Marine simulation facility being built in St. John's

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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$6.15M committed for university project

It has yet to be built, but the new Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility will cost $6.15 million and be used to train people for both research and safe work offshore.

The official announcement of the build was made at the Marine Institute building on Ridge Road in St. John’s, shortly after 1 p.m. today.

The new building will go up on the Ridge Road campus, adjacent to existing campus buildings.

The cost of construction is being shared, and support includes: $4.4 million from Hibernia Management and Development Corporation, $750,000 from the provincial government and more than $1 million from the federal government, through ACOA.

Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin O’Brien emphasized the desire by the provincial government to put public funds into growth in practical-application research opportunities and the development of offshore expertise. 

“The provincial government has invested $6.1 million since 2012 to support the Marine Institute expansion,” he said, in speaking to the province’s spend.

The new, advanced marine simulator will be used as a complement to existing offshore training facilities and equipment controlled by Memorial University’s Marine Institute, according to information provided at the announcement.

The simulator will include a motion platform to replicate harsh conditions in the North Atlantic. 

“The simulator will also replicate vessel vibrations and realistic visual representations of offshore operations in real time,” according to a joint news release.


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