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  • Supply Chain Best Practices Workshop

    In this focused event, business owners and managers will explore a proven approach — incorporating management, strategy, marketing and decision sciences — to designing and…

  • Shipyards and province eager to build ferries in B.C.

    The president of the Shipyard General Workers’ Federation is hopeful after hearing that provincial Transportation Minister Claire Trevena favours B.C. Ferries having its vessels built…

  • $800M 8-year maintenance contract awarded for new navy ships

    The federal government has awarded an $800-million contract to perform future maintenance and repair work on the Royal Canadian Navy's new vessels to the Canadian…

  • Seaspan ULC Appoints Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer

    Vancouver, BC — Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) today announced the appointment of Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

    Brent joined Seaspan in June 2015 as…

  • Council of Marine Carriers: Tugboat Industry Conference


    Tugboat Industry 2017 Conference: The State of the Industry in 2017
    June 1 to 3, 2017 -- Whistler, BC

     

    Session One:…

  • Cargo Logistics Canada Expo+Conference

    Canada’s Largest Supply Chain Event!

    Cargo Logistics Canada Expo & Conference is North America’s only multimodal show, drawing 2,500+ delegates from across all supply chain sectors…

  • Interferry 2017

    42nd Annual Industry Conference welcomed by Port of Split, Croatia officials...

    42nd Annual Interferry Conference

    Where: Split, Croatia (Hosted by the Port of Split), conference…

  • Canadian Ferry Association 2017 Conference

    CFOA heads to Halifax for 2017...

    Canadian Ferry Operators Association 2017 Conference:
    Charting our Course: The People and Technology of tomorrow's Ferries

    When: September 24…

  • Association of Canadian Port Authorities 2017 Conference

    ACPA Conference coming to Vancouver, B.C.

    Association of Canadian Port Authorities
    2017 Conference

    When: September 18 - 21, 2017
    Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

    Watch…

  • GreenTech 2017

    Southbound! GreenTech 2017 heads to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    When: May 30 to June 1, 2017
    Where: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    The call for…

  • Vancouver’s window of opportunity to build a global maritime business hub

    A recent study published by Monitor Deloitte identified Vancouver as one of the top five international maritime centres that is becoming increasingly important for future…

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  • LNG Canada pushing forward despite FID delay

    Two years has passed since last we checked in with Captain Mark Turner, Senior Marine Advisor, LNG Canada, to learn about the proposed multi-billion dollar…

  • Camosun opens new training centre in Esquimalt

    Camosun College has increased its regional presence with the opening of the Camosun Coastal Centre in Esquimalt. Formerly known as IMTARC (Industry Marine Training and…

  • Seaspan ULC Appoints Five Senior Leaders

    Vancouver, BC -- Seaspan is pleased to announce the following new senior leadership appointments:
    Seaspan Ferries

    Steve Roth has…

  • Exploring Supplier Development in British Columbia 2017-18 PILOT

    Overview
    In partnership with industry, the Government of British Columbia is exploring the creation and implementation of a British Columbia Supplier Development Program (BC…

  • 2017 IMTARC RFPs

    Please see the following (3) RFPs:

    Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
    Corporate Lean Training Request for Proposals

    Summary Details:
    This RFP seeks…

  • NIBC Conference 2017 - Managing Marine Risks in the Pacific Northwest

    Nautical Institute BC Branch 2017 Conference

    Managing Marine Risks in the Pacific Northwest
    May 10 to 12, 2017 -- Victoria, BC

    The NIBC is pleased…

  • Babcock’s $800,000 a windfall for Camosun College

    Eight months from now, a large empty bay in the James White Building at Camosun College should be humming with activity.

    The space is being…

  • Seaspan Ferries Corporation Announces Arrival of First New Liquefied Natural(LNG) Gas Fuelled Vessel

    Delta, BC – Seaspan Ferries Corporation (SFC) is pleased to announce the arrival of the Seaspan Swift, the first of two new dual-fuelled/hybrid (diesel, liquefied natural…

  • Seaspan boosts Camosun trades with six-tonne bulkhead

    Camosun College students show off a new bulkhead training module manufactured and donated to the college by Seaspan Victoria Shipyards on Tu

    A custom-made bulkhead newly installed at Camosun College will enhance training for skilled trades students heading into shipyards and other job sites.

    Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards…

  • B.C. collaborates with the ABCMI on $200,000 industrial marine project

    The B.C. government is investing in a partnership that will expand economic opportunities for the industrial marine sector. Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services…

  • First federal government vessels are taking shape at Seaspan shipyards

    Photos: Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

    Under a movable shelter several storeys high at Seaspan Shipyards, the graceful curve of a ship’s bow arcs upwards, dwarfing the hard-hatted workers who stand…

  • New: Accelerated Levels 3 and 4 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Technical Training Program

    A new accelerated Levels 3 and 4 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Technical Training program offers unique opportunity to train Level 2 Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprentices through blended learning.

    The program…

  • Centred on productivity: why IMTARC is primed to fill the construction training gap

    Nobody is going to confuse a navy destroyer for a Vancouver condominium, but there’s a remarkable overlap in the skills required to build them. It’s…

  • Pacific Maritime Magazine, Regional Report: British Columbia

    Overall economic growth looks positive for the BC marine industry, as various infrastructure projects take shape, particularly port expansions that are necessary to meet changing…

  • Spain looks for piece of shipbuilding pie

    Navantia, the fifth-biggest shipbuilder in the world, brought a Spanish navy frigate to Halifax Monday in a bid to show what it can bring to…

  • Coming this September 28: Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo & Championship

    A celebration of clean-technology excellence is to take centre stage in Surrey City Centre this fall.

    The 2016 Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Expo & Championship…

  • B.C. shipbuilding education gets a $2.9M boost

    Seaspan Vancouver has announced a major investment in the province's marine industrial sector in the form of a $2.9 million dollar pledge to support future B.C. shipbuilders.

  • Marine People Partnership Report

    The Marine People Partnership report addresses the challenges, needs and opportunities for strategic workforce development in the greater marine industry, which includes shipbuilding and ship…

  • IMTARC & Camosun’s joint “Passport to Shipbuilding” program featured in Times Colonist

    Times Colonist, May 15, 2016

    Chris Taylor is like most millennials. He wants a good career job and eventually a family and home of his…

  • Webinar: Women in the Skilled Trades

    On Wednesday May 11, join us for an online presentation of CAF-FCA initiatives for women, including The Skilled Trades Network.  Graham Trafford from Mott Electric…

  • SAE BC, SNAME & CIMarE joint seminar

    Following-up a successful joint SAE / SNAME / CIMarE event last year on LNG ship engines and Marine transport, we would like to invite you…

  • Shipbuilding is alive and strong

    The transfer of HMCS Regina back to the Royal Canadian Navy signals more than the completion of modernization for the navy’s 12 frigates; it also…

  • Multi-Industry Skills Training (MIST) program helps British Columbians get job-ready

    On November 9, 2015, 12 students made a 20-day commitment to their career futures. This was the first of six cohorts of students - 72…

  • IMTARC & Camosun Seeking Candidates for a Free Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Course

    Starting May 9, 2016 (and running to June 30, 2016), the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC) is partnering with

  • B.C. and Nova Scotia partner to support trades training in the shipbuilding and marine industry

    A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today between the provinces of British Columbia and Nova Scotia to strengthen workforce co-operation including innovation and participation in…

  • CanExport Program provides funding to SMEs seeking to develop export opportunities

    As part of the Government of Canada’s trade strategy to increase Canadian companies’ competitiveness and help them take advantage of opportunities abroad, CanExport Program was…

  • Shipyard in Esquimalt abuzz with refit work

    Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

    The Ruby Princess is in drydock in Esquimalt for a 10-day stop while 350 Victoria Shipyards workers go flat out to complete a vessel refit. Cruise-ship…

  • OSI to provide TDNS for the Royal Swedish Navy A26 Submarine Program

    Burnaby, BC, December 1, 2015 - OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce that the company has been selected by Saab to deliver Tactical Dived…

  • Cost to build navy’s new warships more than doubles to $30B

    Independent analysis suggests Canada will have to accept fewer ships — or spend a lot more money. The price of 15 new warships for the…

  • Ottawa confirms $587M deal to build navy supply ship in Quebec

    LEVIS, Que. — After putting the project on hold, the federal government said Monday the Chantier Davie Shipyard in Quebec will be granted the sole-source…

  • B.C. Ferries boosts profit, passengers

    B.C. Ferries increased earnings and passenger numbers in its latest financial quarter.

    Earnings came in at $84.5 million for the three months ending Sept. 30.…

  • IMTARC Congratulates Winners of the 2015 Export Awards

    The 2015 BC Export Awards

    The 2015 BC Export Awards, celebrating success and innovation in BC export companies, took place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver on Friday, November 20, 2015.…

  • B.C. and LNG Canada announce funding to advance skills training

    (from left to right) Gary Herman, Industry Training Authority CEO, Andy Calitz, LNG Canada CEO, Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, T

    Vancouver, British Columbia, October 15, 2015 – Employers in the construction sector will now be able to apply for funding to help their current…

  • Four new inland ferries draw shipyard interest

    The call is out for shipyards to design and build four new cable ferries for the province’s inland waterways.

