Square peg in a round hole

December 5, 2022

Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS), is the ubiquitous part of my, and many other’s marine career in Canada. A common aspect of the interactions I get, relating to TCMS, is the bewildered head shaking that goes with them. Admittedly, I am critical of the department’s apparent lack of technical leadership, skill or action on files. On this platform I have often highlighted these shortfalls in hopes things will change, but…

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Available Nautical Bursary

November 14, 2022

Applications are invited from qualified students for the fall 2022 Nautical Professional Education Society of Canada bursaries. There will be five C$1,500 bursaries awarded to applicants enrolled in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering courses of a minimum length of 250 hours at a training institution approved by Transport Canada and registered with the British Columbia government. For more information and to make an application please visit the web site at…

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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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Crossing the bar: Claude Leduc

April 19, 2022

This post is a small and personal tribute to my father, Claude Leduc, who passed away in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, April 03, 2022. He was a most loving and supportive father; always eager, engaged, and interested in hearing all my sea stories, career developments and gripes. A constant grounding force and voice of compassion and reason, he was a champion of my causes. Thank you dad, I…

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TC to issue CoR to Ukrainians CoC

March 31, 2022

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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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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