Cap Sante International and the British Columbia Institute of Technology have teamed up to offer a new training course to satisfy international requirements with regards to proficiency in fast rescue boats, starting March 29. Cap Sante is a service provider of lifeboat products, training and services, and the BCIT is a high quality course provider preparing students for careers at sea.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed by the organizations which shall be followed by a formal agreement.
The multi-year agreement will combine Cap Sante’s expertise with BCIT’s maritime education capabilities to create a powerful and innovative training platform to be conducted at the BCIT marine Campus in North Vancouver.
British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Capt John A Clarkson, master mariner and associate dean said: “To reach our goal of improving the nation’s maritime workforce, it is critical that the BCIT work closely with other educational institutions. By partnering with Cap Sante International, BCIT is having a definitive impact on the educational opportunities available to all students and improving the education process for all involved.”
We are very pleased to extend our partnership to jointly develop a strong and innovative proficiency in fast rescue boat program to address the next-generation needs of our Canadian mariners,” said Richard Wright, CEO of Cap Sante International. “CSI is best-in-class when it comes to lifeboat and rescue boat technology which enables us to offer highly-differentiated instruction and services. We look forward to a fruitful and long-term relationship.”
By 2015, a worldwide shortage of ships’ officers is forecast to reach 27,000. Canada as a maritime nation with the longest coastline of any country in the world will have plenty of opportunities for new mariners in offshore oil, commercial and cruise businesses.