[QUOTE=z-drive;128539]What about Canada??? Quite a bit of the crude they produce offshore moves on canadian-bottom’d shuttle tankers (JJ Ugland), and some even comes down to the US of A on Canadian bottoms. Big deal they’re foreign built, you can do that here obviously aka containerships, ro/ro’s and all kinds of other re-flagged nonsense.
Highly doubt a Canadian Mariner makes less then an American.[/QUOTE]
Canada has no restrictions on the use of foreign built vessels for either the coastwise trade or foreign trade.
Seaspan built new tugs in China a few years ago. Secunda Canada bought a few more OSVs in Norway last year. Foreign flag OSVs are allowed to operate in Canada, Maersk has a significant presence in the Canadian oil patch. As far as I know, its been quite awhile since any significant number of US vessels have worked in the Canadian oil patch. However, foreign flag vessels must be Canadian crewed within a pretty short period of time. Drill ships can get waivers to use non-Canadian skilled workers (drilling crew), but my understanding is that the waivers are very difficult to get for foreign mariners.
Canadian mariners make more money than US mariners. Canadian licensing standards are very similar to the UK. Its much easier for Canadians to work on foreign flag vessels in the North Sea, Australia, and elsewhere. Its very common for Canadian mariners to sail foreign flag.
In a great many areas, we Americans could learn a lot from Canada.