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REF NO.: 190

SUBJECT: Maersk/Seabase donating FRC davit to Marine Institute

DATE: June 16

{Leslie O'Reilly, Paul Locke, Captain Rick Strong}
On hand at the Marine Institute's Southside Marine Base for the donation of the FRC Davit Launching System were, from left to right, Leslie O'Reilly, Executive Director, Marine Institute, Paul Locke, President and Chief Executive Officer, Seabase, and Captain Rick Strong, Marine Services Manager, Seabase.
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Maersk/Seabase has donated a fast rescue craft (FRC) davit launching system to the Marine Institute. This davit has an approximate value of $100,000.00 and will be installed at the Institute's Southside Marine Base where it will be used to launch and retrieve the Institute'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 environment.

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. FRC Training at the Marine Institute will now mirror the real environment and with this latest installation offer First in Class training unsurpassed on the international stage.

"Investment in education and training at all levels is a prerequisite for continued growth. We at Maersk/Seabase believe that continued investment in education and training is a prerequisite for tackling the challenges of the future successfully," said Paul Locke, president and CEO of Seabase Limited. "This investment in the Marine Institute is an example of our commitment to local training and ensuring that the Marine Institute's training is First in Class, on the world stage. We are fully committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and see this donation as an opportunity to ensure the greatest level of safety for our employees and the major oil companies' employees we support and, when called upon, protect."

"Maersk/Seabase has made a significant contribution that will ensure that we have skilled people available to support the industry in the future," said Leslie O'Reilly, Marine Institute's executive director. "This investment will help us meet our safety objectives and is another example of the petroleum industry working with educational institutions to build local infrastructure."

Seabase Limited is the Canadian Representative for Maersk Supply Service. Maersk Supply Service - part of the A.P. Moller Group - entered the offshore market in 1967 as the first Scandinavian shipping company. With a fleet of more than 60 offshore support vessels of different types, Maersk Supply Service offers a world-wide service to the offshore industry with focus on high performance, innovation, reliability, quality and safety. Today, Maersk Supply Service is a leader in the field of tow-out and installation of large offshore installations. On the local stage 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 Pass.

Located at Pier 25 on the south side of St. John's harbour, the $5.1 million Southside Marine base features a 137-metre dock and a building for classrooms, offices and equipment storage and repair.

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