Awards made to BCIT students

BCIT Nautical Sciences students Jeremy Botel and Matthew Clarke were two of the succesful applicants for this year’s NPESC bursary awards. Earlier today they were presented with their cheques and certificates by BC Supercargoes Association President, Terry Stuart. Also in attendance was NPESC secretary/treasurer Captain Joachim Ruether. These two awards were made possible by a generous donation from the BC Supercargoes Association.

Cadet Jeremy Botel receives his cheque and certificate from Terry Stuart, President of the BC Supercargoes Association (right).
Cadet Matthew Clarke receives his cheque and certificate from Terry Stuart,President of The BC Supercargoes Association

Congratulations to Cody Goliath

Western Maritime Institute student Cody Goliath (centre) is presented with his cheque and certificate as one of the successful applicants for this years NPESC bursaries. Making the presentation to Cody, on behalf of NPESC, is Captain John Lewis. (Right). Also in attendance from WMI is Captain Bob Kitching, FNI (left), himself a founding member of NPESC.

Canada’s new Ocean Protection Plan

The recently announced $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan for Canada has four encompassing priority areas:

  1. Creating a world-leading marine safety system
  2. Preserving and restoring the marine ecosystem
  3. Investment in oil spill response and cleanup
  4. Partnerships with Indigenous communities

Included in the Ocean Protection Plan are new navigational aids, added towing capacity, a review of the Pilotage Act, and engagement with Indigenous groups in matters relating to spill response and marine safety.  To read the full plan, visit:



  • IMO: 9663001
  • Name: NORDIC
  • MMSI: 244868000
  • Vessel Type: GENERAL CARGO
  • Gross Tonnage: 2989
  • Summer DWT: 3000 t
  • Build: 2013
  • Home port: URK


“Ultimate Responsibility”. My Journey Becoming a Navigation Officer:

Ultimate Responsibility

“People often ask me why I wanted to become a Marine Navigation Officer…”

Third Officer Dylan Fowler MNI, outlines his response in this interesting article that was first published in the August 2016 edition of The Nautical Institute publication “Seaways”.

Dylan is a director of the BC Branch of the Nautical Institute.

Click on the above link to read the complete article.