    “This makes me very happy,” George…

  • IMTARC and Cryopeak partner on the delivery of the first LNG course of its kind in BC

    Esquimalt, BC., – July 21, 2015 – The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC), an industry-focused enabler for workforce development, recently partnered with…

  • Major upgrade coming for two Spirit-class ferries

    The Spirit of British Columbia, leaving Swartz Bay.   Photograph By DARREN STONE, Victoria Times Colonist

    One Canadian and two foreign shipyards have been shortlisted for the job of converting B.C. Ferries’ two Spirit-class ships to dual-fuel systems and completing their…

  • Skills-training funds buoy Victoria’s Point Hope shipyard

    A small funding announcement for skills training at Point Hope Shipyards Wednesday won’t do much for the 50 workers who formed the backdrop for Premier…

  • Victoria’s Point Hope shipyard charts bright future

    An artist's rendering of what the expansion of Point Hope Shipyard would look like, aligned with the proposed master plan for Dockside Green

    The future of Point Hope Maritime was bleak in the summer of 1985, when owners shut it all down. It was a time when coastal…

  • Top Australian Apprentice Hosted in Innovative BC Apprenticeship Exchange Program

    Langley, BC (June 9, 2015) - A talented Indigenous Australian carpentry apprentice who earned a month-long learning experience in Canada will have an opportunity to…

  • IMTARC completes first entry level Ship Repair Program of its kind

    Esquimalt, BC., – May 20, 2015 – The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC), BC's key shipbuilding and repair industry workforce development integrator,…

  • Anatomy of a cruise-ship refit by Victoria Shipyards

    The 947-foot Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess cruise ships, with room for 3,080 guests.   Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, Times Colon

    Everyone from crew members to contractors on the Crown Princess cruise ship moves briskly. After all, the deadline is tight.

    The 289-metre (947-foot) ship was…

  • Looking for skilled workers?

    SkillSource is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing employers with ready access to skilled apprentices and providing apprentices with the guidance, training and support needed…

  • LETTER - More to the LNG story

    Dear Editor,

    Having grown up in North Vancouver in the 1960’s and 70’s and having travelled frequently up to Whistler to ski…

  • IMTARC completes Introduction to Shipbuilding and Repair Course

    The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC) and Camosun College recently partnered on the delivery of a six week "Introduction to Shipbuilding and Repair" course. …

  • Key figure in Victoria shipyard revival is retiring

    When Malcolm Barker retires in a few months, he will leave behind a successful shipyard that he helped to build from scratch at a time…

  • LNG use increasing as marine fuel

    Re: “Ferries and LNG go well together,” editorial, Feb. 4.

    The editorial on the increasing use of liquefied natural gas in the marine sector was…

  • Ferries and LNG go well together

    Predictions of liquefied natural gas powering B.C.’s future are still mostly talk, but at least one LNG dream will come true. B.C. Ferries has signed…

  • IMTARC’s Aboriginal graduates start work at Meridian Marine

    IMTARC's Graduates

    Esquimalt, BC – Dec. 15, 2014 – The Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC), BC's key shipbuilding and repair industry workforce development integrator,…

  • Meridian Marine to build innovative self-floating power plant

    Contract marks final stage of alternative energy project for Dent Island Lodge...

    Hull #001 will be a memorable one for Meridian Marine – one which…

  • Esquimalt Drydock Co. wins Queen of Capilano upgrade contract

    Esquimalt Drydock Co. has been hired by B.C. Ferries to do a $12-million mid-life upgrade on the Queen of Capilano.

    An Esquimalt shipyard that has won its biggest B.C. Ferries contract to date is hoping this job will lead to more similar work in the…

  • $7.7-million upgrade for Queen of Oak Bay

    A $7.7-million update to the Queen of Oak Bay is starting at Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock.

    It is the first of B.C. Ferries’ C-class vessels to go…

  • BG Group to delay LNG terminal on Canada’s Pacific coast: report

    “We’re pausing on Prince Rupert to see how the market evolves particularly in function of total supply that will come out of the U.S.,” BG C

    British oil and gas producer BG Group Plc will delay until the next decade a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal on Canada’s Pacific coast,…

  • Vancouver Shipyards starts production of first NSPS vessel

    Watched by Seaspan Shipyards President Brian Carter, Minister Diane Finley presses button to initiate steel cutting

    OCTOBER 27, 2014 — Diane Finley, Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada visited Vancouver Shipyards, Vancouver, B.C. today to announce the award…

  • Working the dry dock: A day at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards

    Electrician Jessica Lawson arrives from her Saanich home to begin work at Esquimalt Graving Dock ahead of most of her co-workers.

