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St Lawrence Branch Donates to Mariner House in Montreal

On March 24, CIMarE St Lawrence Branch presented a $500.00 cheque to Mariners House in Montreal.  This donation supports the valuable work they provide seafarers which is especially required during the time of COVID 19.

Carolyn Osborne accepted the cheque on behalf of  Mariners House while Zack Papchristou ( Branch Treasurer and Chris King (Branch Chairman) made the presentation on behalf of the St Lawrence Branch.

The work done by Mariners House during COVID-19 is described by Carolyn below:

MARINERS’ HOUSE STILL OPERATING THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC

Since the start of the pandemic, Transport Canada has authorised seafarers to come ashore to either go straight to a centre for their use solely – such as Mariners’ House of Montreal – or to a pharmacy for essential items.  However, very few maritime companies permit their workers to disembark.  Nevertheless, a few have been able to come to Mariners’ House, which is still open five days a week and, as always, free transport is available to and from their ships.

 

While activities, including fundraising events, have been severely limited over the past year, Mariners’ House and the chaplains from their colleagues, the Ministry to Seafarers, have continued to operate.  Among the services offered to seafarers are SIM cards to access the internet on board vessels which do not provide this service for free, wired money transactions as well as personal purchases on behalf of the crew.

 

Seafarers have particularly suffered during COVID and Mariners’ House is relieved it has been able to ‘carry on’ assisting and raising the spirits of these essential workers.

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Congratulations National Council Scholarship Recipient for 2020

Congratulations to Guillaume St-Yves, the recipient for the 2020 National Scholarship.  We are excited to support Mr. St-Yves’ education as a mechanical engineer at at l’École de Technologie Supérieure.  Below is the thank you note from Mr St-Yves describing his initiatives.

As a mechanical engineering student at l’École de Technologie Supérieure, I have always been motivated to learn and innovate. It’s for this reason that I quickly got involved within the university’s submarine scientific club, Omer.

 

It’s during our human-powered submarine projects that I was able to apply the knowledge and theories acquired in class and develop a passion for marine engineering. I aspire to continue to thrive and learn every day, from design adapted to underwater conditions to computed fluid analyses (CFD).

On our latest complete project, Omer 11, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of optimization. This was the first hybrid submarine in the world championship and it had the chance to display it’s innovation at the eISR and ISR (International Submarine Race). In fact, Omer 11 has two propulsion systems that can be interchange between races. The first system is a standard propeller and is equipped with precambered blades with an electrical variable pitch. It is also equipped with a non-prop system, similar to those used on sea kayaks. This propulsion called mirage has been completely redesigned in order to integrate a scotch yoke system and allow a circular motion to the pedals.

The current prototype, Omer 12, will be powered by a Voith-Schneider system. The design of the system is based on technologies already in the industry, but adapted to the power of two pilots. In addition to leading the team for almost two years, I had the opportunity to improve my knowledge of fluid dynamics. It has been useful in the design of an effective hull geometry and in my actual special project. It consists in optimizing the profile of our fins with biomimetism based on animal fins with bumps.

I would like to personally thank CIMarE for this recognition award! This contribution allows me and will allow me not to worry about my university tuition fees in order to put all my energy in the Omer project. I will understand even more about manufacturing methods and underwater conditions. I will be able to learn through the activities of CIMarE and pass on to my colleagues the possibilities offered by the organization.

These experiences and achievements within this branch of engineering inspire me to follow similar academic paths and opportunities.

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WESTERN MARINER

WESTERN MARINER – The magazine of the Coast

Marine education and safety

2019 Directory of marine Professionals

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