A Canadian maritime college is upgrading its training facilities in British Columbia with simulators to teach ship handling, towage, ice navigation and bridge operations
Atlantic Towing will spend C$700,000 (US$500,000) installing new training simulators in the Camosun College in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island.
This commitment comes 18 months after Atlantic Towing secured a three-year contract to provide emergency offshore towage for the Canadian Coast Guard.
It is working with Irving Shipbuilding to fund a simulator upgrade in Camosun College, which serves 19,000 students.
This will enable Camosun to offer a wider range of courses and develop a Bridgewatch programme, to provide training to cadets from local communities.
Wärtsilä will supply a new Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator to Camosun College, enabling courses to meet IMO’s international convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 2010) for seafarers.
This simulator is approved by DNV GL for teaching navigation, dynamic positioning, tug operations, anchor handling, pilotage, naval applications and vessel traffic management.
Atlantic Towing provides emergency towage in British Columbia coastal waters using vessels Eagle and Raven, assisting large commercial ships in distress and preventing potential marine pollution.
Its plan to implement Bridgewatch training at Camosun College was initiated during a meeting in 2019 with Coastal First Nation Communities on Vancouver Island.
Irving Shipbuilding’s shipyard in Halifax, Canada, builds naval ships for the domestic navy. It is working with the Royal Canadian Navy on the next class of Canadian surface combatant, Arctic and offshore patrol vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.