Is Transport Canada going Plaid?

June 18, 2017

When I made up this graphic from a Jaws movie poster, it was to sort of characterize the coming of STCW2010; I knew it was a provocative, but as it turns out, quite accurate. The new requirements for retraining are significant, but hit every seafarer around the world equally. In addition to these new requirements, Transport Canada (TC) looks set to bring about some major changes to the Marine Engineering…

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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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Coracle wins Seatrade Award – ‘Investment in People’

logo marine society
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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Nanaimo’s WMI news and programs

May 9, 2016

WMI’s 2016/2017 Schedule is Live! The 2015/2016 academic year at Western Maritime Institute is coming to an end and we’re down to our last few spring courses. We’re excited about what the next academic year has in store. Congratulations to all Course registration is now available on our website and we are looking forward to having another very busy year with a campus full of activity. In the 2016/2017 academic year, we will…

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Western Maritime Institute in expansion mode… again

WMI courtyard
March 8, 2016

You would think Capt. Kitching would be enjoying the good life after passing on the bulk of his responsibility to the new owners of Western Maritime Institute (WMI), but you would be wrong. With no parking spot available the other day, when I visited, I quickly realized, there was obviously big things going on at Western Maritime. The Parking lot was full; on campus housing full; which meant the classrooms…

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Bob might finally retire; WMI changes ownership

March 16, 2015

Captain Robert CE Kitching, President, Western Maritime Institute Western Maritime Institute’s parking lot was full to the brim last week when I went to visit. The institute’s founder, Capt. Bob Kitching states that he’s even had to find parking out on the road on some days. Capt Kitching founded Western Maritime Institute (WMI) back in 2000, on the site of a surplus elementary school, in a semi rural area, south…

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Back to life, after a great big wave

June 22, 2014

Seaspan’s Brian Carter received a token of appreciation for his update on NSPS from MC Malcolm Barker As I type this, we are sailing across the Gulf of St Lawrence, having discharged a load of aggregate in Summerside, where I joined the ship.  We are proceeding to Sept Iles to load Aluminum, bound for Oswego, via the St Lawrence Seaway. What a treat it is to continue to explore the…

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“Big Iron” gets a fishbowl

March 31, 2014

BCIT North Van campus, home to the Cadet programs I got an email from Russel Oye recently, letting me know of a great development for the west coast engineering types. Most of you you may know Russel as the long time Shop Instructor at BCIT’s North Shore Marine Campus, where all recent Marine Engineering cadets have passed through. Russel is also involved in the Canadian Institutes of Marine Engineering though…

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