    As a charge hand…

  • RTO transitions to SkillSource

    For the last 7 years, the Resource Training Organization (RTO) has helped reshape the apprenticeship system in BC and has made important contributions to the…

  • The Aboriginal Workplace Readiness Program is a success at IMTARC

    From October 4th to October 18th ten hardworking individuals took part in the Aboriginal Workplace Readiness Program at the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research…

  • Two Alberni Ship Builders merge as the Industry Turns Around

    Two Port Alberni Ship building companies are merging as demand is on the increase for boats. The two companies showed off boats before their delivery…

  • BC Ferries converting Spirit Class vessels to LNG

    BC Ferries two Spirit Class vessels will be converted to LNG by 2018

    The two largest BC Ferries vessels are going to be running on natural gas by 2018, the ferry corporation announced today.

    The Spirit of Vancouver…

  • B.C. Ferries plans ship refits, terminal upgrade in Port McNeill

    An artists rendering shows the planned $13-million upgrade B.C. Ferries has begun at the Port McNeill terminal, which will include a new wid

    This year, 20 B.C. ferries are getting refits to keep them ship-shape and the Port McNeill terminal on northeast Vancouver Island is undergoing a $13-million…

  • Three B.C. Ferries vessels will be built in Poland

    Artist's rendering of the new B.C. Ferries intermediate-class vessel. Credit: B.C. Ferries - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/

    B.C. Ferries’ three new intermediate-class vessels will be built in Gdansk, Poland, by Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. for $165 million. A contract was signed Thursday to…

  • Point Hope expansion spending could reach $60 million

    Uchuck III, a former minesweeper refitted to accommodate passengers and freight, is worked on as part of its annual facelift at Point Hope s

    Now that the company which had been leasing the Point Hope Maritime site in Vic West has purchased the land, its new owner estimates expansion…

  • Seaspan Unveils Name of Canada’s Largest Gantry Crane

    After several months of anticipation and preparation, and the careful consideration of hundreds of student submissions, Seaspan officially r

    After several months of anticipation and preparation, and the careful consideration of hundreds of student submissions, Seaspan officially revealed the name of its newly assembled,…

  • New Industry Training Authority board of directors appointed

    VICTORIA - A new board of directors for B.C.’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) was appointed today by Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and…

  • Newport News Shipbuilding apprentices can now earn a bachelor’s degree at ODU

    Students seeking an apprenticeship with Newport News Shipbuilding can now also earn a bachelor's degree in electrical or mechanical engineering thanks to a new…

  • Victoria Shipyards poised for piece of $180M New Zealand project

    Victoria Shipyards is in line to install new combat systems on two New Zealand frigates as part of a larger $180-million contract signed thi

    Victoria Shipyards is in line to install new combat systems on two New Zealand frigates as part of a larger $180-million contract signed this…

  • Outlook brightens for region: Industry officials predict growth for high-tech, shipbuilding, tourism

    Chemistry Consulting’s annual economic outlook breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. for a good reason — there’s a lot happening these days in Greater Victoria…

  • Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC): A student’s perspective

    IMTARC SRELT students learning at the Esquimalt Graving Dock

    By Tonya Gillard, Recent Graduate, Shipbuilding Repair Entry-Level Training...

    Between October 2 and December 20 2013, I became one of 13…

  • Minor injuries after fire abroard HMCS Protecteur

    A fire broke out in the engine room of a Canadian Navy ship in the Pacific Ocean Thursday night, but no major injuries were…

  • Agreement supports jobs and investment in Capital Region

    VICTORIA – The B.C. government and City of Victoria will exchange Crystal Garden and four properties for three city properties on Harbour Road, creating…

  • Canada’s largest permanent gantry crane arrives at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards

    Austral Asia Line delivers heavy-lift cargo from Asia...
    After months of planning and anticipation, Seaspan’s new 300-tonne Gantry Crane arrived at Vancouver Shipyards…

  • New Canadian Coast Guard Lifeboats on the Way

    Government of Canada Seeks Feedback on Search And Rescue Lifeboats as Part of National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat

    The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and…

  • New ship repair business opens in North Sydney

    © Cape Breton Post photo
Jamey Nicholson, a project manager for Canadian Maritime Engineering, stands near the RJ Ballot tugboat the company

    NORTH SYDNEY — Canadian Maritime Engineering has set up shop at North Sydney harbour and has its sites already set on expansion.

