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Industry Insight: The mariner's mariner - Subscriber Access Only

By BCShippingNews 28 February 2016

Captain Duke Snider has built a career at sea that spans over 35 years and includes naval, coast guard and commercial vessels. He is a noted and recognized expert in ice navigation and polar shipping and has helped develop operational guidelines for Arctic shipping that are generally accepted worldwide. As the Canadian Coast Guard’s Regional Director Fleet — Western Region, he was responsible for overseeing approximately 600 personnel, vessels, aircraft and service delivery platforms for CCG’s operations west of Manitoba, including the Yukon and Northwest Territories. And as if that’s not enough to identify Captain Snider as one of Canada’s most distinguished mariners, his long-time involvement in the Nautical Institute has demonstrated a commitment to sharing his knowledge and experience with new sea-going generations and to improving practices at sea for the sake of safety. He is, quite frankly, the person mariners turn to when seeking advice on operations. Simply put, he is the mariner’s mariner.

BCSN: Duke, there are so many aspects to your career that I’d like to delve into but let’s start by focusing on your involvement with the Nautical Institute (NI).

DS: I’ve been a member of the NI since the early to mid-1980s when I joined up as a student doing my Watchkeeping Mate training at Camosun College. I was also part of the group that established the Nautical Institute BC Branch (NIBC) in 1989. With the exception of a short absence while working in Ottawa, I’ve been a director of the BC Branch since its beginning. 

I began on the NI’s International Council in 2005 and, as a council member, represented the BC Branch at meetings.  In 2012, I was elected to the Vice President position which I did for two years, and then elected to my current role as Senior Vice President.