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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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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Canada’s cabotage on the table with UK trade talks

January 15, 2022

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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