Why TC does not comment

January 31, 2011

I was doing some research on another topic when I came across an interesting article from the Tyee, a BC based, shall we say, left leaning, epub. The articles chronicles the interaction of the paper, with Transport Canada, and their (varying) stance on crewing for tugs operating in Vancouver Harbour. The reason this subject has been in the news this past year, is that Alberta “tar sands” crude, and bitumen,…

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That gentle glow, more than a nice sunset…

January 18, 2011

A shipment of Uranium concentrate was damaged on a cargo ship, during rough seas, while in transit from Vancouver to China, between Hawaii and Midway, in the Pacific. Two drum like containers, came loose from what I understand to be a larger shipping container, and have spilled their content into the ship’s hold. The ship, the MCP Altona, was instructed to return to Canada by the Uranium’s producer, Cameco, to…

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Delegation of duties

March 28, 2010

I am back at work, in full swing. After a quiet winter, on the “work front”, I rejoined the ship a couple of weeks ago, and have been up to my ears in work. Partly because the massive mess left by the crews, and their lack of professionalism, working over the winter months on various projects – main engine rebuild, 2 new generators, pipework, etc etc. We are almost all…

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Dredging cabotage issues in Quebec

October 13, 2009

The 1180 gt MV Port Mechins dredge (pictured right), operated by Dragage Verrault of Quebec, dredging the St Lawrence under contract to the federal government for the last 30 years, has had its seaworthiness questioned by Transport Canada (TC). According to a recent article appearing on the Seafarer’s International Union (SIU) Canadian newsletter, TC refusal to extend the Seaworthiness certificate to the aging vessel, built in 1949 (yes, 1949), has…

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Another Fishing Boat Lost

On the East Coast another FV has suddenly sank, only two lives were lost this time. Two too many. In this day and age of safety and regulations that all professional mariners live by, it amazes me that this segment of the marine industry seems to slide below the radar. It is the same old story: Fatal sinking probe looks at load rules By MICHAEL TUTTON The Canadian Press The…

September 17, 2009
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Canadian Government upgrades its simulators

April 5, 2009

Government of Canada delivers marine simulator to Nova Scotia Ottawa March 10, 2009 – A Government of Canada initiative will allow mariners-in-training to have a better opportunity to sharpen their seafaring skills without leaving dry land. The Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the transfer of a world-class marine training simulator to the Province of Nova Scotia, along with federal funding…

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Now We Know What A Life Is Worth!!

It is over 12k at least!Edited to add:I was to say the least, skeptical about the 12k number that was used, for the costs of doing a stability test on a fishing vessel. It seemed rather outrageous, so being curious and having the contacts, I called a friend at a local naval architecture company and asked.Yes indeed, I was told, 12k would be about the price, in fact it was…

March 3, 2009
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Seaspan crew in crash – update

August 14, 2008

This post is a follow up on the airplane crash that occurred two weeks ago on Vancouver Island, claiming the life of 5 people, 4 of them, employees of Seaspan, a large marine services company based in Vancouver BC. The following men were involved in the accident… Terry Axton, 51, of Maple Ridge. He was a loader, employed with Seaspan for 30 years. He leaves a partner and two children…

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