Marine Institute's newest simulator feted

Hibernia management contributes $4.4 million to project

Ashley Fitzpatrick
Published on October 30, 2015

The new Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulation Facility was officially opened this morning at the Marine Institute (MI) in St. John's.

The addition of the simulator came with a hefty capital cost, given the need to expand MI's building on Ridge Road in order to house the machinery.

The project was covered with a $4.4-million contribution from Hibernia Management and Development Corp., $1 million from the federal government through ACOA and $750,000 from the provincial government.

Construction was completed by Redwood Construction, with internal technology covered by Kongsberg Maritime.

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The simulator is the 24th for MI's Centre for Marine Simulation, but one of the largest to date and the only one of its kind, when all features are considered, in the world.

It includes a visualization system and motion platform to help replicate the experience of being at work in an offshore vessel, allowing for industry training. It will also be used for future research.

"It's all about where we are positioning the Marine Institute for the future," said Education minister Clyde Jackman, who spoke at an event to officially open the simulator.