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.
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.
This year’s Captain Brian Silvester Bursary Award was made to Jaime Prussin, a student at WMI. Our congratulations to Jaime for achieving this award and thanks to Captain Rich Marriott for making the presentation.
DAY SAIL ON A WARSHIP WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Hands-on experience of a day in the life of Navy personnel on board an active duty warship! See and experience the various ship duty stations, crew quarters & mess, operational equipment; RCAF joint search and rescue demonstration, ship firefighting simulation, and scenario demonstrations of the warship’s impressive manoeuvring capabilities. Lunch will be provided.
Captains Stan Bowles and Richard Smith were pleased to attend at the Marine Campus of BCIT to present Engineering Cadet Kaylee James with her certificate for an NPESC / BC Supercargoes bursary which was awarded to her earlier this year.
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.
The Canadian Marine Industry Foundation (CMIF) is working to develop dynamic and innovative solutions to create long-term human capital sustainability for one of Canada’s most vital industries that is facing significant talent shortages, now and well into the future.