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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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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Highs and lows

April 20, 2013

May Edition now on news stands Toot tooot. There’s my own horn. BC Shipping News has picked an article of mine featured here, a few months ago, about the realities of the marine engineering training efficiency in Western Canada over the past twenty years. The piece, Reap what you sow, was the first part of my larger exercise, exploring the marine engineer workforce situation in Canada. The article is in…

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On a wing and a prayer – Blue Riband

March 18, 2013

Source – Interwebs I was visiting my friend over at Navcanada in Surrey, BC, getting a tour of the very impressive west coast air traffic control center. The “Center” handles the air traffic controlling duties of the many flights I take every year, so its nice to demystify it. The impressive tour of the new facility was fantastic, but one of the most memorable tidbit I took away from my…

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Costs of being a marine engineer

January 28, 2013

credit – interwebs A few weeks ago, I compiled a list of the steps required to achieving and maintaining a Transport Canada 1st Class Certificate of Competency. The list identifies the individual steps to hold a 1st Class and the associated cost not only in terms of money, but also in terms of time for training, in the “classroom”, and time served aboard a ship. I compiled one list for…

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STCW10 coming to Canada

October 1, 2012

SCTW10 rising from the deep The next Canadian Marine Advisory Committee (CMAC) meeting is a little more than a month away – to be held in Ottawa, on November 6th through the 8th. Transport Canada, which regulates pretty much everything we do in Canadian shipping, and especially us seafarers, uses this medium to discuss changes in their policies and regulations. They have proposed a long list of amendments to the…

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NA ECA: well, maybe

July 29, 2012

“proud to be stuck in 70’s” Transport Canada, last week, declared that they will not be be enforcing the North American Emission Control Area (NA ECA), which stipulated burning a lower sulphur fuel for ships, and which comes into force next week – August 1, 2012. The whole idea of the ECA is to reduce pollution and the impacts it has on human and planetary health. ” Due to significant…

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At least, its not the Grey List

July 17, 2012

Ocean Aventurer; maybe too much Canada’s flag is not on the Paris MoU’s Black List or Grey List; but then again the flag is not on the White List either. The lists are issued by the Paris MoU, a group of 27 nations banding together to inspect 24,000 ships last year, in hopes of reducing substandard and dangerous ships. Most of us seafarers know these inspections as Port State Control…

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