I am ashamed to be an executive in the maritime industry!” said Frank Coles in a recent LinkedIn post.
This statement was in regard to his recent petition asking Joe Biden and Boris Johnson to prioritize seafarer travel.
The petition has surpassed its goal of 5,000 signatures (6,070 to be exact). So Coles is pleased, right?
The Coles controversy all started last month when maritime influencer Lena Göthberg published the 165th episode of her popular Shipping Podcast, and the content shocked listeners. Her guest, the former CEO of Transas and Wallem Group Frank Coles, put forth a radical new idea: organizing a global seafarer strike.
The idea went viral, but rather than pushing for an immediate strike, Coles asked his thousands of social media followers to sign and share a simple seafarer travel petition. The petition asks world leaders to protect the right of seafarers to travel without onerous regulations for visas. But rather than submit the petition, Coles has doubled his target from 5,000 signatures to 10,000 and has widened the scope to include the IMO.
“The IMO is the most ineffective UN body,” said Coles. “Their recent seafarer video (linked HERE) is stating the obvious. It’s diplomatic waffle. How have we come to this level of over-the-top treatment of seafarers? On top of dead crew not being landed, crew being forced to stay way over their contracts, etc etc etc.”
Regardless of your thoughts on Coles’ media tactics, his petition is picking up steam.
NPESC is pleased to announce the creation of the Nautical Professional Education Society of Canada (NPESC) Legacy Fund with the Vancouver Foundation.
The purpose of this fund is to provide income (through interest) that will provide education bursaries and/or scholarships that will be made to maritime students within Canada in the name of those NPESC members who have crossed the bar and are no longer with us.
If you would like further information regarding this fund and/or would like to make a donation to the fund please CLICK HERE.
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Captain John Lewis had the pleasure of attending at WMI in Ladysmith to present an NPESC book award to student Aaron Marsden.
Aaron has just completed SCS 3 and did Chartwork 2 before Christmas 2020. He is working on his 150 ton Master’s certificate but only able to take couple of courses at a time due to how COVID is affecting the marine education system right now.
Spring has finally arrived and we are pleased to be able to accept applications for our 2021 Spring Bursary Awards. These awards are open to Nautical Science and Engineering Cadets returning for their second or later school terms as well as other maritime students who meet the minimum enrolment conditions.
We were very pleased to make a book award to Ms. Robin Haynes at Camosun College earlier this week. Robin is a student in the 150 Ton Master program and aspired to work in the coastal tourism industry as a skipperof a natural history cruise vessel. The book awarded to Robin was “Golden Stripes”in which Captain V.S. Parani combines the credibility of his seafaring experience with his talent as a master storyteller to reveal the leadership challenges at sea and his strategies for staying on course.