A Q&A with a Cargo Sampler and Drone Surveyor
“The marine industry is inseparable from technology. From software that automatically controls engine thrust for optimal fuel efficiency, to eco-friendly propulsion systems such as LNG and methanol, to autonomous vessels, technology continually transforms shipping, making our supply chains ever faster, more resilient, and more environmentally sustainable.”
“Every aspect of Arctic shipping, from the limited sailing season, to the lengthy journey between southern ports and northern destinations, to unpredictable weather and ice conditions, to the unloading of cargo in communities without port infrastructure, entails foresight and adaptability.”
The Mission to Seafarers is an international charity organization that provides welfare and advocacy services to international seafarers. We operate welfare centres with free internet and lounge facilities at every major port across Canada, and our chaplains and volunteer ship visitors provide seafarers with counselling, local transportation, and SIM cards. We also place seafarers facing labour issues such as repatriation and lost wages in touch with the relevant authorities. As a member of this wonderful organization, I help ensure that seafarers have ready access to local stores and services, a comfortable space to relax and contact their families, and a listening ear and open mind in times of need. I heartily recommend anybody interested in the wellbeing of seafarers to volunteer at the Mission.
“One promising option for port Wi-Fi, as seen through the Port of Montreal, is the expansion of existing private networks. Many port authorities already have wireless systems in place for operations and employee use; these networks could potentially be expanded for access by seafarers.”
“The shipping industry and its myriad of roles provide unparalleled opportunity for one’s abilities to shine. The world simply cannot run without ships.”