All I want is for a STCW licensing system to be on par with worldwide standards, so that Canada trained Marine Engineers have the ability to compete on the world stage on the basis of ticket. I was prepared to take the risk to see a pay stagnation, but it is a worthwhile risk if it opens up opportunities. But right now, without any Canadian trained engineers being reasonably able to achieve first class, who is going to manned TCMS offices, or make policies.
Those guys with their First Class who sacrificed a great deal to go through the stupid antiquated process / memory exercise of licensing in Canada, now made even worst, were rightly nervous, but it does not means the system they went through was the right way to license engineers. I think the younger generation just got a giant ass reaming without lube.
In my discussion with peers, no one seems to be able to comprehend where this is coming from. But obviously some special interest with allot of weight was behind this reversal in policy. Seeing how the government only seem to do the bidding of connected special interest, Fednav / CSL / Algoma / East Coast O&Gwould be obvious big players to win from a collapse of Marine Engineering, and therefore collapse of Cabotage via Canadian seafarer shortage, but this would endanger a massive amount of other players - like ferries, CCG, DND, small players, etc, critical to the operational needs of the nation. It's completely mind boggling.
The only thing that is clear is that it makes it almost impossible to upgrade or advance - as the previous system, which we go back to and add even more hurdles to comes back into play - has demonstrated, that it is not able to cope in supplying Canadian trained Marine Engineers to Canadian ship operators.
As far as new requirements for High Voltage training, if I am not mistaken, BC ferries has a few diesel electric vessels - Super C - which probably run on HV, not to mention new hybrid systems coming online such as Seaspan - its not just a few isolated CCG ships, nor is it looking forward.
In speaking with peers, I know this is bad news for them.
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