering what I do “at sea”, on a dredger. This crew signed on in Toronto, almost two weeks ago. We then proceeded across lake Ontario to Port Weller, through the seaway locks, all eight of them, to “climb” the Niagara Falls. We crossed Lake Erie, east to west,  which was surprisingly rough this time, I felt like we…


ReCAAP and OCIMF cooperate against piracy

July 25, 2017

Fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships given a boost with cooperation between ReCAAP information sharing centre and OCIMF The safety of navigation is vital to the safety, security and economic activities of all stakeholders traversing sea routes in Asia—the region with some of the busiest seas in the world. Recognising this shared interest, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP)…


Friends at Sea

June 25, 2017

Here’s a video I recently posted on my YouTube channel from a recent stint at sea. Filmed in June 2017, about 100 miles from Cape Hatteras, off the US east coast, we encountered many pod of dolphins (to be honest they may be purposes, I have no idea). This one pod was spotted far away coming towards the ship, not sure what they are attracted to in particular, but it’s…


A pain in my… arm

May 14, 2017

We were in a maintenance period at the company’s dock in Quebec City, doing a fair bit of heavy stuff, things were moving fast and the pieces were big.  The pain started just before ten in the morning, in my right elbow, not quite at the tip, but very near it; I could feel the exact spot where the pain emanated from, deep within my arm, in the bone almost,…


An Introduction to Marine Lubricants

May 11, 2017

10% pre-publication discount – offer ends 31 May 2017 An Introduction to Marine Lubricants  By Nigel Draffin ISBN: 978-1-908663-27-6 Price: £45.00 Publication date: June 2017 An Introduction to Marine Lubricants has been written by industry expert Nigel Draffin to shed light on marine lubricants and greases, a sector of the maritime industry that may be well understood by petroleum engineers and other specialists but for many remains highly complex and poorly-understood….


Go for gold !

May 10, 2017

Although merchant ships carry 90% of the world’s trade, the mariners who run them have little guidance on leadership. This can result in disasters such as the Titanic, Costa Concordia, the Exxon Valdez, and the recent El Faro. With modern ships being worth several million dollars, seafarers need leadership advice at every level of their career. Golden Stripes, Leadership on the High Seas provides this guidance, and much more. Captain…