Wärtsilä welcomes student training ship from State University of New York Maritime College

Wartsila SUNY visit
June 17, 2016

17 June 2016 Wärtsilä welcomed cadets from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College to its Trieste factory during the school’s summer sea term Italian port stop in June. The students use the summer sea term to gain practical experience on board the SUNY Maritime training ship, the Empire State VI. Upon arrival in Trieste, the Wärtsilä Italy management team welcomed the group of close to 600, which…

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Nanaimo’s WMI news and programs

May 9, 2016

WMI’s 2016/2017 Schedule is Live! The 2015/2016 academic year at Western Maritime Institute is coming to an end and we’re down to our last few spring courses. We’re excited about what the next academic year has in store. Congratulations to all Course registration is now available on our website and we are looking forward to having another very busy year with a campus full of activity. In the 2016/2017 academic year, we will…

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Western Maritime Institute in expansion mode… again

WMI courtyard
March 8, 2016

You would think Capt. Kitching would be enjoying the good life after passing on the bulk of his responsibility to the new owners of Western Maritime Institute (WMI), but you would be wrong. With no parking spot available the other day, when I visited, I quickly realized, there was obviously big things going on at Western Maritime. The Parking lot was full; on campus housing full; which meant the classrooms…

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Bob might finally retire; WMI changes ownership

March 16, 2015

Captain Robert CE Kitching, President, Western Maritime Institute Western Maritime Institute’s parking lot was full to the brim last week when I went to visit. The institute’s founder, Capt. Bob Kitching states that he’s even had to find parking out on the road on some days. Capt Kitching founded Western Maritime Institute (WMI) back in 2000, on the site of a surplus elementary school, in a semi rural area, south…

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“Big Iron” gets a fishbowl

March 31, 2014

BCIT North Van campus, home to the Cadet programs I got an email from Russel Oye recently, letting me know of a great development for the west coast engineering types. Most of you you may know Russel as the long time Shop Instructor at BCIT’s North Shore Marine Campus, where all recent Marine Engineering cadets have passed through. Russel is also involved in the Canadian Institutes of Marine Engineering though…

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Room and a Maritime Education

September 17, 2013

WMI’s Captain Bob Kitching stands in front of the institute’s new student accommodation building Western Maritime Institute (WMI) officially welcomed its first students into it’s new student housing building. A few weeks back, all the final touches and permits were completed on the brand new facility. Students enrolled at the maritime training school are now able to stay on site, at the campus, simplifying their life and reducing their overall…

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Big iron lands in BC

July 18, 2013

BCIT’s new training centerpiece, a MAN 7L48/60 Medium Speed Diesel engine Fantastic news the other week. After nearly two years of behind the scenes interaction, one big announcement was made by BCIT and MAN Diesel & Turbo Canada; as matter of fact, its 119 tons of announcement. BCIT has received a large medium speed Diesel engine; an inline 7 cylinder 48/60 series with common rail fuel injection, the second largest…

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Running to sea

March 13, 2012

Greece’s finance minister The Eurozone debt crisis continues to rage on with no real end in sight. Wholesale disposal of a raft of people’s way of life, by god know’s what, but it sure does not seem to be for the greater good of the general population, that’s for sure. I see it as wholesale theft of a country by some “good with numbers” predatory leeches, who have no moral…

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