Seaspan plans new simulator, training for tug captains

The following is text of a news release from Seaspan:

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Seaspan Marine has entered into a five-year, multimillion-dollar agreement with SeaWays Global, a United Kingdom-based provider of marine training and tugboat simulations. As part of this partnership, SeaWays will offer competency-based marine training and tugboat simulation in support of the Seaspan’s ship escort, ship assist and towing services.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind, world-class training program to B.C.,” said Bart Reynolds, president of Seaspan Marine. “This partnership demonstrates our long-term commitment to leadership and excellence in our safety and environmental performance, and we believe the program will set a new benchmark for everyone operating in our marine environment.”

“We are very proud to be partnering with Seaspan to deliver this program right here in North Vancouver,” said Neil Sadler, managing partner of SeaWays Global. “Seaspan’s commitment to providing high-quality training is going to be key to the continuous safe and effective operation of modern tugboats in B.C.’s busy marine environment, and I have no doubt it will provide a significant competitive advantage.”

Seaspan’s investment commitment totals over $6 million and includes the installation of a multi-console tugboat simulator at the company’s North Vancouver Pemberton campus. In addition, the program will see the implementation of ongoing simulator and live vessel training programs for its tug masters, who operate vessels in Vancouver Harbor, on the Fraser River and along the B.C. coast.

By Professional Mariner Staff