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REF NO.: 37

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

DATE: Jan. 29

Note to editors


The Nautical Skills Competition hosted by the Master Mariners of Canada (N.L. Division), in collaboration with the Marine Institute, will take place Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Marine Institute’s Ridge Road campus in St. John’s.

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

Experience for youth

About 50 students will demonstrate their skills in ship handling, navigation, stability, marine emergency duties, seamanship, dynamic positioning and offshore operations (iceberg towing) to veteran master mariners from the Newfoundland and Labrador region.

Twenty-two 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, 11 high school students from within 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.

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

Viewers can follow the competition @marineinstitute and using #NSC2020 on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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For more information, please contact Maria Halfyard, manager, applied research and industrial projects, Marine Institute’s Centre for Marine Simulation, at (709) 778-0339 or


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