New marine training facility for Holyrood
The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI) will establish a new marine training facility at Holyrood that will help meet the growing need for safety and survival training for the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the training needs of the marine industry in the province.
Joseph McGuire, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced April 29 that the agency will provide $860,303 to assist in the refurbishing of the marine infrastructure at Holyrood to accommodate the new training facility. Natural Resources Minister John Efford, MP for Avalon, was also on hand for the event.
“The offshore oil and gas industry is a major component of the economy in Newfoundland and Labrador,“ said Minister McGuire. “The MI will offer survival training in a state-of-the-art facility with a team of highly trained instructors who have industry experience. The MI will provide customized, site-specific training that will enable clients across all target markets to optimize their training requirements.”
The new marine facility will include a new building to be constructed on the site to accommodate classrooms and office space. As well, the existing wharf will be upgraded, including new fendering, bumpers and curbing around the wharf and new mooring facilities. The project will also include the installation of new electrical services and a lighting system. A steel launch platform will be constructed on the north side of the wharf to facilitate the launch of fast rescue craft and new training equipment will be purchased.
“The new facility, which should be fully operational by 2006, will enable offshore survival and small boat operations training to respond to the growing needs of the offshore petroleum industry as well as environmental issues. It will also help foster rural development, particularly around the Holyrood area,” said Minister Efford. “The Marine Institute estimates that once the new marine training facility is completed there will be at least 2,500 people a year who will receive training at this new facility.”
“The Marine Institute, through its Offshore Safety and Survival Centre, is the province’s sole provider of professional-level safety and emergency response training,” said Leslie O’Reilly, CEO and executive director of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. “Through our facilities in St. John’s and Foxtrap, the centre has responded well to the increased demand for training; but this trend towards increased demand has stretched our resources and we are extremely pleased to work with the Government of Canada to be able to build this new Marine Base at Holyrood.”
The Holyrood location is ideal because of its proximity to the main training facility in Foxtrap. The new site will offer training not only in offshore survival, but also for small boat operators and in marine environmental training. The Holyrood Marine Base will be a state-of-the art training facility with a team of highly trained instructors with industry experience.
With 40 years of education and training experience, the Marine Institute is Canada’s most comprehensive education, training, applied research and technology transfer resource in support of the international ocean industries. With facilities in St. John’s, Foxtrap and Stephenville it has a full suite of state-of-the-art safety, survival and simulation facilities available to deliver a full range of training, including short industrial response courses, diploma of technology programs, and bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
The funding for this project is being provided through ACOA’s Strategic Community Investment Fund (SCIF). SCIF is providing $135 million over five years to help communities in Atlantic Canada create an environment that encourages the development of strategic sectors. This fund, administered by ACOA, is a component of the $700 million Atlantic Investment Partnership (AIP).