Up­grades un­veiled at Nau­ti­cal In­sti­tute


The Nau­ti­cal In­sti­tute showed off its state-of-the-art up­grades at the Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege Strait Cam­pus on Tues­day.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted $850,000 to up­grade the nav­i­ga­tion sim­u­la­tor and ac­quire a new marine voltage sim­u­la­tor to al­low for ad­di­tional train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to bet­ter pre­pare stu­dents for highly skilled jobs in the ship­ping in­dus­try.

The fund­ing came from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency’s in­no­va­tive com­mu­nity fund.

The to­tal cost of the project, which started con­struc­tion in July, is ap­prox­i­mately $1.2 mil­lion. NSCC was re­spon­si­ble for the re­main­der of the cost.

The nav­i­ga­tion sim­u­la­tor can sim­u­late a wide range of ves­sel types and can cre­ate var­i­ous storm con­di­tions as stu­dents work on a replica of a ship’s bridge.

“It can sim­u­late go­ing into Syd­ney har­bour, the Strait of Canso or Halifax har­bour, or what­ever har­bour we want to sim­u­late. It’s the most state-ofthe-art equip­ment right now in Canada,” said Tom Gunn, prin­ci­pal of the NSCC Strait Cam­pus, in an in­ter­view.

“When you’re on the (nav­i­ga­tion sim­u­la­tor), you would feel like you’re on a big, ocean­go­ing ves­sel. It is quite large and peo­ple can get sea­sick in it as well be­cause of the wave ac­tion.”

The sim­u­la­tors have ex­panded to an­other class­room where stu­dents can use smaller ver­sions of a nav­i­ga­tion sim­u­la­tor at in­di­vid­ual work­sta­tions.

Gunn said it al­lows for each stu­dent to work on as­sign­ments us­ing a pre­sub­scribed sce­nario de­cided by the in­struc­tor.

The up­grades in­cluded new dig­i­tal soft­ware that sim­u­lates ice con­di­tions and Arc­tic nav­i­ga­tion, fa­cil­i­tat­ing work with in­dus­try in the North­west Pas­sage.

While there are ap­prox­i­mately 140 cadets who are reg­is­tered in the pro­gram, last year there were ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 mariners who at­tended the Nau­ti­cal In­sti­tute to re­ceive train­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in order to con­tinue work­ing in the marine in­dus­try.

Gunn said with new tech­nol­ogy al­ways on the hori­zon, the need to main­tain an edge at the in­sti­tute is im­por­tant. It’s the rea­son the NSCC looks to keep up­grad­ing its equip­ment and soft­ware.

“We want to keep things sta­teof-the art but we’re in pretty good shape right now. A lot of the ma­jor projects that we had on our check­list have been ac­com­plished.”

The Nau­ti­cal In­sti­tute is the old­est marine train­ing in­sti­tu­tion in Canada dat­ing back 145 years. It con­tin­ues to at­tract stu­dents from across Canada and around the world.

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