Seaspan Marine announces 5-year, multi-million dollar investment in marine training program

Jonathan Wilkinson (Member of Parliament for North Vancouver), Bowinn Ma (MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale) and Mayors Walton (District of North Vancouver) and Mussatto (City of North Vancouver) came out to join Seaspan for the announcement.

North Vancouver, B.C. – Seaspan Marine announced today that it has entered into a 5-year, multi-million dollar agreement with SeaWays Global, a UK-based provider of marine training and tugboat simulations. As part of this partnership, SeaWays will offer sophisticated, competency-based marine training and tugboat simulation in support of the Seaspan’s ship escort, ship assist and towing services.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this one-of-a-kind, world-class training program to BC,” said Bart Reynolds, President of Seaspan Marine. “This partnership demonstrates our long-term commitment to leadership and excellence in our safety and environmental performance, and we believe the program will set a new benchmark for everyone operating in our marine environment.”

Seaspan Tugmasters, Frank Butzelaar (CEO of Seaspan Marine), Bart Reynolds (President, Seaspan Marine) and Neil Sadler and Steve Sandy (Seaways Global) are all smiles after the announcement.

“We are very proud to be partnering with Seaspan to deliver this program right here in North Vancouver,” adds Neil Sadler, Managing Partner of SeaWays Global. “Seaspan’s commitment to providing high-quality training is going to be key to the continuous safe and effective operation of modern tugboats in BC’s busy marine environment, and I have no doubt it will provide a significant competitive advantage.”

Seaspan’s investment commitment totals over $6M and includes the installation of a multi-console tugboat simulator at the company’s North Vancouver Pemberton Campus. In addition, the program will see the implementation of on-going simulator and live vessel training programs for its tug masters, who operate vessels in Vancouver Harbour, on the Fraser River and along the BC coast.

About Seaspan

Bart Reynolds (Seaspan Marine) and Neil Sadler (Seaways Global) after signing the 5-year agreement.

Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) is an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal marine transportation, shipdocking/ship escort, ship repair and shipbuilding services in Western North America. In addition to the marine transportation services offered directly through Seaspan, commercial ferry, shipyard and bunkering services are provided via affiliate companies: Seaspan Marine, Marine Petrobulk Limited Partnership, Seaspan Ferries and Seaspan Shipyards (Vancouver Drydock, Victoria Shipyards and Vancouver Shipyards). Visit www.seaspan.com for more information.

About Seaways Global

SeaWays Global provides world-class tug master and pilot training, tugboat simulation, auditing and assessments. SeaWays programs are sophisticated and effective, and have been developed over 15 years. They are internationally recognized and compliant to all acknowledged industry standards. Visit www.seawaysglobal.com for more information

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Media contact:

Seaspan ULC
Corinna Bork (Manager, Communications)
604.984.1062
corinna.bork@seaspan.com