Cold and desolate

December 10, 2013

Pulling up the barge’s spuds on a very chilly day We pulled stakes – literally, the barge was “staked” in – from Deception Bay about three weeks ago (as written at the time when I had no internet service). However the weather deteriorating, and not having an anchor on the barge, meant we steamed around the bay doing circles for three days. Yes, there is no more fun a sailor…

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Far from home

I got home last week, but have been beset by “fires” which took priority over my online musings… but despite contracting a computer virus, not to mention the internet isolation of my last contract in the north, I hope to bring you a few steady musings over the next couple of weeks anyways. Speaking of isolation, Google has chosen to use a Marine Engineer on board a ship, to convey…

November 26, 2013
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A little tweet of this and little tweet of that

September 20, 2013

Like most of you, summer is my busy time, just not online. Between work, the kids out of school, and various projects, like home renovations, there is little time else to dedicate to the website(s). However, I’m tweeting fairly regularly, this allows me to keep my “nose in the biz” without consuming vast amounts of precious time. So feel free to follow me on Twitter @dieselduckster, below is my “feed”……

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Room and a Maritime Education

September 17, 2013

WMI’s Captain Bob Kitching stands in front of the institute’s new student accommodation building Western Maritime Institute (WMI) officially welcomed its first students into it’s new student housing building. A few weeks back, all the final touches and permits were completed on the brand new facility. Students enrolled at the maritime training school are now able to stay on site, at the campus, simplifying their life and reducing their overall…

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Pressure is building: TC’s CoR

August 30, 2013

TC’s HQ in Ottawa I love what I do, working on ships as a Marine Engineer. It’s hard to classify one-self, but judging from recommendations I have received fairly consistently over the years, I say I’m certainly “average” in my work performance. With liking what I do, and being somewhat successful, it’s little wonder that I wish to progress in my craft, move up the ranks, and achieve a higher…

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Oh sure, why not ! Anybody else…

August 18, 2013

I partly attribute my loss of a good job, and those of my 20 shipmates last year, to the ability of cargo owners to be quickly granted Canada Transportation Act waiver – where foreign owned ships, who pay no Canadian income tax (among others), hire no Canadians, yet operate in Canadian waters, or between Canadian ports. As a guy who’s invested pretty heavily in a seagoing Marine Engineering career, and…

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TC curtails certification on Island

July 8, 2013

TC HQ in Ottawa, Wikipedia If you live on Vancouver Island, and required any marine certification assistance by Transport Canada Ship Safety, you will be required to go to Victoria to get your certification work done; or you may choose to go Vancouver or Prince Rupert. Effective July 2nd 2013, the Nanaimo office of Transport Canada Ship Safety will no longer process deck or engine examinations, issuance of certificates, endorsements,…

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Confusing messages

June 25, 2013

Today, the IMO celebrates the seafarer with a Day of the Seafarer. Seafarers are a crucial part of shipping, which is a crucial part of world trade. Unfortunately, decades of abusing and neglecting seafarers has cast a shadow on the profession, making it a tough career sell. So the IMO is aiming to increase the image of the job. All of which is good really, but from my perspective, would…

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