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)…

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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…

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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,…

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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….

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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…

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Official start of the end of Canadian seafaring

February 14, 2017

Attached is a press release by the European Ship Owners, gloating about the exciting new opportunity that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will represent to their businesses. Meaning this is the official start of the end of Canadian Seafaring. Specifically mentioned in CETA, and boasted in the owners’ press release, is dredging activities. I am a Chief Engineer on one of the few dredging ships working in Canada,…

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Immigration adrenaline

February 9, 2017

Several years ago, in the project Blue Riband, I proposed many new ideas to address a shortage of marine professionals on ships and ashore. The project was meant to highlight shortcomings that I observed in the Canadian marine industry (but worldwide too), propose solutions, and mostly start a conversation. I needed to get those ideas out of my head, so from that perspective it was a success, but otherwise did…

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“Gentleman’s Agreement” and how they affect professional Canadian seafarers

October 31, 2016

Ontario – “Yours to discover” We were in port unloading, nearby, a well-known ship was in the dry-dock, getting repairs done. I thought to myself, what a great opportunity to dispel some myths, and have a look at this vessel, and perhaps “drop my name in”, as I had heard of the wages and conditions being “decent”. Once on board, I found the ship was not what I had imagined…

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