The Maritime Academy of Toledo is now home to a newly redeveloped maritime simulator site thanks to work donated by Carpenters Local 351 and IBEW Local 8, two of Toledo Construction’s affiliated unions.
The simulator project is the first phase of the Academy’s landmark agreement with VSTEP B.V., a leading European developer of simulators and virtual training software, that will allow the establishment of the first NAUTIS maritime simulation demonstration center in the U.S. The NAUTIS range of maritime training simulators offers an affordable alternative for training maritime and inland navigation officers and crews.
Nearly 20 members of Carpenters Local 351 worked for two months to build new bridge walls of the maritime simulators initially installed more than 20 years ago. The members also worked to raise the floor for the new bridge simulator, remove walls from the radar classroom, install new ceilings and paint the bridge and radar classroom. The union also donated and laid new carpeting for the radar simulator room and donated materials for the new simulator consoles.
The electrical workers of IBEW Local 8, meanwhile, reviewed all electrical requirements for the new simulators, moved existing outlets, and moved and installed electrical requirements for the new bridge simulator and radar equipment. The National Electrical Contractors Association donated $5,000 for electrical materials.
“I am deeply appreciative that the Carpenters Union Local 351 and IBEW Local 8 agreed to help us with this project,” said Maritime Academy of Toledo President Renee Marazon in an Academy press release dated Jan. 9. “We only had $30,000 and a shot period of time to complete the reconfiguration of the Second Floor at One Maritime Plaza. Certainly without their donations we would have never completed the reconfiguration on time.”
The impact of all trades affiliated with Toledo Construction on the community is evident through the hundreds of volunteer construction work hours, in addition to the many buildings and structures that adorn our area’s cityscapes. We built this community and we are working hard to make it even better.
As Ms. Marazon also stated in the release, “The Maritime Academy of Toledo deeply appreciates this strong showing of community support.”
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