• 18 Cheviot Hill, Porters Lake, NS B3E 1K1

Shipbuilders and Marine Engineers Golf Tournament

Registration closes JUNE 13, 2024

Good afternoon everyone on this beautiful day!  We are about a month away from the Shipbuilders and Marine Engineers Golf tournament 2024 and registration is now over half full!  We will be having the tournament at the beautiful Chester Golf Course this year on Thursday June 13, 2024 starting at 830am!

We are happy to be able to keep the cost at $175.00 per player, $700.00 per team of 4 this year with golf cart included.  Adjustments will be made for current members for golf and dinner only.  We will be having BBQ chicken dinners at the end of the tournament.  If there are any dietary restrictions please let us know

With everyone receiving a prize we are always looking for donations and will gladly accept any prizes or monetary donations to help with the prizes.  All profits from the tournament will be given as donations to the Mission of Seafarers and Bonny Lea farm. 

 If you have any donations please drop them off at International Paint at 250 Brownlow Avenue Suite 2 or I can pick them up and we will ensure they are included with the prizes.  Remember the more donations, the more we can donate as a group to Bonny Lea and Mission to seafarers.

Get your team registered today to hold your spot!  There will be 18 teams of 4 available this year.  The registration form can be downloaded here.

Any registration cheques and prizes can be dropped off at International Paint Suite 2, 250 Brownlow Ave Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

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In Memory of Raymond Morrissey

MORRISSEY, Raymond – It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond share the news of his passing. Ray died on December 25, 2023, at the age of 93 at Hospice Niagara.

Predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Eileen Marie (Young) Morrissey and his sisters, Theresa Gear and Eileen Morrissey. Lovingly remembered by his brothers, Daniel, William, Frank and Neil and his sisters, Rosann Mallon and Mary Webster. Ray is also remembered fondly by Ted England (brother-in-law) and Bonnie Easton (niece), as well as many relatives, friends and colleagues.

Raymond was a loving and devoted husband to Louise for 61 years. As a sailor he was away from home for long periods of time. The life of a sailor’s wife is a challenging one, but they both made the long-distance relationship work. There is some comfort in knowing that Ray and Lou will be together again in heaven.

Ray was involved in the Niagara Mariner’s Club, Cattlemen’s Association, Feeder Finance and the OFA.

Ray will likely be remembered most for his generosity, dedication, intellect and insatiable curiosity. He was a life-long learner and expert problem solver. If something needed fixing he would always figure out a way to fix it. As a sailor on the lake ships for over 70 years, he was best known in his capacity as chief engineer. His shipmates and friends tell many stories about Ray, affectionately referring to him only as “Chief”.


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AGM 2024

CIMARE Great Lakes Branch Annual General Meeting

CIMARE Great Lakes Branch AGM


Please see below/attached details for the AGM coming up on January 18th, 2024.

Date: Thursday January 18th, 2024

Time: Social hour (cash bar) at 18:00, Presentation at 19:00, Informal Buffet-type Dinner throughout the evening

Attire: Casual

Location: Loose Moose, 146 Front St W, Toronto (3 minute walk from the Royal York)

Tickets: $160.00 taxes included

Group Discounts:

5 tickets or more – $5 off per ticket ($155.00 each)

10 tickets or more – $10 off per ticket ($150.00 each)

20 tickets or more – $20 off per ticket ($140.00 each)

Technical Guest Keynote Speaker:   Mr. Derek Davis, P. Eng

“Submarines and Canada: 110 Years and Counting”

Discussing Canada’s history with submarines, how we got where we are today, what submarines bring to the table from both a Naval and national perspective, and where Canada may go with submarines in the future.

Our keynote speaker has been graciously sponsored by Canal Marine & Industrial Inc.

We will also be acknowledging the deserving CIMARE award/grant recipients from Georgian College at this event!

For tickets and/or to RSVP, please contact Gerald Oskam gerald@amherstgroup.ca or (905) 658-9927 as soon as possible.  For payment options/information, please contact Gerald.

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CIMARE Great Lakes Branch – Technical Paper Presentation by Wartsila Exhaust Treatment


DATE: Friday, October 27th, 2023

TIME: 11:30 (Eastern) Presentation 12:00 to 12:30

Location: Walter Hiltebrand Marine Services Ltd.

