Duke Snider – Canadian Arctic elder recognized by Finland

By Joe Spears and Monica Ahlroos

The Finns know a thing or two about icebreakers, having constructed Arctic-capable icebreakers for well over 150 years even for the Russians, and it is not every day that they award medals for ice navigation to Canadians. In April 2018 at the Canadian Embassy in Finland, David (“Duke”) Snider, FNI, MM, President of Martech Polar Consulting Ltd. based in Victoria, British Columbia received the Canada-Finland medal metal recognizing his outstanding contributions for fostering good relations via arctic operations and navigation. Martech Polar was recognized by International Transport News Maritime & Shipping Awards 2018 as “Best Global Ice Pilotage and Navigation Specialists” and by CV Magazine’s Canadian Business Awards 2019 as “Best Polar Ice Navigation and Pilotage Specialists” (more…)

Furncan and Cross Marine have joined forces

Marine shipping agencies Cross Marine Inc. and Furncan Marine Ltd., both of Montreal, have consolidated their longstanding business relationships as of April 1 by combining their respective expertise, experience, and resources.  Both agencies will continue to function as before, under their own names, and there are no changes in contact information.

Cross Marine Inc. was founded in 1991 by Capt. Jan Kroskowski, and specializes in representing cruise lines across Canada.

Under the direction of President and CEO Andrew Chodos, Furncan Marine, founded in 1976, through its long established offices in Saint John NB and Halifax NS, has been operating as agents in the Maritimes, with expertise in cruise ships, tankers, breakbulk, container carriers and bulk carriers.

Damen launches two road ferries for BC Ferries

Damen launches two road ferries for BC Ferries

In the space of just a few weeks, two 81-metre road ferries for BC Ferries have been launched at Damen Shipyards Galati and are now being fitted ahead of entering service next year. Once operational, they will be capable of carrying up to 300 passengers and crew, and 47 vehicles.

The ferries were built to Damen’s Road Ferry 8117E3 design and the order was secured following an extensive, multi-phased, international tender process. BC Ferries is currently undertaking a fleet renewal. The twin Damen Road Ferry 8117E3 will serve the Northern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver, replacing vessels that are now over fifty years old. (more…)