Marine Institute takes media on tour of its Offshore Safety and Survival Centre

Glen Whiffen
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The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) gave members of the media a tour of the new environmental theatre and helicopter underwater escape trainer at its Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) in Foxtrap this morning.

Glenn Blackwood, vice-president of Memorial University (Marine Institute), and Robert Rutherford, director of OSSC, conducted the tour which included a demonstration of new training capabilities including an environmental pool with wave, wind, rain and sound control, and a high fidelity helicopter underwater escape trainer (HUET). 

A news release notes the OSSC delivers a comprehensive range of safety, survival and emergency response training to the offshore petroleum, marine transportation, fishing and land-based industries. It works closely with industry, researchers and industry associations to improve safety technologies and practices and can design and customize courses to meet specific training needs of its clients.

More to come on The Telegram website and coverage in Thursday’s print edition.

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  • Steve
    February 29, 2012 - 20:56

    @CM: I disagree with you, I did a CAPP medical a year and a half ago, out of physicians on the OSSC list only one place offered the CAPP medical. The Seafarers' medical is as comprehensive or more so than the CAPP medical and must be reviewed by Health Canada before being issued (the administrating physician only gives a Provisional Medical until the other is issued by Health Canada). What a blood and urinary analysis proves for a medical that is valid for a couple of years means absolutely nothing, especially for a training course and where other courses at the facility do not require a blood and urinary analysis. Besides the Offshore Industry, who regulate themselves, do random blood and urinary analysis which will pick up on any concerns they may have. You do not have to worry about an empty seat with the long line of those waiting, although people do drop out from time to time, it's mostly due to offshore work scheduling and is made up on a later date--courses such as the BST are mandatory outright while other courses are mandatory in relation to trades. And CM, you do not address the transportation issue, I asked about this when I went to registrar and was bluntly told that OSSC never had that problem before, personally I don't buy that line, I have a problem with affordable transportation there and I doubt I'm the only person who does. CM, I highly suspect that you are not a MI student but rather on the MI or OSSC payroll. I only call it as I see it and straight from the hip. This is a cash cow for MI, just a license to print money as there is absolutely no competition a sure monopoly as these courses are enacted in law, and a reason the books should be opened to the Auditor General. If there was another place to go and do these courses I would, in fact, courses like the BST are not even covered under the Student Loan Program because they do not meet the timeline constraints of their program even though the course is exorbitant.

  • Steve
    February 29, 2012 - 11:05

    Why not give the media a tour of their books? Do a forensic audit on their books. Why does it cost so much for 3 and 5 day courses that are mandatory to work through enactment in law? Why doesn't the Fisheries and Marine Institute offer transportation to and fro their facility that is not accessible by pubis transportation and cost an arm and a leg if you have no choice but to take a taxi? Why is a CAPP medical required to some of your courses and not allow a Seafarers' medical as acceptable? They are only courses not actually working within the offshore. There is only one place in St. John's where you can get a CAPP medical (unless something has changed within the past year--which I doubt). The Seafarers' Medical is exactly the same as the CAPP medical yet the Seafarers' Medical costs $80 compared to the CAPP medical costing $230. Why is there a $150 nonrefundable registration fee?

    • Joseph McGrath
      February 29, 2012 - 14:37

      I agree with you 100% Steve.I have asked in here many times for several years why Memorial University has not appeared before the PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTE since they threw the Auditog General out of there years ago.It was agreed then that the President and financial staff would be questioned in public on the financial operations of that place.All I ever here from the crowd in there is "academic freedom""academic freedom".What a load of BS to avoid public accountability.

    • CM
      February 29, 2012 - 17:57

      I'm an MI student; a CAPP medical is much more detailed than a seafarer's and it is for those who potentially will be involded in the oil and gas industry; CAPP stands for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers Offshore Medical. The CAPP can be done by several dozen family GP's (MI has an approved list of Dr's). The cost is $150. Which includes physical, audiogram, ekg, and blood and urinary analysis. The $150 registration fee is to confirm your attendance. Most MI courses have long waiting lists, by having a fee (which goes toward program cost) courses don't go ahead with empty seats, while people remain on waiting lists.