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2022_CCG Graduating Class

Canadian Coast Guard Welcomes 51 New Graduates Into Its Fleet

Released: June 4, 2022

Sydney, Nova Scotia – Since 1965, the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has been providing internationally recognized training to personnel of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Today, during its first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, the College is bidding fair winds and following seas to 51 graduates from its Officer Training Program. These new Officers have completed the 45-month program, which is delivered in both official languages and offers a choice between Navigation and Marine Engineering streams.

These graduates have persevered through ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are now ready to serve Canadians by helping mariners in need, protecting marine ecosystems, and ensuring safe passage through Canada’s waterways.

In a year full of celebration for the Canadian Coast Guard’s 60th anniversary, the arrival of 51 new officers into our fleet is one more reason to celebrate. We extend sincere congratulations to all graduates, who will join their colleagues in making a positive impact in communities across Canada.


“Today’s Coast Guard graduates are joining an esteemed organization that continues to serve Canadians with pride. You will serve an increasingly important role in protecting the environment and helping those in need. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, and welcome to the Canadian Coast Guard. ”

– The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The Canadian Coast Guard is proud to welcome these 51 new officers into our fleet. Having gone through the program at the Canadian Coast Guard College myself, I know how much hard work and perseverance each of you has put in. Congratulations and welcome aboard!”

– Mario Pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

“On behalf of the entire College faculty, staff and administration, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all Graduates of the class of 2022. Your transformation from Officer Cadets to Officers over the last 45 months has been a pleasure to observe. I have the highest confidence that the future of the Canadian Coast Guard is in good hands for years to come. I know that you will serve your communities with integrity and make us all proud – well done!”

– Dena Richardson, Executive Director, Canadian Coast Guard College

Quick facts

  • This year’s graduates will be posted to Canadian Coast Guard Regions across Canada:
    • 15 graduates going to the Atlantic Region
    • 18 graduates going to the Central Region
    • 18 graduates going to the Western Region
  • All Canadian Coast Guard College students receive free tuition, a training allowance, and free room and board.
  • Graduates of the Officer Training Program receive a Bachelor of Technology (Nautical Sciences) Degree from Cape Breton University and a Diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College. Navigation Officers receive a Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate Certificate, and Marine Engineering Officers receive a Fourth Class Engineering Certificate from Transport Canada.

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Technical Presentation – Exploring the Big Blue with Remotely Operated Vehicles


DATE: Thursday, June 16th, 2022

TIME: 19:00 Pacific (22:00 Eastern; 23:00 Atlantic, 23:30 NFLD)

Exploring the Big Blue with Remotely Operated Vehicles


The presenter, Lauren Hudson is an educator now working for Ocean Networks Canada (Canada’s premier oceanic data-gathering network off the coast of BC).

Her presentation will cover various aspects from a scientific and practical perspective.  With her background in creating educational opportunities should make this evening’s presentation an interesting one.
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Technical Presentation: Adapting to New Technology Insertion and Design Changes Through the Use of a Novel Design-Management Simulator


DATE: THURSDAY, April 21st, 2022

TIME: 12:15 Atlantic (8:15 Pacific, 11:15 Eastern, 12:45 NFLD)

Adapting to New Technology Insertion and Design Changes Through the Use of a Novel Design-Management Simulator


Many defence projects have incurred significant cost overruns and delays, with the causes attributed to program pressure, changing requirements, immature technology, under-estimation of risks, and the lack of organizational integration. Traditional practices and measures are unable to predict the impact of new technology and design changes. Moreover, there is not a practical approach or tool to help integrate multiple disciplines so as to better understand system and program complexity and the impact of changes.  Understanding risks, potential changes and technologies through knowledge gain early in the design can help reduce costs and schedule delays.  Furthermore, the use of set-based design and engineering principles can provide for a robust design that can better accommodate changes.  Along with these principles, systems thinking, system dynamics, techno-socio-economic and cultural factors are considered in development of a novel design-management simulator. This simulator is presented through application of a case study on an advanced marine integrated power system.  The simulator provides an integrated ‘big picture’ perspective not possible with the use of separate engineering and management models.


Ray Jonkers, PhD, PEng, PMP

During the past 17 years, Ray has held engineering positions in industry as a Program Performance Manager, Operations Manager, Transformation Manager, Central Engineering Manager and currently serves as a Consultant at Merlantec Management and Engineering Inc.


Prior to this, Ray completed 22 years with the Royal Canadian Navy as a Marine Systems Engineer, where he assumed management roles in maintenance, operations, project management, quality assurance, and test and trials.


Ray has a PhD in Systems Engineering, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, and a MBA. Ray resides in Milford Station Nova Scotia with his wife, daughter, son and beloved Lab.