    The…

  • Response from Irving Shipbuilding and Seaspan regarding the Rideau Institute Report

    HALIFAX AND NORTH VANCOUVER, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ -

    Critical debate is healthy.  Grossly inaccurate, misleading, factually-empty debate is irresponsible.  

    The recently…

  • BC/NS Discussions on Workforce (and Supplier) Development in the Shibuilding and Repair Industry

    On November 26th and 27th, 2013, the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC) in British Columbia and the Major Initiatives and Project Office…

  • BC Ferries Issues Request for Proposals to Build Three New Liquedfied Natural Gas Ferries

    VICTORIA – BC Ferries announced today that the company has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to five pre-qualified shipyards, including one Canadian proponent,…

  • Shipbuilding lifelong passion for SS Beaver Medal winner Malcolm Barker

    Malcolm Barker praises employees at Victoria Shipyards and puts himself in their shoes.  Photograph by: ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist

    Victoria Shipyards general manager Malcolm Barker’s “dream” phone call goes like this: “Mr. Barker, I have a problem. Can you help me?”

  • LNG fuel plants planned to serve transport industry in Edmonton, Vancouver

    Westernport Innovations' LNG powered truck.

    CALGARY - Two companies are teaming up to build liquefied natural gas plants in Edmonton and Vancouver to serve the transportation industry.

    In…

  • Easing entry into trades training

    Pre-apprenticeship programs help trades students find their niche. Beth Grayer builds a toolbox for her women in trades discovery program at Camosun College Interurban,…

  • Next big ship deal on tap: Maintenance contract will be worth billions

    Shipbuilding workers relax Oct. 19, 2011 after hearing the news from Ottawa that Irving Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build combat

    Ottawa is starting the ball rolling on the next big shipbuilding lottery that could ultimately be more lucrative than the national shipbuilding program.

  • Training centre opens in Canada

    An era of enhanced growth, productivity and competitiveness for British Columbia’s shipbuilding and shiprepair sectors is promised as a result of major new investments…

  • Pilot Ship Repair Entry Level Training Program (SRELT) Launched at IMTARC

    Victoria, BC - On September 30th, the first 14 students started in the Ship Repair Entry Level Training (SRELT) pilot program in Victoria at…

  • Seaspan building 10 more ships for coast guard as part of $3.3-billion contract

    Cranes are pictured at the Vancouver Shipyard in North Vancouver, B.C. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The federal government announced that the Vanco

    NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - A North Vancouver company that won a federal shipbuilding contract two years ago is going to get even busier after…

  • Seaspan awarded $3.3 billion contract to build Coast Guard ships

    CCGS Tanu, an Offshore Patrol Vessel

    North Vancouver-based Seaspan Shipyards has won a $3.3 billion contract to build vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, the federal government announced today.

  • Company facilitates training for marine industry

    Instructor David Rogers from BC Hazmat Management Ltd. teaches a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) course to employee

    A retired naval captain is changing the way marine industrial training is done in British Columbia.

    Capt(N) (Ret’d) Alex Rueben best…

  • The refitting of B.C. Ferries

    The 44-year-old MV TachukÕs current refit will push its lifespan to 2029. Formerly a relief vessel, the ferry will go into active service wh

    Admit it: B.C. Ferries’ newer boats are pretty spiffy.

    In the past six years, the government-owned, sort-of-independent company has added seven…

  • Sun rising on shipbuilding industry, says Victoria-based marine research centre

    Nick Thom, left, Dwight Huddlestan, Mitchell Pennimpede and Reg Hayward learn from Ryan Steacy about measuring C02 levels using an atmospher

    B.C. shipyards have the capability to build three new B.C. ferries, although it may require a joint effort among companies, says the head of…

  • B.C. Ferries given OK to build three new vessels at a cost of hundreds of millions

    The Queen of Burnaby will be replaced under B.C. Ferries’ strategy to standardize its fleet.  Photograph by: WEBGEER VIA WIKIPEDIA, Webgeer

    B.C. Ferries has won approval to buy three new vessels and will seek to bring more standardization to its fleet with the purchase.

  • BC Ferries Commissioner approves major capital expenditure for three intermediate class vessels

    VICTORIA, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The BC Ferries Commissioner has approved BC Ferries' application to construct three new intermediate class vessels to replace…

  • Sidney’s marine training heads east

    Sidney training company’s technology and expertise will be the foundation for a three-year training program offered by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association.

    Quadrant…