We now have access to electronic banking…

NPESC is now able to accept payments and donations via electronic banking..

You may now donate and pay your membership dues directly to our RBC bank account through online banking. Use the email address treasurer@npesc.ca when making your transfer. A quick note identifying your payment may be added to the text of the transfer to assist us in allocating the funds correctly.

Applications for Fall 2023 Bursaries being accepted

Applications are invited from qualified students for the Fall 2023 NPESC bursaries. There will be five C$1,500 bursaries awarded to applicants enrolled in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering courses of a minimum length of 250 hours at a training institution approved by Transport Canada and registered with the British Columbia government.  

For more information and to make an application please CLICK HERE

Please note that the deadline for applications is: October 31st, 2023 

Students who have previously successfully won any of the above bursaries are not eligible to win the same ‘type-funded’ bursary again

There will be another competition in the Spring of 2024 with more Bursaries being offered. If you are not successful at this Fall event, we encourage you to re-apply in the Spring. 

The successful candidates are required to write to the Trustees after one year, to inform them of their progress and how the award was used. Such letters may be used in the Society’s newsletter ‘Seatimes’ or website”.

Brian Johnston FNI 1931-2023

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we report the passing of a founding member and a long-time supporter of the Nautical Professional Society of Canada (NPESC).

Brian went to sea at the age of 16 as a Cadet with “Eagle Oil” and remained with that company until he had obtained his Foreign Going Masters Certificate of Competency. In 1959 he left the sea and moved to Canada, working his way on a ship bound for ports in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In his search for work he took a job as a steeplejack but ships and the sea were what he knew and soon found a position on a Canadian Coastguard vessel based in Prince Rupert that led him to the Ship Safety Division of Transport Canada in Vancouver.

Brian was a warm, kind and humble man with an extensive knowledge of cargo ops and was known as the ‘go-to-person’ in Transport Canada, Ship Safety. He was well known throughout the marine Industry and avid supporter (Past Chairman and Fellow) of the Nautical Institute BC Branch. He will be sadly missed.

Capt. Brian Silvester Memorial Maritime Bursary

We have the pleasure to inform you that we have awarded the 3rd Annual Bursary to Mr Rodney Amos of Victoria.

He recently finished his courses Ship Construction and Stability for his Masters Near Coastal Certification at Camosun College.

He was most convincing in his application for this Bursary and we acknowledge Camosun College for the superb work that they deliver for sailors like Rodney.

We know that Capt. Brian would be proud of the work being done in his name.

ISSC Sue Hanby Bursary

The International Sailors Society (Canada) is now accepting applications for its Maritime Bursary created in honour of its long-serving director and corporate secretary, Sue Hanby.  The bursary is open to students who are enrolling in marine-related studies with a recognized educational institution, however, please note that preference will be given to students who are preparing for a sea-going career. 

Click here for more details.