Looking for something to help you “be kind, be calm and be safe”?

The February 2021 edition of our quarterly publication “Seatimes” is now available and jam packed full of Covid busting articles that will put you in the right frame of mind to deal with the ongoing, worldwide pandemic. CLICK HERE to get yourself back in the groove.

Bursary winner returns from sea and accepts award.

2nd year BCIT Engineering Cadet Karn Chema has just returned from sea time with Algoma and was able to collect his certificate for being one of our successful Fall bursary recipients. Presenting the award to Karn is NPESC secretary/treasurer Captain Joachim Ruether. The presentation was made at the Sailors’ Point memorial adjacent to the BCIT Marine Campus in North Vancouver.

Engineering Cadet Karn Chema accepts his award from Capt. Ruether

Fall 2020 Bursary Award

Capt. Joachim Ruether presented one of our Fall bursary awards to BCIT Marine Campus Nautical Sciences Cadet Ashley Obeck. This particular award is made possible through funds derived from our Vancouver Foundation Fund and those supplied by Capt. Harry Allen of the Vancouver Division of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada. Our congratulations go out to Ashley and we wish her the very best in her future efforts and endeavours.

Captain Joachim Ruether presents BCIT Maritime Campus cadet Ashley Obeck with her 2020 Fall Bursary Award

VMAA Luncheon Series

Register now and don’t miss your chance to attend the Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association online seminar on December 10th.

The speaker will be Mr. Justice Christopher Giaschi of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. His topic will be The scope of `Navigation and Shipping`, in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the Transport Desgagnés (Wärtsilä) case.

Date: Thursday December 10, 2020

Time: 12:00 – 13:00 PST

Location: WebEx

Fee: $25 for members; $45 for non-members

To register, please email secretary@vmaa.org.

Please note: the webinar has already been certified for one hour of CPD credit by the Law Society of British Columbia, for participating B.C. lawyers.

Captain Brian Silvester Maritime Education Bursary Fund

We are pleased to announce that we can now accept on-line payments for donations to the Captain Brian Silvester Maritime Education Bursary Fund that has been set up to commemorate and honour Brian’s contribution to the education of Canadian Mariners. Full details of the scholarship / bursary will follow in due course.

Click here for details on how to make a donation.

BCIT Foundation Bursary Recipient…

Congratulations to BCIT Nautical Sciences Cadet Mark Orehov on being chosen as the recipient of the BCIT Foundation First Year Achievement Award for 2020. Monies for this award are made up from interest generated by the BCIT Foundation as well as from donations made to the NPESC.

The presentation of our cheque and certificate were made to Mark by our secretary/treasurer Captain Joachim Ruether (on the left) while following Covid-19 protocols.

“In silent sorrow we drop our salted tears”…RIP Captain Brian Silvester

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we report the passing of a founding member and long time supporter of the NPESC and its aims. We learned earlier today that Captain Brian Silvester had passed away last Friday, November 6th, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Captain Silvester was a strong advocate for providing both financial and active support to those who were pursuing or advancing a career at sea and maintained a strong connection with our organisation right up to the time of his passing whether it was taking part in directors’ meetings, vetting student applications for bursaries and other awards, or to attend at colleges to make presentations, in person, to students.


To honor Captain Silvester’s efforts to help further the education of Canadian Mariners we would like to announce that a bursary, in his name, will be created by the NPESC. Further details regarding this bursary will follow in due course. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to such an award then CLICK HERE for more details