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Technical Presentation – Development of a Unique Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicle


DATE: Thursday, Mars 17th, 2022

TIME: 19:00 Pacific (22:00 Eastern; 23:00 Atlantic, 23:30 NFLD)

Development of a Unique Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicle with Air-Cushion Caterpillars for Offshore Operations


Dr. Voyloshinikov will describe the engineering which went into the development of the vehicle in his presentation.

Long ago in another era, I was involved in the development of what might be an analogous vehicle for use in ice-covered / ice-choked waters.  The marine engineering involved in such a craft is quite fascinating, and the presentation should be more than interesting.

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Technical Presentation: Decarbonizing Marine Shipping Clean Fuels for a Greener Future


DATE: THURSDAY, March 17th, 2022

TIME: 12:15 Atlantic (8:15 Pacific, 11:15 Eastern, 12:45 NFLD)

Decarbonizing Marine Shipping Clean Fuels for a Greener


Bud Streeter will present some of the findings from Clear Seas Centre’s ongoing research on reducing GHGs from marine fuels.


Replacing the current fossil fuels used in ships with cleaner alternatives could provide solutions to the challenge of decarbonizing marine shipping. Ship fuels manufactured using renewable electricity and made purely from water and the gases found in the atmosphere, are being proposed. These include Hydrogen, Ammonia, Methanol and Methane. Clear Seas’ ongoing research on reducing GHGs from marine fuels provides some valuable insights.


Bud Streeter,

Bud Streeter has spent over 50 years in the marine business.  He is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College and holds a First Class Engineering Certificate of Competency.  He has served as an Instructor at the Canadian Coast Guard College, a Marine Inspector, Examiner and Manager with Marine Safety and as a Technical Director and Executive Officer with Marine Atlantic.  He served as Director General Marine Safety during which time he was the head of Delegation to many IMO meetings. His most recent fulltime employment was with Lloyd’s Register where he held executive positions in the Americas.  He retired from full time employment at the end of 2017.

He has served as a Board Member for Meridian Shipping Limited and for many Lloyd’s Register entities.  He was appointed to the Canadian Advisory Council on National Security and served as a marine security advisor between 2005 and 2009.

Bud is a member of the board and Past Chair of the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping, an independent research centre that promotes safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada. He also serves as the Honorary President of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE).  He is a recipient of the CIMarE’s Medal of Excellence.

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Technical Presentation Duel Fuel Technologies for 2 Stroke MAN B&W Engines



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

Technical Presentation by MAN Energy Solutions – Duel Fuel Technologies


This presentation will cover the state-of-the-art technology in the design of Dual fuel MAN B&W 2 stroke engines.  Special attention to the Methanol engine and the ongoing development of an Ammonia burning engine.

Today MAN B&W engines can operate on different fuels that are considered to be future fuels for the Marine Industry. A diesel technology based on the IC diesel engine principle makes it possible to keep the same high efficiency, up to 55%, and the same high power output.

The two stroke engines are the most used prime mover in ocean going ships today. In 2021, 30% of the contracted output from 2 stroke engines for ships were by Dual Fuel. The MAN B&W engines have a power range from 3 to 83 MW per engine and are based on a modular concept which makes it possible to retrofit the ME-C engine to operate with LNG, Methanol, LPG, Ethane and in near future Ammonia.

The different fuels mentioned have different characteristics which provide different challenges in the design process. The fuel injection components are dependent on the right choice of the materials and tailor made elastomers. For fuels without lubricating ability, such as Methanol, a special design of the fuel injection booster pumps and injection valves has been invented.

A complicated part of the design is to find the right injection pressure to the engine and into the combustion chambers.  The fuel gas supply system is therefore optimized individually. Pressure and amount of the dual fuel to be delivered to the engine is based on the fuel specifics.

The engines still have to comply with IMO Annex Tier II and III and we also need to ensure that other harmful emissions in the exhaust gas are under control.  The Ammonia engine has to be NOx compliant and the amount of Ammonia slip has to be minimized down to an insignificant level.  Testing of this engine will begin this year.

Furthermore, N2O levels need to be 0 ppm as they are very harmful to the GHG. “Regulation for maximum level is not in place yet.”

In this presentation, we would like to introduce our different dual fuel technologies and the consideration of the safety / HAZID / HAZOP, reliability and availability that underlies the engine design.


Kjeld Aabo, MAN Energy Solutions

Director, New Technologies Sales and Promotion Two-stroke Marine


Kjeld Aabo holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a special diploma in marketing.
He joined MAN Diesel in the Stationary Installation Department in 1983. In 1992, he was appointed section manager in the Marine Installation Department and in 1994 he was appointed manager of the Marine Installation Department. In 2002, Kjeld Aabo took over the Engineering Services Department and was appointed Senior Manager. In 2005, he took over the Research Centre Department.
From November 2006, Kjeld Aabo was director of the department for Promotion & Customer Support and from March 2009 head of the Two-stroke Promotion department at the head office for two-stroke engines in Copenhagen, Denmark.

