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Sandy Thomson, second Canadian engineer to receive the Sperry Award
Sep20

Sandy Thomson, second Canadian engineer to receive the Sperry Award

George A. (Sandy) Thomson, a pilot, mechanical engineer, and innovator who has led Thordon Bearings for many years, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Sperry Award.  Sandy Thomson The Sperry Award was instituted in 1955 to commemorate the life of Elmer A. Sperry, an inventor, and entrepreneur who contributed to the advancement of many modes of transportation...

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Icebreakers and the Battle for the Arctic
Sep16

Icebreakers and the Battle for the Arctic

The entrance into St. Petersburg via boat in early April would have been difficult had it not been for Russia’s famous icebreaker ships that came through a few weeks earlier and broke up the ice, opening up safe shipping lanes. Russia’s icebreaker fleet in the Baltic Sea is a significant economic asset. But there’s another region where Russia’s expanding...

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Third shipyard under NSS to build six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard
Aug02

Third shipyard under NSS to build six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard

The Government of Canada has announced that it’s launching a competitive process to include a third Canadian shipyard under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) to join Irving Shipbuilding Inc. and Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards. Through an Invitation to Qualify, the government will shortlist pre-qualified shipyards that will be eligible to submit a formal proposal to become the third strategic partner...

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Changing the way people think of training. Interview with Jean-Claude Siew, Bluedrop
May27

Changing the way people think of training. Interview with Jean-Claude Siew, Bluedrop

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones talks with Jean-Claude Siew, Vice President for Technology and Simulation for Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. Jean-Claude Siew Jean-Claude has a deep understanding of training and simulation and management leadership, which he accumulated over 20 years of working in the aerospace and defence industry. He has a strong focus on...

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Is the Canadian Coast Guard underfunded?
May16

Is the Canadian Coast Guard underfunded?

“When there is more ice, you need more icebreakers. When there is less ice, you need more icebreakers!” At first I was puzzled by this statement from a Canadian Coast Guard officer. The first part is obvious enough; the second part was less so. The reason for the second part is that when the ice starts to disappear, as...

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On the Agenda: Lessons from NSS, marine tech and fusion welding
Feb14

On the Agenda: Lessons from NSS, marine tech and fusion welding

What do ocean and marine tech, fusion welding, digital twin tech, lessons from NSS and innovative technologies for vessel performance optimization all have in common? If you say the marine industry, you’re right. But there is still yet another answer. These topics will be discussed in one day at the upcoming Ship Tech Forum to be held in Ottawa....

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