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by wes
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: wages
Replies: 20
Views: 1978

Re: wages

PerpetualQuickFixes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Canadians Engineers immigrating here doesn't make the problem worse, sorry to dampen your doom and gloom. We want more engineers, Canadian engineers, that's the whole point...whether they immigrate here or are born here, what is the difference...
by wes
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: Transport Canada issues
Replies: 5
Views: 608

Re: Transport Canada issues

I have been treated like a piece of garbage at the TC office in Toronto (!!) several times. I will not go there again, and would reccommend others to avoid the place. The inspector there is condescending and very unhelpful... and I swear on my fathers grave that I was nothing but polite the entire t...
by wes
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Available Positions
Topic: TC 4th for Third Engineer McKeil Marine Limited
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: TC 4th for Third Engineer McKeil Marine Limited

Can I ask why? They seem to pay higher than all the bulk carriers, at least until 2nd class/first class (which are getting rarer and rarer these days), have a relief system, and pay for travel. Is it because it's a more hands on job? I don't work for them, just curious, and looking for my next move ...
by wes
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Merry Christam and Happy New Year - thanks for your participation
Replies: 7
Views: 560

Re: Merry Christam and Happy New Year - thanks for your participation

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all!

Thanks Martin for all your hard work keeping this thing going over all the years.
by wes
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Merlyn Birthday
Replies: 14
Views: 792

Re: Merlyn Birthday

Happy birthday sir!! Hope you had a good one. Many people enjoy your posts even though not many post about them. Cheers
by wes
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention
Replies: 80
Views: 9752

Re: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention

Holy crap an $1800 course, on top of $2000 PPS2 and $650 MAFA. Ugh... gouging of seafarers or what??
by wes
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention
Replies: 80
Views: 9752

Re: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention

Thanks JJ. This is good news IMO.
I wonder if the cadet program still covers us for those exams up to 2nd class? Or are we covered for the exams except for the new ones added?
by wes
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention
Replies: 80
Views: 9752

Re: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention

Just wanted to echo what someone else said...just because you memorize the answers to a few math & electro questions does not mean you are a better engineer than others. No one cares if you "went the hard way". Experience still is king, why do people forget this? No one is going to hir...
by wes
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: There's that navy humidity reasoning again
Replies: 25
Views: 1415

Re: There's that navy humidity reasoning again

I worked on an old B&W Alpha from the 60s earlier this year which had a broken fitting on it...double male, one end whitworth, one end bsp..that was fun to find a replacement. No lathe on that old ship either. I had to replace a bunch of piping, and yup, it was a surprise which was BSP and NPT. ...
by wes
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention
Replies: 80
Views: 9752

Re: CoC as per STCW 2010 Manila Convention

That is good news indeed! Now all the doomsayers can stop, right? Those of us still working towards higher class certificates don't have to be constantly told how worthless our goals/aspirations are? Fantastic!! Looking forward to the new SSB whenever it arrives. Will keep sailing in the mean time...
by wes
Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:02 pm
Forum: Events and Anouncements
Topic: 2008 Sept - Swartz Bay Engineer BBQ in Victoria
Replies: 1
Views: 2099

Re: 2008 Sept - Swartz Bay Engineer BBQ in Victoria

Wow.. I should show up and try and get a job...

I live in Esquimalt right now.. just moved here to go to UVic.
by wes
Tue Sep 23, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: Chief Engineer wages
Replies: 21
Views: 25477

Re: Chief Engineer wages

I assume algoma is similar to upper lakes, because they are both managed by the same company (SMT), but I am not 100% sure, so don't quote me on that. I have no experience with degagnes. The chief engineers with upper lakes are not unionized - they represent themselves as a group. I believe the 2 ye...
by wes
Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: General Job topics
Topic: Chief Engineer wages
Replies: 21
Views: 25477

Re: Chief Engineer wages

Chief engineers with upper lakes make $120k a year, 2 months on, 2 months off. I believe they sign 2 year contracts at a time.

But that is salary, I don't think they get overtime.
by wes
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:55 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Crunch time has arrived
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

Haha, yeah that seems like a dumb thing to complain about eh, given the job.

Most of the guys I work with are old guys who don't want to do deal with it anymore, I guess. Besides, its fishing season and what not.
by wes
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:42 am
Forum: Crew Mess
Topic: Crunch time has arrived
Replies: 9
Views: 4568

Hello I just got home as well. 10 ships of the fleet are running 6 and 6 (2 engineers instead of 3) in the engine room. The ship I just got off also had their mates and oilers running 6 and 6. The deckhands were all new and inexperienced. I find that the problem is greatly exaggerated in the summer ...

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