Canadian Coast Guard College unveils new state-of-the-art training engine
SYDNEY, NS, August 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Since 1965, the Canadian Coast Guard College of Sydney, Nova Scotia, provides internationally recognized training to Canadian Coast Guard personnel. Today, this impressive training benefits from the addition of a new state-of-the-art Wärtsilä training engine – the first of its kind in Canada.
Parliamentary Secretary Mike Kelway, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Joyce Murray, was at the Canadian Coast Guard College today to unveil the new training engine. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as a tour and demonstration of the training engine.
The training engine replicates the engine room of a Coast Guard vessel, including a fully functional Wärtsilä W8L26 diesel engine. This allows staff and trainees to learn hands-on how to operate, repair and rebuild a Wärtsilä W8L26 diesel engine – training that is currently only offered in one other location in the world: Trieste, Spain. Italy. Featuring a control room, equipment and systems layout similar to that of a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, the training engine effectively prepares students and personnel for the future work of our fleet.
In addition to the new Wärtsilä training engine, the College is also home to several world-class simulators, including a propulsion installation simulator, a marine navigation simulator and an ice management simulator. No other marine training institute offers training on a Wärtsilä engine or medium and high speed marine propulsion engines in a fully simulated state.
The unveiling of this impressive, one-of-a-kind training engine is another example of how far the Canadian Coast Guard has come since its inception 60 years ago. Throughout its history, the Canadian Coast Guard has continually sought innovative and exceptional training and techniques to propel the organization into the future as a world-class maritime safety and response agency.
“Congratulations to the Canadian Coast Guard College on their new Wärtsilä Training Engine – the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere! This outstanding training tool provides Canadian Coast Guard personnel with significant hands-on experience with the equipment needed to serve Canadians safely and effectively.”
The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“I am honored to be part of today’s unveiling of the Canadian Coast Guard College’s new Wärtsilä Training Engine. With modern equipment and facilities like these, College graduates can continue to learn the knowledge and skills they need to serve Canadians, keeping seafarers and rural coastal Canadians safe, protecting the environment and enabling safe and efficient maritime trade.
Mike KelwayParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“The addition of the Wärtsilä Training Engine represents another great step forward for the Canadian Coast Guard and our goal to set the standard and raise the bar for maritime training. As we celebrate our past, these are new and groundbreaking technologies as the training engine that help us navigate and shape our future as a modern organization committed to helping Canadians from coast to coast.”
Mario PelletierCommissioner, Canadian Coast Guard
“The Canadian Coast Guard College is proud to add the new Wärtsilä Training Engine to our growing list of outstanding and modernized training facilities on our campus. Through this new system, our students and staff will receive the theoretical training and practical. It is essential to the safe and efficient operation of our fleet and the delivery of programs for all Canadians.”
Dena RichardsonExecutive Director, Canadian Coast Guard College
The new training engine offers Canadian Coast Guard students and personnel the opportunity to disassemble and rebuild engine components to practice a ship’s major engine overhaul or repair – something that was previously impossible to do on an operational engine due to vessel downtime, cost and risk.
Wärtsilä has only a few training centers worldwide, and only one other center that uses the same engine model.
The Canadian Coast Guard College is a national maritime training institution that provides post-secondary education to students wishing to join the Canadian Coast Guard in a variety of positions, both ashore and at sea.
For 60 years, the Canadian Coast Guard has helped sailors in need. Whether at sea or ashore, our staff are there for Canadians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
New state-of-the-art Wärtsilä drive motor
About the training engine
The Canadian Coast Guard College recently installed a new state-of-the-art Wärtsilä training engine on-site at the College, the first of its kind in Canada and one of only six in the world. The training engine allows students and fleet personnel to gain hands-on experience on how to operate, repair and rebuild the Wärtsilä W8L26 diesel engine – training that is only offered to one other place in the world: Trieste, Italy.
The fully functional training engine is housed in the College’s Marie Engineering Training Building and replicates the engine room of a Coast Guard vessel. Featuring a control room, equipment and operating systems similar to those of a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, the training engine effectively prepares students for future work in our fleet – providing them with the opportunity practice many of the skills they need to work safely. and efficiently in the engine room.
The training engine uses the Wärtsilä W26L8 diesel engine, the same type of engine that is currently installed on several Coast Guard vessels, including buoys and light icebreakers.
With this engine model, the College is able to provide solid training to students, which includes
Hands-on training: students learn theory in the classroom on maintenance scheduling, associated special tools and measuring equipment for the engine using a simulator and a maintenance manual.
Operational Training: Students practice on the training engine, focusing on basic engine operation and maintenance.
Overhaul Training: Students disassemble and rebuild engine components that would be part of a major overhaul or repair.
There are several other Wärtsilä general training centers around the world, including those at South Korea, United States, Indonesia, Braziland Finland. The College is currently one of only two centers in the world offering practical, operational and overhaul training on this specific model of Wärtsilä engine, the other being in Trieste, Italy.
In addition to the new Wärtsilä Training Engine, the College is also home to various world-class simulators including a Marine Propulsion Plant Simulator, Marine Navigation Simulator and Ice Management Simulator. There is no other marine training institute that offers training on a Wärtsilä engine or medium and high speed marine propulsion engines in a fully simulated state. With these exceptional training facilities, the Canadian Coast Guard is preparing the next generation of maritime personnel to serve Canadians from coast to coast.
About the Canadian Coast Guard College
At the Canadian Coast Guard College, we set the standard and raise the bar for maritime training.
Situated in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the College is one of the most modern and best equipped maritime colleges in the world. It provides an all-inclusive, comfortable home for students who wish to join the Canadian Coast Guard in a variety of positions. From life at sea on a Coast Guard vessel to monitoring vessel traffic at a Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre, all of our positions play an important role in the lives of Canadians.
When students arrive, they instantly become part of an elite community that will support them in their success. Students entering the College for the Officer Training Program and the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Program receive many of the same benefits as a Canadian Coast Guard employee and prepare for rewarding careers in their fields. respective.
From there, our graduates work through Canada to help keep seafarers safe, protect the environment, conduct scientific research and enable safe and efficient maritime commerce.
Anyone interested in applying or wanting more information about the Canadian Coast Guard College can contact the recruiting office at [email protected] or visit https://www.ccg-gcc.gc. ca/college/index-eng.html.
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