Check your tickets!

February 27, 2019

Transport Canada (TC) now offers the capability of checking the validity of any Canadian seafarer’s certificates. In its most recent Ship Safety Bulletin released, TC announced that a new, free, website service is available online, for anyone to use to check the validity of a certificate of competency / proficiency, seafarer medical or other endorsement The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) recommends that…


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”……


New look for main website

October 26, 2012

Online since 1999, MMEP gets an updated look in 2012 Its been along time coming, and it’s finally here. I spent a couple of years of working around a defective web authoring program that I used for many years, which caused me many headaches. Then of course the frames style of the website, in use for many years, became a major problem in website structure vis a vis navigation and…


“Ship porn” finds new home

October 15, 2012

Last week, I officially launched Seafarer Media (, a stand-alone website, with numerous picture galleries featuring ships; all sorts, in all types of predicaments. The galleries are easy to navigate and feature rating and comment features. They can be viewed by visitor using multiple metrics – such as most recent, most popular, tags, and so on – overall very neat. Spinning off this large part of the newly refitted main…


CIMarE new online digs

October 12, 2012

Newly redesigned CIMarE website The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering launched their new website last month. The CIMarE is the national organization representing professional Marine Engineers at sea and ashore. They write… The new site will hopefully be more accessible, more informative and more up-to-date. Of course, it contains many of the features our previous site offered including local branch information, scholarships and awards criteria, membership application procedures and contact…


Summer time blues

August 29, 2012

Too much summer sun! Its been a super nice summer here in BC, I am 3/4 of the way into my time off the ship, so its time to start thinking about going back. Time to wrap up my home projects, start putting on “my ship” head but play a little more with the kids. The website, like a good portion of the visitors, takes a hiatus during the summer….


Notice of service for The Common Rail

It appears that The Common Rail, our community forum, has been hacked, and the website has been distributing various redirects to spam considered “low threat” by Sophos security software. If you have security software installed, you should get a message like “Malicious Content Blocked”, I got the following malware “Mal/Badscr-M” identified as the threat. From my experimentation it appears to only affect user using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. I use…

April 25, 2012

Fall is here, now get to work !

September 17, 2011

Whoooaaa what a long time between posts! A whole month. Yes, the later part of the summer in BC was absolutely gorgeous, which went very well with all the family activities that occurred during my last time off – weddings, BBQs, birthday parties, road trip, etc. These websites are of course my hobby, so unfortunately for my regular visitors, that meant a lack of new stuff, here especially. Well, the…