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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IMO’s Word Maritime Day

September 28, 2016

Join the discussion on shipping’s future challenges and what does World Maritime Day mean to you? The 2016 World Maritime Day Forum will be held on Thursday 29 September, at IMO Headquarters in London, from 3.15 p.m (GMT+1) An eminent panel will discuss global shipping’s future challenges with opportunity for questions. The event will be live-streamed to media and the wider public. Live stream participants will be invited to take…

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Government Admits that it Illegally Issued Work Permits to Foreign Seafarers

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July 18, 2016

July 14, 2016 – Montreal, QC The Government of Canada has admitted that it illegally issued work permits to 11 foreign crew members of the New England, a Marshall Islands flag of convenience oil tanker that engaged in shipping in Canada in July 2015. As a result, the Government consented to an order of the Federal Court of Canada granting judicial review in all 11 applications made by the Seafarers’…

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Dealing with Transport Canada: bring patience and cash

June 21, 2016

Over the course of my 20 year career as a professional mariner in Canada, I routinely deal with Transport Canada, the certification authority in Canada. Some of my peers find these interactions akin to going to the dentist, sure they are useful, but not that pleasant. This post is about one of my recent interaction with Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS); you can be the judge of what its akin…

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Day of the Seafarer, June 25

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June 8, 2016

The International Maritime Organization’s celebration of the human factor enabling international shipping is known as the Day of the Seafarer, and this year, it’s just a couple of weeks away, on June 25, 2016. Campaign Message This year’s campaign aims to highlight that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry but for all of us. The campaign tagline this year is: #AtSeaForAll. It will create a picture…

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Coracle wins Seatrade Award – ‘Investment in People’

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May 10, 2016

Coracle designed and developed Web and App based up-skilling programme for UK-based charity, The Marine Society, wins Seatrade ‘Investment in People’ category. Leading seafarers charity, The Marine Society, scooped the Seatrade ‘Investment in People’ category with the Maths@Sea, Maths@Sea+, Writing@Sea and soon to launch English@Sea initiative. The programme of @Sea courses have been designed as an up-skilling project to cover the basics, presented in such a way that it does not…

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