I noted the following statement on the face page of this site, with reference to something called "Blue Riband":
"Many new ideas are proposed as possible solutions to the shortage of Marine Engineers in Canada."
There will be no shortage of Marine Engineers, or of any other crew, in Canada once the Act and Regulations are amended. I submit this theory for your consideration. The Marine Personnel Regulations part II stipulates safe manning levels on Canadian ships concerning Certificates of Competence, endorsements required etc.
section 202 says:
202. (2) If one of the safe manning requirements established in accordance with subsection (1) sets out that a person shall hold a certificate, the certificate shall be
(a) issued or endorsed by the Administration
(b) endorsed as meeting the requirements of the STCW Convention.
So a Certificate required by the Safe Manning Document must be a Canadian Certificate on a Canadian ship. A Canadian Certificate is only issued to "qualified persons", as specified in section 111(a) of the MPR, vis:
111. Before a certificate of competency or an endorsement is issued to an applicant, the applicant shall provide the examiner with
(a) proof that the applicant is a qualified person
A "qualified person" is defined in the Canada Shipping Act 2001, section 2 vis:
« personne qualifiée »
“qualified person” means
(a) a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
Sections 87 and 88 of the Act says:
87. Every person who is employed on board a Canadian vessel in a position in respect of which a certificate is required under this Part shall hold the certificate and comply with its terms and conditions.
88. (1) Only a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act may hold a certificate of competency that is issued under this Part.
You think you have it covered. Canada, by policy, does not recognise any other Certificates of Competency from any other country, STCW or not, as valid certificates for Canadian ships. But wait......
Section 89 (1) of the Canada Shipping Act 2001 says:
89. (1) If the government of a foreign state has entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the Government of Canada to accept certificates of competency issued under this Part in lieu of certificates of competency of that state and if the Minister is satisfied that the requirements under the laws of the foreign state for a certificate of competency meet or exceed the requirements under this Act, the Minister may direct, subject to any conditions that the Minister specifies, that the foreign certificate may be accepted in lieu of a certificate of competency issued under this Part.
"THE MINISTER MAY DIRECT......THAT THE FOREIGN CERTIFICATE MAY BE ACCEPTED"
All it would take is for China (or any other third world country) to issue Certificates under STCW chapter III, (and they all do) accept Canadian Certificates of Competence and "enter into a reciprocal agreement" with Canada, and you'll have all kinds of third world Engineers on all kinds of Canadian ships working for wages between the $9 a day and $150 a day currently being offered by crewing agencies in the Middle East and Far East.
And don't think for a New York minute that this will never happen! The industry is in a race to the bottom.
All of this info is in the public domain on Justice Canada's site: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts ... ml#docCont
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