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Marine Institute drumming up business and employment opportunities at Seatrade Convention

Ref. No. 112

DATE:     Mar. 12, 2002
SUBJECT:     Marine Institute drumming up business and employment opportunities at Seatrade Convention

For the second year in a row, representatives of Memorial University's Fisheries and Marine Institute have travelled to Miami, Florida, to attend one of the biggest events organized by the cruise ship industry. The aim of the visit is to seek job placements for current students and graduates of MI's nautical science and marine engineering programs.

The Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention, taking place in Miami from March 11-15, 2002, is a gathering of over 1,000 owners and operators from 97 different companies operating in the cruise industry. Darlene Foote, MI placement officer, and Kim Thornhill, educational marketing co-ordinator, are meeting with a number of cruise industry executives during a series of meetings scheduled for the week. MI's participation at this convention grew out of the expansion of MI's marine engineering and nautical science program as well as the cruise industry's growing demand for high-quality seafarers from countries such as Canada. In addition to securing specific study and work placements for students and graduates, Ms. Foote and Ms. Thornhill will also be generally promoting the MI's educational capabilities to this fast-growing segment of the marine sector. Les O'Reilly, executive director of the Marine Institute, noted that the Seatrade Convention presents an important opportunity for the Marine Institute and for the province. "The cruise ship industry is an important sector for employment for our cadets and graduates," Mr. O'Reilly said. "By being present at this event we hope to increase the number of graduates from the Marine Institute who are working on cruise ships; an enhanced presence in that industry will serve to further strengthen the relationships that exist between the institute and the cruise shipping companies. Our placement initiatives will also complement the work being done by the City of St. John's and the province to make our province a cruise stop."

The Marine Institute has previously placed navigation and engineering cadets and officers with cruise ship companies such as Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises and Commodore Cruise Lines.


For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager, Memorial University News Service, 737-8665.


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