donates rescue craft
Maersk/Seabase has donated a fast rescue craft (FRC) davit
launching system to the Marine Institute. This davit has an
approximate value of $100,000 and will be installed at the
Institute’s Southside Marine Base where it will be used
to launch and retrieve MI’s fleet of fast rescue craft.
Fast Rescue Craft training is a requirement for offshore supply
vessels that provide safety standby support to offshore oil
and gas facilities. This training has become an essential
element in providing support and assistance should an incident
occur. It is one of the premiere safety training courses designed
for the protection of workers in the challenging offshore
Maersk/Seabase’s contribution to the Southside Marine
Base will enhance the institute’s capability in meeting
the ever-expanding needs of the marine transportation industry,
specifically in the offshore sector, and will augment its
qualifications to delivery of the Standards for Training and
Certification of Watchkeepers (STCW ’95) approved FRC
courses. This unit will allow the Marine Institute to simulate
FRC launch and recovery as it would take place in the offshore
environment. One of the most important components of delivering
FRC coverage to offshore facilities is deployment and recovery.
Maersk Supply Service has eight Canadian flag supply vessels
working east coast Canada, employing over 200 east coast Canadians.
Recently seven of these vessels were working out of St. John’s
supporting the Hibernia Oil Field, Terra Nova Oil Field and
Petro-Canada’s deep water drilling program in the Flemish
Doors open at the Garden
Memorial’s Botanical Garden held its
grand opening for the 2003 summer season on Saturday, June
7. With the admission charge of a non-perishable food item
to be donated to the Community Food Sharing Association, garden
staff collected about $4,000 in food donations. On hand during
the opening were (L-R) Eg Walters, general manager of the
Community Food Sharing Association, David Anthony, president
and CEO of Anthony Insurance, which sponsored the opening,
and Dr. Wilf Nichols, director of the Botanical Garden. The
garden is located on Mount Scio Road. For more information,
please contact the garden at 737-8590.
Scheduled power outage
There is a power outage scheduled for Saturday, July 19, from
9 a.m.-9 p.m. The buildings affected by this power outage
are: Arts and Administration Building, Music Building, Physical
Education and Athletics Building, Science Building, Mathematics
Building, Facilities Management Building, Rothermere, Bowater,
Doyle, Main Dining Hall.
This power outage is necessary for Facilities Management to
identify the condition of major components in the 12,500 Volt
and 4,160 Volt electrical distribution system prior to planned
upgrades later this year. The Field House and Aquarena will
not be affected and can be accessed through either main entrance
or the pedway between buildings. Please note this power outage
will also affect access to and from pedestrian tunnels in
the affected buildings.
Inquiries can be directed to the Work Control Centre, Department
of Facilities Management, at 7600. Facilities Management asks
for your cooperation regarding this matter and apologize for
any inconvenience this may cause.
Novartis vice-president visits university
The vice-president for medical affairs with Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Canada, Dr. Jean-Marie LeClerc, was in St. John’s June
17 for a full day of meeting with university officials, researchers
and clinicians, as well as government officials.
Novartis’ contribution to Memorial includes sponsoring
numerous clinical trials as well as establishing a new Professorship
in Pediatric Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine in 1999.
This position is held by Dr. Guang Sun, whose research is
on obesity and genetics.
Dr. LeClerc is a pediatric oncologist who trained in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina, and practiced at St. Justine in Montreal,
where he was head of oncology before leaving for industry.
He has a distinguished research record and has held CIHR grants
of several million dollars. At a luncheon meeting hosted by
President Axel Meisen, Dr. LeClerc said his goal in moving
from academia to industry is to increase the amount of funding
for research. He said last year Novartis Canada invested $35
million in research and development and he would like to see
that figure exceed $100 million by 2008.
Describing some of the many products developed and marketed
by Novartis, and the process through which they are approved,
Dr. LeClerc said he is proud to be part of a company based