2235 Hwy. 20 E, Unit 27-28,  Welland, ON L3B 5N5

Wärtsilä Development of Onboard Carbon Capture and Storage System for Marine Industry


Decarbonisation is one of the greatest challenges the shipping industry has faced in its long history. At Wärtsilä, we believe that part of the solution lies in technology, and this is why one of the multiple research and development pathways we are focusing on is Onboard Carbon Capture and Storage system. From all the experience throughout the years with SOx scrubbing we believe that we are perfectly placed to pioneer Onboard Carbon Capture and Storage and unlock an immediate decarbonisation impact. Currently we are focusing on solvent-based scrubbing solution aiming at carbon capture rate in line with IMOs decarbonisation targets. We have successfully been operating our test installation since 2021 and have several pilot projects under work. We are currently working on the complete value chain to have a system that makes a genuine difference.“

Please share to with anyone who may be interested in this presentation!

Please RSVP at cimareglb@gmail.com for this event – we need to confirm final numbers no later than Oct 20th.

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DATE: Thursday, October 12th, 2023

TIME: 12:00 Atlantic (8:00 Pacific, 11:00 Eastern, 12:30 NFLD)

Location: Brightwood Golf and Country Club, https://www.brightwoodgolf.ca/

(In person) and GoTo Meeting Video Link through CIMarE.

Timing: 1215-1315 (Please arrive at 1200 as presenter will start at 1215)



In recent years, the marine industry has put a significant emphasis on making the world’s fleets “greener” and more environmentally friendly. Driven by public opinion, and enforced by IMO, flag state and other regulators, alternative fuels and advanced propulsion and power generation arrangements have become mainstream.

As always, stakeholder enthusiasm does not necessarily result in marine operators achieving their desired goals. Not all initiatives result in reduced emissions and even fewer provide the necessary operational reliability and a solid business case. To succeed long term, all of these requirements must be met.

This paper will provide an overview of the history of the industry’s greening efforts, identify challenges left to overcome, and look at several real life applications that have successfully been deployed and are delivering the promised results.


Paul Jamer

Paul has been a well-known member of the marine and offshore community for many years. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities both in Canada and Internationally. He has been an active board member for several marine and energy related organizations, specifically as a Chair of the Maritimes Energy Association and Chair of FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy).

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Expert Witnesses: The Superheroes of Witnesses


DATE: Thursday, May 11th, 2023

TIME: 12:00 Atlantic (8:00 Pacific, 11:00 Eastern, 12:30 NFLD)

Location: Brightwood Golf and Country Club, https://www.brightwoodgolf.ca/

(In person) and GoTo Meeting Video Link through CIMarE.

Timing: 1215-1315 (Please arrive at 1200 as presenter will start at 1215)

Note: Clubhouse lunch will be available for purchase and delivered at 1315 once speaker finishes presenting and questions!!

Expert Witnesses: The Superheroes of Witnesses


Norm Letalik presents a survey of the special role that experts play in the litigation process including assessing matters to determine fault, recording evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing reports and testifying in courts or at arbitrations or assisting in finding solutions at mediations.


The special powers given to expert witness come with additional responsibilities to the court to provide objective expert opinion and to interpret facts and educate the court so that the evidence can be better understood by the trier of fact. Unlike ordinary witnesses, expert witnesses may testify on evidence that would otherwise be excluded as hearsay evidence. We will review what characteristics courts expect experts to possess and how experts need to communicate with lawyers retaining them. Experts need to comport themselves as being independent so that their message will be heard and adopted by the courts.


Norm Letalik , M.A LL.B  LL.M

Norm Letalik, has been called to the Bar in Ontario since 1989 and to the Rolls as a Solicitor in England and Wales since 1998.  He practiced as a litigator in BLG’s Toronto office for 28 years handling all matter of marine, aviation and product liability claims.  Following his retirement from private practice he was General Counsel for Volkswagen Group Canada and now resides in Halifax and is Counsel to Metcalf and Company.  Prior to practicing law, Norm was a law professor at Dalhousie Law School and a Research Associate and Assistant Director of the Dalhousie Ocean Studies Program

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Green house Gas (GHG) Emissions for Domestic Fleet


DATE: Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

TIME: 12:00 Eastern (9:00 Pacific, 13:00 Atlantic, 13:30 NFLD)

Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions for Domestic Fleet – Transport Canada


This presentation will cover the Transport Canada’s plan to greenhouse gas (GHG) targets for the domestic fleet. Special attention will be brought to the previous two reports from ABS, the next steps and the working groups with industry in order to develop a domestic reference line for GHG targets.

Furthermore, how the various fuels affect the Carbon Indicator Index (CII) towards the zero-emission goal for 2050 will also be covered.


