Fall Bursary Certificates Presented at BCIT

BCIT Marine Campus students receive their certificates

NPESC was pleased to be able to finally make presentations of certificates to 2021 Fall Bursary award winners Greydon O’Brien, Daryl Pernia and Devin Fear at the BCIT Marine Campus earlier this month. On hand to make the presentations on behalf of NPESC were Captains Ed Monteiro, Stan Bowles and Joachim Ruether.

Daryl Pernia
Daryl Pernia with (from l to r) Captains Stan Bowles, Joachim Ruether and Ed Monteiro
Greydon O'Brien
Greydon O’Brien with (from l to r) Captains Stan Bowles, Joachim Ruether and Ed Monteiro
Devin Fear
Devin Fear – winner of the BCIT Foundation award – with (from l to r) Captains Ed Monteiro, Joachim Ruether and Stan Bowles

Spring Bursary Applications

We are now accepting applications for our Spring Bursaries.

Applications must be received by the NPESC by midnight on Friday, May 27th, 2022 to be eligible for consideration.

Please note that these awards are not available to First-Year Students

Application forms may be downloaded by clicking here. These can then be completed by hand and mailed or emailed, along with supporting documents to the following address:

NPESC Bursary Applications c/o Richard Smith – Unit 207, 6741 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, BC, V3N 4A3

or by email to: –rsmith@certispec.com

Alternatively, you may make your application online by Clicking Here.

“I am ashamed,” says former Maritime CEO Frank Coles.

The following article was published by Captain John Konrad, founder and CEO of gCaptain.

I am ashamed to be an executive in the maritime industry!” said Frank Coles in a recent LinkedIn post.

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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. 

Click HERE to read, sign, and share Coles’ petition supporting seafarers.

The NPESC Legacy Fund

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.

Book Award Made to WMI Student

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.

Captain John Lewis presents Aaron Marsden with his Book Award