Shipping companies invest in Ontario training facility

Algoma Central Corporation is contributing C$1 million for the new Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre at Georgian College’s Owen Sound, Ontario campus. Lower Lakes Towing has committed an additional C$500,000 for the new facility.

Including these gifts, Georgian College has reached its fundraising goal of C$7.5 million to build the center and adjacent fire-training facility.

Algoma Central Corporation is contributing C$1 million for the new Marine Emergency Duties Training and Research Centre at Georgian College’s Owen Sound, Ontario campus. Lower Lakes Towing has committed an additional C$500,000 for the new facility.

Including these gifts, Georgian College has reached its fundraising goal of C$7.5 million to build the center and adjacent fire-training facility.

“Marine Emergency Duties training is critical to our industry and we are pleased to help make this training available in Ontario, where it has been absent since 2013,” said Ken Bloch Soerensen, President and CEO, Algoma Central Corporation.

The center will provide introductory and advanced courses in firefighting, survival craft, life raft and immersion suit training, as well as first aid for cadets and working mariners.

“The addition of this center at Georgian’s Owen Sound Campus ensures shipping companies have a one-stop shop for quality marine programs and training in Ontario,” said Captain Scott Bravener, President of Lower Lakes Towing and Grand River Navigation.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by September 2016.

Maritime Editorial