Suzie Fortin , Transport Canada Marine Safety & Security

Director, Environmental Programs and Protection Standards

Suzie Fortin holds a degree in metallurgical engineering and a MBA in business management.
She joined the Naval Reserve in 1998 and the Public Service in 2007. Suzie managed various ships and submarines refits for the Canadian Navy from 2007 until 2014. She joined Transport Canada as a Senior Marine Safety Inspector in 2014 and managed the Audits of Classification societies until she left for the Canadian Coast Guard to manage the delegation of their 140 ships into the mandatory Delegation Statutory Inspection Program (DSIP). She became the Manager of the Mechanical Engineering section and a few years later replaced the Deputy Director of Marine Engineering with the Canadian Coast Guard.

In November 2022, Suzie came back to Transport Canada and took over the newly created section of Environmental Programs and Protection Standards. She manages sections responsible for Prevention of Marine Pollution, Air Pollution and Emergency Responses Organizations (MARPOL Annex I to VI) and many international engagement with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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In Memory of Vice Admiral (ret’d) Peter Cairns, CMM, CD

Vice Admiral (ret’d) Peter Cairns, CMM, CD, passed away peacefully in Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, February 18th, 2023.
Peter’s distinguished naval career began in 1956, included many seagoing appointments, command of ships, submarines and squadrons, and culminated in his appointment as the 24th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. Following his retirement, Peter was a driving force behind the establishment and operations of the Shipbuilding Association of Canada.

Link to Obituary: https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/peter-cairns-1087196059

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In Memory of Alexander Barbour

BARBOUR, Alexander P.Eng., C.Eng.
1936 – 2022

Alex, 86, of Ottawa passed away peacefully in the wee hours of the morning Monday December 5, 2022 at home with his two lads on deck.

Alex was born in Dundee, Scotland (the world’s greatest city) where he worked as a millwright and studied to become a marine engineer. He then served with Ben Line sailing the world for six years earning his Chief’s ticket. He emigrated to Canada with his English wife Rita and a “wee bairn”. Alex held a teaching position as Head of Marine Engineering at George Brown College before coming to Ottawa where he joined the department of Public Works as Chief Engineer, Marine and Industrial Conservation.

Alex’s life work was always about preservation and restoration of historic ships and machinery. It was a passion that took him from coast to coast in Canada, into the United States, to a rum distillery in Martinique and even to the Falkland Islands. He was happiest on site wearing a dirty set of overalls and a pair of work boots. His marine restoration projects included the stern wheelers S.S. Klondike, S.S. Moyie, and S.S. Tutshi. In Baddeck, N.S. his team replicated Alexander Graham Bell’s Hydrofoil HD 4. His salvage work included a 2000 Ton gold dredge (Dredge No.4) out of the permafrost in the Yukon and the preparatory work to move H.MC.S. Haida from Toronto to Hamilton. He worked with the original steam whistles from the RMS Titanic and designed the system for blowing replica whistles for the travelling TITANIC Exhibit. Closer to home he worked on restoration projects for the fences on Parliament Hill, the Mint and Rideau Hall and the preservation of the NCC’s Tin House. For a number of summers Alex could also be found at Mooney’s Bay in his white boiler suit with a big smile on his face stoking the fires of the Bytown Pumper.

Alex is survived by his loving wife Rita and their two sons Stuart and Andrew (Lauren). He supported his sons in all their endeavors. Whether it be building a dark room in the basement or building a magic apparatus, or driving them to countless hockey and soccer practices. He taught them the importance of hard work, problem solving skills, frugality and to always make time for a good laugh. He will be sadly missed by his three grandsons Isaac, Levi and Aaron, his workshop apprentice.

He was predeceased by his brother Bill (2021) (Wendy) (Carol d. 1991) and will be fondly remembered by niece Kim (Tom) and nephew Brad. He will be sadly missed in Sweden by his sister-in-law Pat (Lennart d. 2008); and his nephew Andrew and niece Catherine; and fondly remembered in England by niece Sally and partner Kerstin who have made many visits to Canada.

A special thanks to Kathleen Murphy, the engineer daughter he never had, who always had time and an ear for another “I’ll tell you a funny story” and “Just tell me old shipmates, I’m taking a trip, mates,
And I’ll see you someday, in Fiddlers’ Green” (John Connolly).

As per Alex’s wishes, his sons will spread his ashes on The Law in Dundee, Scotland.

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Nautical 150- Marine Skills Competition and Career Fair

NSCC Nautical is proud host the annual Marine Skills Competition and Career Fair.  This year marks the Nautical Institute’s 150 Anniversary and we plan to celebrate.

Save the Date: March 8-9, 2023

The event this year will include three components:

  1. Marine Skills Competition
  2. Nautical 150 Gala
  3. Career Fair

We will be reaching out to alumni, community and industry partners from throughout the Nautical Institute’s history to mark this special occasion.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the Nautical Institute’s premier showcase. Join the crew as a competition sponsor.  Click here to see the opportunities available!

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