[QUOTE=rshrew;127456]Big demand for engineers on the west coast. As of Oct. to call in a Canadian port with a US vessel you must have 1 licensed engineer if you are over 1000hp. If you are over 4000hp you need 2 licensed engineers. A lot of us never ran licensed engineers so there has been a race to find them to crew the tugs on multiple companies that go to and from Canada.[/QUOTE]
I figured that you would know, and was hoping that you would be among the people replying. Thanks.
I was aware of the October implementation of the requirement for a licensed chief engineer, but I did not know about the assistant engineer requirement.
Sometimes there is a difference between what the rules say, and what they actually ask for. Is Transport Canada asking to see certificates from STCW courses? What about the VSO, VPDSD security endorsements? What STCW endorsements do they now actually expect American tug captains and mates to have on their licenses? (For example, I am hearing conflicting reports about GMDSS)
How is going with Immigration Canada? I hear they have tightened up a bit more.