About Nigel Greenwood

Nigel Greenwood completed a 37-year naval career as the Commander of Canada’s Pacific naval forces. In this role he was responsible for: defence of Canada’s western maritime approaches; generation of ready forces for deployment to international maritime operations; Search and Rescue in the Pacific Northwest and over the landmass of BC and the Yukon; assistance to civil authorities for domestic emergencies and law enforcement; and maintenance of Canada’s maritime defence relations in the Pacific.
Strategy | Analysis | Leadership

October 2017

NWP Transits in 2017

By | October 6th, 2017|Leadership|

This summer I had the great pleasure to sail as assistant ice navigator to Martech Polar's Captain Duke Snider onboard the MSV Nordica, as she conducted a repositioning transit from Vancouver to Nuuk, experiencing the earliest transit ever of the NWP. Along with a great collection of maritime expertise (Cdn Coast Guard and US Coast [...]

September 2016

NWP 2016 in RRS Ernest Shackleton

By | September 19th, 2016|Ice Navigation, Risk Assessment|

I sailed this summer in RRS Ernest Shackleton as Assistant Ice Navigator during her escort of MV Crystal Serenity during that ship's historic transit of the Northwest Passage. Shackleton is a "Type A" icebreaker under Canadian rules that is usually employed in logistic support of the five scientific bases of the British Antarctic Survey. During [...]

October 2015

Designing a command development scheme to suit a 21st century Navy

By | October 29th, 2015|Emergency Management, Leadership, Marine Pilots, Maritime Security, Risk Assessment|

Command at sea has been an abiding preoccupation of The Nautical Institute. Indeed, possession of a command qualification used to be the primary requirement of membership. Recent articles in Seaways have dealt with both the philosophies and practicalities of preparing young officers for the challenges of command. In this article, I would like to share the Royal [...]

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May 2015

NIBC Conference | Maritime Energy Transport

By | May 1st, 2015|Ice Navigation, Marine Pilots, Naval Training, Operational Analysis, Risk Assessment|

May 7-8, 2015 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada The subject of energy transport by sea grows ever more topical in BC. Numerous proponents are aggressively pushing plans for LNG export from different locations on the coast, aided by a provincial government that is eager to realize economic gains from this new industry. Proposals to increase oil [...]

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