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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.

Log into the Members Only Section to access the GoTo Meeting Link or email Bill Wallace at eastwindmarine@gmail.com


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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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