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TC to issue CoR to Ukrainians CoC

Canadian ship owners are facing some serious crewing troubles! Decades of cajoling and bullying labour has resulted in a pointed lack of Canadian seafarers, which is starting to have significant effect on operations. Trying to get young people in the industry is a difficult endeavour, but even retaining crew has become a challenge, with many looking to move away from the industry. My younger peers over at the Loose Lips…

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Lessons from Zim Kingston

On October 21, 2021, near the completion of its journey from South Korea to Vancouver, the container ship Zim Kingston reported to Canada’s Vessel Traffic Service Prince Rupert Radio, that it had lost part of its cargo of containers. Originally, the ship reported losing 40 containers, which was revised to 109 a few days later. US and Canadian authorities dropped locating beacons to track the movement of the containers; the…

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Canada – Marine Personnel Regulation Proposed Changes

A Message from the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering’s Honourary President on Marine Personnel Regulation Proposed Changes Hello Fellow Members of CIMarE Many of you will know that Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security is engaged in a major re-write of the Marine Personnel Regulations (MPRs). The stated goal is to align Canadian Regulations with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers…

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Mystery of the missing engineer(s)

In the mid-nineties, I was in Diesel Engine mechanic training program at Camosun College, in Victoria BC. The instructor, Don Wilson, a legend in the diesel mechanic world of these parts, approached me with an interesting career prospect. He was in contact with Ian Smart, Director at the Marine Branch of the BC Ministry of Transportation, which oversaw the “fresh water” ferries in the province. They actually had only three…

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Canada’s cabotage on the table with UK trade talks

Canada’s trade negotiation with the UK is ramping up, and Canada’s cabotage is on the table – which could mean your job, seafaring and ashore, could be in jeopardy. Have a read at what the Seafarer International Union is saying about it and consider sending your elected official your comments. Alter the SIU’s sample letter as you see fit, send it! From the SIU website: In the coming months, negotiations…

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Zim Kingston just doesn’t want to go away

Zim Kingston might be last year’s news, but the reality is that the ship is probably nowhere near departing the west coast of Canada. Some of you might might still be interested in the container ship’s troubles, which persist, like the COVID. In mid October, 2021, the ship encountered heavy seas off the coast of Vancouver Island, and several stack of containers collapsed, spilling 109, 40 foot containers into Canadian…

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ABB selects Corvus Energy battery for Crowley eWolf all-electric tug

Seattle, USA and Bergen, Norway – August 30, 2021 – Corvus Energy is pleased to announce that it has been selected by ABB Marine & Ports to supply the energy storage system for the all-electric tug eWolf by Crowley Maritime Corporation. The vessel will be installed with 6.2 MWh of Corvus Orca Energy battery, which will become an essential part of the complete integrated electrical propulsion system delivered by ABB. …

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Steerprop to Deliver the Azimuth Propulsors to a Series Of Ramparts Tugboats

The contract for the six SP 20 WD azimuth propulsion units, delivering 1,610 kW of power each, was signed in April 2021 and will be delivered in Q3 2021. “The Robert Allan designed RAmparts 2300_UZM tugs with 50+ ton of Bollard Pull are very efficient and agile tugs, providing a lot of performance in a compact package”, says Donato Agostinelli, Sales Manager at Steerprop. “Since the tugs will be operating…

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