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The Collision Regulations (ColRegs): Guidelines, or actual rules?
201610.21
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The Collision Regulations (ColRegs): Guidelines, or actual rules?

Clearly the Collision Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act 2001 (the “ColRegs”) serve an important purpose in promoting the safe navigation of vessels in international, coastal and non-coastal waters.  Like laws governing motor vehicles on land, these rules of the road reduce the risk of damage through collision by requiring predictable behavior.  Mariners expect other…

Estimates and Quotes – How Flexible or Binding are they?
201610.14
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Estimates and Quotes – How Flexible or Binding are they?

Quotes and Estimates – Important to Know the Difference It is common in marine industry, where vessels and equipment are continuously under repair or replacement, for the question to arise:  is the cost of services and materials provided an estimate, or is it a quote?  Unfortunately, this question is often asked after the work is…

Is an Apology an Admission of Fault?
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Is an Apology an Admission of Fault?

For Landlubbers No, for Mariners Perhaps In February of 2001, while conducting a demonstration for civilian observers nine miles off the Hawiian island of Oahu, the U.S. nuclear submarine Greeneville performed an emergency ballast blow and surfaced directly beneath the Japanese fisheries training vessel Ehime Maru, slicing its hull port to starboard.  The 191 foot…

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Criminal Negligence in the Workplace: Marine Employment Lessons

For the first time in B.C. history, the government has charged an employer with criminal negligence causing the death of an employee.  Although the facts of the case do not involve the death of a mariner, this article should be of interest to marine employers and the families of deceased mariners because the same legal…

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