News Release

REF NO.: 42

SUBJECT: Nautical science students put to the test in local industry competition

DATE: January 18, 2018

Note to editors:

The Nautical Skills Competition (NSC2018) hosted by the Master Mariners of Canada (N.L. Division), in collaboration with the Marine Institute, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Marine Institute’s Ridge Road campus.

Using the Marine Institute’s state-of-the-art marine simulators, the competition includes a series of challenging marine exercises designed to test knowledge and ability of nautical science students and develop leadership skills and confidence. The competition looks to promote the maritime sector, encourage team building and professionalism, and foster a culture of safety.

More than 70 students will demonstrate their skills in shiphandling/navigation, cargo/ballast control, seamanship, dynamic positioning and offshore operations to veteran master mariners from the Newfoundland and Labrador region.

Twenty-seven local, national and international maritime organizations are supporting the competition, providing opportunities for cadets to interact with the region’s most experienced mariners.

This year, 10 high school students from in and outside the province will also participate in the event, contributing to the Master Mariners of Canada’s mandate to promote the marine profession to younger generations. As well, a Croatian delegation will observe and participate for the purpose of launching a similar competition at a maritime university in Croatia.

Awards will be handed out in the areas of safety, professionalism, and communication and teamwork, with the top overall team receiving $1,000 for each team member and the Capt. Jim Thorpe trophy.

Follow the competition on Twitter @marineinstitute and with #NSC2018 on Jan. 20.

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