Working at sea; its so “romantic”

August 5, 2022

I made a Facebook post for my family and friends, to illustrate a bit of the living conditions while working at sea. For the active seafarers that frequent this site, this is very typical, but I thought it would be a good post to share here as well. —— Allot of people don’t really know what working at sea means. I often get the feeling from comments I hear, of…

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TC greases sqeaky wheel

July 24, 2022

11 dead, 70 injured, USD8 million in damage, almost USD90 million in legal settlements was the result of the Staten Island ferry Andrew J Barberi, slamming into a pier, on October  15th, 2003. On the list of major maritime accidents it was pretty significant, but for seafarers around the world, it was the match that lit the “crack down” on seafarer medicals. As for the cause, the National Transportation Safety…

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How long or many CTA waivers are enough?

June 7, 2022

CTA, oh my CTA, you are never far from my mind – cuz you keep sawing my legs off. The Canada Coasting Trade Act and the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) that administers it, are on the front line of our survival as professional seafarers in Canada. The quasi legal board of appointed “lawyers types” rules on whether or not, non Canadian (non tax paying) ships and their crews, to a…

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Shortage of Canadian Seafarers Survey

May 6, 2022

If you are a Canadian Seafarer, Marine Engineer, Masters Candidate and friend of the site, Bob Beadell, is looking for your input of the shortage of seafarers in Canada. The links for the survey are below: English: https://crewsurvey.limesurvey.net/162848?lang=en Français: https://crewsurvey.limesurvey.net/162848?lang=fr Re: Research study into the impacts of Canadian seafarer shortages Hi, my name is Bob Beadell, I am a Marine Consultant and Master’s student. My own seagoing career began with…

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CIMarE host third year ME cadets in Halifax

April 29, 2022

From the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE) news article by Tiffany O’Donnell. Last week the 3rd year Marine Engineering class had a little change of scenery with a field trip to Halifax.We began with a tour of the Canadian Coast Guard/Garde côtière canadienne base in Dartmouth. Luckily, for us we were able to see a little bit of everything including the CCGS Capt. Jaques Cartier, the CCGS M Perley…

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Lessons from Zim Kingston

March 11, 2022

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

February 8, 2022

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)

January 27, 2022

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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