Master Mariners of Canada is celebrating 50 years of encouraging a high and honorable standard of ability and professional conduct among senior officers of the Canadian Merchant Service.
To mark the occasion, a special conference is being held in conjunction with the Master Mariners of Canada Annual General Meeting in Vancouver – the location of the organization’s founding in 1967. The theme of the conference is: Mitigating Risk in Marine Transportation: are moratoriums necessary in the 21st century?
“We exist in part to promote and maintain efficient and friendly cooperation between the commercial, government, and military fleets of Canada through high levels of expertise and experience,” says Captain Patrick Gates, National President.
“It is also our mission to encourage and help develop education, training and qualifications for the next generation of seafarers. As we gather in Vancouver to celebrate our anniversary, we’ll be thinking about the future of the Canadian maritime industry, and making plans to attract new mariners with the energy and vision to continue our work for the next 50 years.”
Master Mariners of Canada has approximately 340 members in seven Divisions from coast to coast.
“The Company of Master Mariners of Canada is widely respected for its international contributions and has been a considerable help to my Secretariat over the years,” says Commodore Jim Scorer, Secretary General of the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA).
“This is exemplified by the Company’s significant participation in the IALA eNav Underway series of conferences, the selection of Captain John McCann as an IMO Ambassador (demonstrating the high esteem with which Canadian Master Mariners are held on the international stage), as well as its contribution to the International Polar Code.”
As an organization from which guidance and counsel is regularly sought, Master Mariners of Canada plays a pivotal role in national and international matters concerning the safety, operations and regulations of ships and their crews. The following is a condensed list of meaningful contributions and accomplishments in the marine industry achieved by the organization over the past 50 years:
The upcoming conference – the centerpiece for the 50th anniversary – is being held Friday, Sept. 29 at the BC Institute of Technology marine campus in North Vancouver. Confirmed speakers represent a wide range of Canadian industry stakeholders including ship owners and operators, Transport Canada, pilotage associations, the legal profession, and academia. Sponsors of the conference are the Shipping Federation of Canada, Saam Smit Towage, Bernard LLP, BC Shipping News, and the Chamber of Shipping.
The Annual General Meeting of the Master Mariners of Canada will be taking place the following day, on Saturday, Sept. 30.
More information about the Company, the conference and AGM can be found here: www.mastermariners.ca