Bouchard Transportation has donated $750,000 to the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College for the creation of a tug and barge simulation center.
The simulation facility will be housed in Fort Schuyler, on the SUNY Maritime College, Throggs Neck campus. It will be available to SUNY Maritime College students as part of their program of study and to outside tug and barge companies for employee training. The center will offer full mission bridge simulators, instruction stations and a “de-briefing area,” where instructors can meet with their students to discuss navigation, seamanship and bridge resource management skills required in the operation of tugs and barges.
In a statement, SUNY Maritime College President Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.) explained that students will benefit greatly by having access to a state-of-the-art tug and barge simulation center. “Ensuring that our cadets are well-educated in the specific and complex intricacies of operating tugs and barges carrying all types of commodities including oil and asphalt, and ranging from 3,000 to 12,000 h.p., will open new doors of opportunity and better prepare them for successful careers,” she said.
“Bouchard is committed to educating our future mariners, the young people who will lead this industry in the years to come and to training mariners currently working in the tug and barge industry to keep them aware of new topics and procedures,” said Morton Bouchard III, President of Bouchard Transportation.