COS Weekly Newsletter
The Chamber of Shipping is moving offices!
Effective September 1st we will be located at:
640 - 355 Burrard Street
The Royal Canadian Navy is changing the titles of its junior ranks to be more inclusive. The references to "seaman" in the English-language designations — ordinary, able, leading and master — will be replaced with more gender-neutral terms that also better align with the existing names of the ranks in French. The ranks will now be known as sailor third class, sailor second class, sailor first class and master sailor. The move comes as the navy, which is short hundreds of sailors, aims to become more diverse and inclusive and help everyone feel safe and proud of their jobs.
Sept 7 - COS Office Closed – Labour Day
Sept 10 - VMAA Board of Directors Meeting
Sept 30 - PACMAR / NANs Committee Meeting
Ship of the Week
The Skibladner is a 164-Year-Old Norwegian Paddle Steamer one of the most unique vessels in the world. Launched in 1856, she is the world's oldest paddle steamer still in regular operations and a Norwegian landmark. Originally, the vessel acted as a connection with the rail line. transporting passengers and freight to communities around Lake Mjøsa. Rebuilt and lengthened in 1888 to her current 165 feet, she is powered by a triple expansion double-active steam engine that provides over 600 bhp. to turn her 16-foot paddle. She operates at speeds up to 14 knots. Today, the vessels passenger and topside areas have been faithfully restored to their 1888 appearance creating an authentic 19th-century steamship experience. During the summers she operates tourist excursions following her same route across Lake Mjøsa and in the winters is carefully stored in a specially constructed glass house.
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