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Marine Engineers Gather in St. John's for Mari-Tech 2002

Ref. No. 152

DATE:     June 7, 2002
SUBJECT:     Marine Engineers Gather in St. John's for Mari-Tech 2002

Marine engineers, naval architects and ships' officers will be among the over one hundred delegates meeting in St. John's next week for Mari-Tech 2002, the 23rd National Conference and Exhibition hosted by the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE).

The theme for this year's Mari-Tech 2002 conference, to be held June 12-15 at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre, is "New Horizons - A Time of Change and Opportunity for Canadian Marine Engineering". Delegates will discuss the growing number of opportunities as the Canadian marine industry continues to move full speed ahead in new directions for marine engineers both offshore and onshore. Some of these opportunities are supported by the strong, offshore industry, which has established a comprehensive marine infrastructure in Atlantic Canada and the world-class marine education and research resources which exist at Memorial University, the Marine Institute and the National Research Council's Institute for Marine Dynamics. This capability is well supported by private sector researchers, naval architects and marine engineering companies, shipyards and marine suppliers.

This year's conference has a wide-ranging slate of speakers who will explore the many of these new opportunities including innovative ship design; innovations in ship machinery and maintenance; safety and environmental issues; vessel outfits for special applications; shipbuilding and marine training and research. Guest speakers also will feature Dr. Art May, former provincial deputy minister of Fisheries, and past president, Memorial University of Newfoundland, who will address the conference on Thursday, June 13, 2002. Dr. May will be also honoured by CIMarE with the Admiral's Award for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian marine industry. Leslie O'Reilly, executive director, Fisheries and Marine Institute, will be the guest speaker on Friday, June 14, 2002 when he will discuss the future of marine engineering in Canada.

CIMarE invites the public to visit the Mari-Tech exhibition that features over twenty-five national suppliers who will be displaying their state-of-the-art marine services and equipment.

CIMarE is a professional association, which represents members employed in or associated with marine engineering in Canada. It currently has seven branches across the country, including a chapter in Newfoundland and Labrador, which will host this year's conference.


For further information, the media may contact:

Bob Rutherford
Chair, Mari-Tech 2002 Committee
Tel: 709-778-0550 ext. 222
Fax: 709-834-1344
E-mail: bob.rutherford@mi.mun.ca
Kimberley Thornhill
Public Relations Coordinator
Tel: 709-778-0544
Fax: 709-778-0672
E-mail: kim.thornhill@mi.mun.ca


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