martin's marine engineering page logo The container ship MV Valentina heads up the St Lawrence River in Canada, on herway to Montreal, passing Sorel, one cold Febrary day in 2009, photo by Martin Leduc

Special Projects

This area of Martin's Marine Engineering Page - www.dieselduck.net features various projects which impact the working lives and professional environment of active seafarers. The objective is to highlight perceived problems with our craft, dissect the issues, and offer solutions, rather than just complain about them.

We present these projects for your consideration and feedback.

Project Blue Riband

Start date   May 2011
Champion   Martin Leduc, Martin's Marine Engineering Page - www.dieselduck.net
Persons affected   Human capital in the Canadian commercial maritime industry
What's this project about   Blue Riband is a fictional entity, created to amalgamate many ideas into a functional business models, which illustrate the possibility of implementing changes to the way Marine Engineers work in Canada.
The main thrust of the concept, is pooling resources from ship operators and stakeholders, to elevated quality and supply of human capital, while allowing the marine engineering professionals a greater ownership of their profession.
Aim / Goal   The aim is to offer solutions to one of the major issues affecting commercial maritime industry in Canada, the lack of human capital, both at sea and ashore.
Last Developments   Sept 2012 - After official launch in Spring 2012 and considerable exposure shortly after, the concept has failed to gain traction, and feedback from parties affected - seafarers, operators or regulators - sadly.
Status   Jan 2013 - Still optimistic, but suspect concept is too big and radical for proper "digestion"
Project Website   www.blueriband.ca
Contacts   [email protected]

Canadian mariner income tax project 

Start date   January 2004
Champion   Martin Leduc, Martin's Marine Engineering Page - www.dieselduck.net
Persons affected   Professional seafarers residing in Canada, who earn wages working outside Canada
What's this project about   Currently, the Canadian Income Tax system sees no difference on where your income is from. A Canadian "foreign going" seafarer is taxed at the same rate as if you were working in a office in Canada, despite being absent from the country and its services for long periods of time. Most nations recognize the importance of seafarers and the new income they bring into their economy, and therefore offer tax incentive; these incentives put Canadian at a distinct disadvantage on the international market.
Aim / Goal   To petition the Canadian Federal Government to change it's tax policies, as they pertain to seafarers residing in Canada, but working outside the territory, to be inline with other nations, removing a serious competitive impediment. 
Last Developments   Sept 2012 - The Finance Minister has clearly stated that the Conservative Government is not interested in recognizing the impacts of foreign going seafarers, and according them special tax status. They took further steps thwart any possibility of this goal by extinguishing the OETC in 2012 - a distinctly backward steps towards stated goals of this project.
Status   Jan 2103 - Very low activity towards goal, perhaps a new Government would revisit the idea. Liberal and Conservative Governments have not been receptive.
Project Website   Canada Income taxes for professional seafarers project site
Contacts   Information

 

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