From 2011 to 2014, Kjeld Aabo took over a position in Brazil as head of MAN Marine and Offshore division.
After returning to Denmark in 2014 Kjeld Aabo is Director of new technologies in the Promotion and Sales department for two-stroke engines and GenSet engines.

Kjeld Aabo is Chairman of the CIMAC Heavy Fuel Working Group (WG), and member of the ISO 8217 Heavy Fuel Oil Working Group.

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Technical Presentation: An Overseas Perspective


DATE: Thursday, November 18th, 2021

TIME: 19:00 Pacific (22:00 Eastern; 23:00 Atlantic, 23:30 NFLD)

An Overseas Perspective


Daniel Sanchez, a graduate marine engineer form the Technical University of Madrid will give a presentation on the kind of refit/repair/modification which an Offshore Supply Vessel (or it’s cousins in the oil & gas fleet) go through when being put back into service after a lengthy layup (warm or cold).

He oversaw a number of such mechanical and structural projects while working at a repair yard in the Canary Islands prior to coming to Canada.

As the shipping world urgently reactivates itself across almost all trading routes, this type of knowledge becomes more and more important.

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Technical Presentation: Investigating an Occurrence on a Vessel


DATE: THURSDAY, November 18th, 2021

TIME: 12:15 Atlantic (8:15 Pacific, 11:15 Eastern, 12:45 NFLD)

Investigating an Occurrence on a Vessel


At some time in our sea going or shore side careers we are going to encounter a situation where damage is sustained to a Vessel, its equipment or it’s crew.  How do we document and report the findings of the Investigation so that lessons can be learned.


The primary reason for an investigation is to identify the causes(s) of an occurrence so as to initiate action(s) to prevent similar occurrences.

This is achieved by determining what happened, how and why it happened so that modifications can be made to procedures or equipment that will improve the safety of the Vessel operations.

Accurate and thorough reporting of all occurrences is required to enable lessons to be learnt which may prevent future occurrences.

How to document the occurrence, how to interview witnesses, how to prepare a report are all things that we shall look at in this presentation.


John Attersley ,

John Attersley is a member of the Atlantic Branch of the Institute.  John is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College and began his seagoing carreer with the Canadian Coast Guard serving on both West and the East Coast as an Engineering Officer from Junior to Chief Engineer.  He moved to The Transportation Safety Board of Canada as a Marine Casualty Investigator and then to Hayes Stuart Atlantic as a Surveyor before forming his own Survey Company.  Survey work, project work, Underwriters work, consulting and acting as Owners representative have seen him work world wide on many and varied projects.

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In Memory of – Thomas Ward

Dear Membership,

We are sad to share with the membership that on May 7th 2021 Mr. Thomas Charles Ward passed away. Tom served the Canadian maritime industry in various capacities throughout his career including president of CIMarE, received the Medal of Excellence in 2013, and countless other achievements. He will be sorely missed. CIMarE executive committee and members would like to pass on our condolences to all Tom’s family and friends.


CIMarE Vancouver Branch

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St Lawrence Branch Donates to Mariner House in Montreal

On March 24, CIMarE St Lawrence Branch presented a $500.00 cheque to Mariners House in Montreal.  This donation supports the valuable work they provide seafarers which is especially required during the time of COVID 19.

Carolyn Osborne accepted the cheque on behalf of  Mariners House while Zack Papchristou ( Branch Treasurer and Chris King (Branch Chairman) made the presentation on behalf of the St Lawrence Branch.

The work done by Mariners House during COVID-19 is described by Carolyn below:


Since the start of the pandemic, Transport Canada has authorised seafarers to come ashore to either go straight to a centre for their use solely – such as Mariners’ House of Montreal – or to a pharmacy for essential items.  However, very few maritime companies permit their workers to disembark.  Nevertheless, a few have been able to come to Mariners’ House, which is still open five days a week and, as always, free transport is available to and from their ships.


While activities, including fundraising events, have been severely limited over the past year, Mariners’ House and the chaplains from their colleagues, the Ministry to Seafarers, have continued to operate.  Among the services offered to seafarers are SIM cards to access the internet on board vessels which do not provide this service for free, wired money transactions as well as personal purchases on behalf of the crew.


Seafarers have particularly suffered during COVID and Mariners’ House is relieved it has been able to ‘carry on’ assisting and raising the spirits of these essential workers.

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