Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Ocean Voyager is a Russian-flagged ship with Russian Officers & Russian crew members

One Ocean Voyager is the Russian-flagged vessel "Akademik Sergey Vavilov" with Russian Officers and Russian crew members.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) approves use of this Russian ship and another Russian-owned ship Academik Ioffe year after year by One Ocean Expeditions because there is "no Canadian ship or non-duty paid ship that is suitable and available to perform the activity or provide the service".

The Russian Officers & Russian crewmembers are in Canada as Temporary Foreign Workers.

Registered Name:    Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Built:                         1988 Rauma, Finland
"ice-strengthened hull ( Lloyds Register 1A, Canadian Type B)"

Soviets familiar with Canada's Arctic waters
The Canadian Press
Posted: Dec 06, 2011 3:04 PM ET     Last Updated: Dec 06, 2011 10:10 PM ET
QUOTE:     (bolding is mine)
The old Soviet Union may have been just as familiar with Canada’s Arctic waters as Canadians.
Sections of Cold-War-era nautical charts obtained by The Canadian Press suggest that Russian mariners have for decades possessed detailed and accurate knowledge of crucial internal waterways such as the Northwest Passage.

Those charts, which may offer the first documentary proof of the widely held belief that Soviet nuclear submarines routinely patrolled the Canadian Arctic during the Cold War, are still in use by Russian vessels. In some places, they are preferred to current Canadian charts.

"In some cases the Russian charts are more detailed than the Canadian ones and the navigators have them out on the chart table beside the Canadian ones in order to cross-reference any questionable soundings," said Aaron Lawton of One Ocean Expeditions, an adventure tourism company that charters the Russian-owned ship Academik Ioffe for Arctic cruises.

Does the crew speak English?

The ship's crew is Russian and they handle the day to day running of the vessel (engine room, bridge, outer decks, dining room service). The officers and the Captain on the bridge speak English. Some of the crew speak only a little English, but are always willing to use it. All of our One Ocean Expeditions staff, who operate our expedition product speak English as well as various other languages on specialty departures.

People have posted beautiful photos of "Akademik Sergey Vavilov"on the following webpage:
Canada's Greatest Cold Case
Why we're really searching for the lost Franklin Expedition

by Christopher Sorensen
Maclean's Magazine
18 Aug 2014

By far the most unusual addition to this year’s expedition is an ice-strengthened polar research vessel and cruise ship called One Ocean Voyager, which could have doubled as a set for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.

With a capacity to carry 160 passengers and crew, the Finnish-built ship boasts an upper-deck bar with 180-degree view, large dining room and comes equipped with “a gift shop, fitness room, massage room, hot-water spa, sauna and saltwater plunge pool.”

John Geiger, the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, says the cruise ship will be used mostly to ferry researchers and dignitaries, including representatives from Shell Canada and the Garfield Weston Foundation, partners in this year’s search.

There are a few spots open to the public, starting at about $12,000 for a two-week trip.
“Be a part of Canadian history in the making,” one travel website beckons.
Below is link to 6 page pdf  inviting people to book passage during the Victoria Strait Expedition.

One Ocean Expeditions
26 AUGUST 2014  -   9 SEPTEMBER 2014  -  14 NIGHTS/15 DAYS

Day by Day Itinerary - pg 5
Starts with person flying  into   Resolute Bay on Day   1 from Ottawa
Ends  with person flying out of Resolute Bay on Day 15   to   Ottawa
Monday, 19 September 2011
for passenger-cruise ship "Akademik Sergey Vavilov"
Guidelines Respecting Coasting Trade Licence Applications
Canadian Transportation Agency website

4.7.1 Transport Canada
88. While it is a proponent's responsibility to obtain a coasting trade licence in respect of any foreign ship engaged in coasting trade, Transport Canada may be contacted for guidance on the application of the Coasting Trade Act with respect to particular activities (i.e., whether an activity is or is not considered coasting trade), for ship inspection under the Canada Shipping Act to ensure foreign ships meet applicable safety standards, and for enforcement of the Coasting Trade Act.

4.7.2 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
93. Applications for a coasting trade licence must be made using Form C47, Application for Vessel Temporary Admission to the Coasting Trade of Canada and must be made by a person resident in Canada. Applications are to be sent to both the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency. The appropriate addresses and fax numbers are indicated in the application form.

4.7.3 Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) / Service Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
95. HRSDC/Service Canada and CIC have a co-ordinated process which may allow employers to use foreign workers aboard ships that plan to work in Canadian waters pursuant to the Coasting Trade Act.
1) Obtaining a Labour Market Opinion

96. Employers may require a Labour Market Opinion (‘LMO') in order to hire foreign crew to work in Canada. When an LMO is required, employers must complete and submit an LMO application for each occupation they wish to hire. To find out about local recruitment requirements and submitting an application to obtain an LMO, ship owners or their agents, should contact a Temporary Foreign Worker Unit (TFWU) well in advance of the arrival of their crew in Canada (i.e., at the same time as they apply for the coasting trade licence). The TFWU offers guidance to employers and/or their authorized representatives seeking to employ foreign workers in Canada.

97. In some cases, ship owners are exempt from the need to obtain an LMO before hiring foreign workers in Canada. The TFWU will advise employers on whether or not they can receive an exemption from the LMO. If workers are not occupying positions which would be exempt from an LMO, the employers will need to contact a Service Canada Centre for the LMO assessment and its issuance.

98. After a complete application containing all mandatory information for an LMO is received by the Service Canada office, processing can take an average of 15 business days. Service Canada will then issue an LMO decision letter to the employer which either confirms or refuses the employer's request to hire a foreign national for the designated position in Canada.

99. For more information, see the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and procedures related to LMOs.

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