Students of the Marine Engineering Technology and Navigation programs at Georgian College's Owen Sound Campus in Owen Sound, ON, will soon find themselves navigating ships around the globe in variety of conditions and scenarios.
In November, the college officially opened its Great Lakes International Marine Simulation and Research Centre, calling it the most advanced marine simulation and research centre in Canada.
“This state-of-the-art facility will provide a realistic training experience like no other. It will make Canada a leader on the world stage in the marine industry,” said Member of Parliament for Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound, Larry Miller, who was present for the grand opening.
An eight-year endeavour spearheaded by Georgian's Marine Advisory Committee, the project received $3.75 million from the Province of Ontario in addition to funding from municipal and federal governments. With new equipment valued at approximately $7.8 million, the centre consists of four simulators of ship bridges and engine rooms with computer generation and projection. A full mission ship simulator featuring a 360-degree view of harbours and waterways from around the world is also featured.
“Now we have the ability to review our exercises in a debriefing room and the opportunity to correct mistakes right away,” says Evan Dubblestyne, a third-year student in a program utilizing the centre. “You can see what's happening around you and program thunderstorms, rain, snow and sleet; it's just tremendous.”
The new research centre will not only benefit students, but also attract professional mariners from across Canada and internationally. Already the centre has welcomed classes from the Canadian Coast Guard and Great Circle Marine Services Inc.