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SYDNEY, NS, Aug. 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Since 1965, the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has been providing internationally recognized training to personnel of the Canadian Coast Guard. Today, this impressive training is benefiting from the addition of a new, state-of-the-art Wärtsilä training engine – the first of its kind in Canada.
Parliamentary Secretary Mike Kelloway, on behalf of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, was at the Canadian Coast Guard College today to unveil the new training engine. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as a tour and a demonstration of the training engine.
The training engine replicates a Coast Guard ship’s engine room, including a fully functioning Wärtsilä W8L26 diesel engine. This allows personnel and trainees to learn hands-on how to operate, repair, and rebuild a Wärtsilä W8L26 diesel engine – training that is currently only offered in one other place in the world: Trieste, in Italy. Featuring a control room, equipment, and systems layout similar to those on a Canadian Coast Guard ship, the training engine effectively prepares students and personnel for future work in our fleet.
In addition to the new Wärtsilä training engine, the College is also home to several world-class simulators, including a propulsion plant simulator, a marine navigation simulator, and an ice management simulator. There is no other marine training institute that offers training on a Wärtsilä engine, or on medium- and high-speed marine propulsion engines in a fully simulated state.
The unveiling of this impressive, one-of-a-kind training engine is another example of how far the Canadian Coast Guard has come since its creation 60 years ago. Throughout its history, the Canadian Coast Guard has continuously sought out innovative and exceptional training and techniques to propel the organization into the future, and cement it as a world-class marine safety and response agency.  
“Congratulations to the Canadian Coast Guard College on its new Wärtsilä training engine – the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere! This exceptional training tool provides Canadian Coast Guard personnel with important hands-on experience with the necessary equipment to serve Canadians safely and effectively.”
The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“I’m honoured to be part of today’s unveiling of the Canadian Coast Guard College’s new Wärtsilä training engine. With modern equipment and facilities like these, graduates from the College can continue to gain the knowledge and skills they need to serve Canadians, keeping mariners and rural coastal Canadians safe, protecting the environment, and enabling safe and efficient marine trade.”
Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The addition of the Wärtsilä training engine represents another huge step forward for the Canadian Coast Guard and our goal of building the standard and raising the bar on maritime training. As we celebrate our past, it’s new and ground-breaking technologies like the training engine that are helping us to navigate and shape our future as a modern organization committed to helping Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”
Mario Pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

“The Canadian Coast Guard College is proud to add the new Wärtsilä training engine to our growing list of exceptional and modernized training facilities on our campus. With this new system, our students and personnel will be provided with the theory and practical hands-on training that’s essential to the safe and effective operation of our fleet and the delivery of programs for all Canadians.”
Dena Richardson, Executive Director, Canadian Coast Guard College
The Canadian Coast Guard College recently installed a new state-of-the-art Wärtsilä training engine on-site at the College, the first of its kind in Canada and one of only six in the world. The training engine allows students and fleet personnel to gain hands-on experience on how to operate, repair, and rebuild the Wärtsilä W8L26 diesel engine – training that is only offered in one other place in the world: Trieste, Italy.    
The fully functioning training engine is housed at the College’s Marie Engineering Training Building and replicates a Coast Guard ship’s engine room. Featuring a control room, equipment, and operating systems similar to those on a Canadian Coast Guard ship, the training engine effectively prepares students for future work in our fleet – providing them with the opportunity to practice many of the skills that they need to work safely and efficiently in the engine room.
The training engine uses the Wärtsilä W26L8 diesel engine, the same type of engine that is currently being installed on several Coast Guard vessels, including buoy tender vessels and light icebreakers.
With this model of engine, the College is able to provide robust training to students, which includes
There are several other general Wärtsilä training centres in the world, including those in South Korea, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, and Finland. The College is currently one of only two centres in the world that offer practical, operational, and overhaul training on this specific model of Wärtsilä engine, the other one being in Trieste, Italy.
In addition to the new Wärtsilä training engine, the College is also home to various world-class simulators, including a marine propulsion plant simulator, a marine navigation simulator, and an ice management simulator. There is no other marine training institute that offers training on a Wärtsilä engine or on medium and high-speed marine propulsion engines in a fully simulated state. With these exceptional training facilities, the Canadian Coast Guard is preparing the next generation of maritime personnel to serve Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
At the Canadian Coast Guard College, we are building the standard and raising the bar on maritime training.
Located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the College is one of the most modern and well-equipped marine colleges in the world. It provides an all-inclusive, comfortable home for students wishing to join the Canadian Coast Guard in a variety of positions. From life at-sea on a Coast Guard ship to monitoring marine traffic at a Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre, all of our positions play an important role in the lives of Canadians.
When students arrive, they instantly become part of an elite community that will support them in achieving success. Students who enter the College for the Officer Training Program and the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Program are provided with many of the same benefits as an employee of the Canadian Coast Guard and train towards a rewarding career in their respective fields.
From there, our graduates work across Canada to help keep mariners safe, protect the environment, conduct scientific research, and enable safe and efficient marine trade.
Anyone who is interested in applying or is looking for more information about the Canadian Coast Guard College can contact the recruitment office at [email protected] or visit https://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/college/index-eng.html.
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SOURCE Canadian Coast Guard
For further information: Kevin Lemkay, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 613-992-3474, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-990-7537, [email protected]
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