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MACDONNELL places for people

MacDonnell is a firm of professionals who create exceptional places for people to live, learn, work and play. Specializing in Innovative Engineering, Management Consulting, Maritime Security Training and Risk Management. MacDonnell takes an interdisciplinary approach to projects, inspired by its belief that people are what matter.

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The only program of it's kind in North America is a making a difference in the management and competitiveness of North American ports. The CPE Certified Port Executive Program gives participants the tools and knowledge to make their organization more competitive.

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Whether it is research and development, the introduction of new design in civil engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Corrosion Free Bridge Decks, or the design of bridges, ports and civil infrastructure, the expertise and services we have to offer come from our highly qualified people, our extensive list of successful projects, and an unparalleled commitment to our clients.  

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MacDonnell Security Risk Management provides a wide range of comprehensive Security Solutions to ensure you remain compliant with MTSR/DFSR Regulations. We combine extensive risk management knowledge and industry operational experience to assist you with identifying and managing your risks while maintaining efficiency.

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MacDonnell provides training and risk management solutions to meet the needs of our clients from coast to coast. Cost-effective and timely training programs which help you meet the objective of remaining abreast of regulatory changes, best practices in the industry, and changing technology and security requirements.

Port of Long Beach uses education to boost its competitiveness | Print |

(Port of Long Beach, July 18, 2014) – The Port of Long Beach has not lost sight of the significance of professional development in supporting the Port‘s decade-long, $4 billion investment in upgrades and efficiency improvements.  The Port’s commitment to boosting its competitiveness in the long term extends beyond rebuilding and replacing outdated facilities and infrastructure, to ensuring its human resources are prepared to help build the port of the future.

“Having a full understanding of all the operations of the Port and how departments and roles work together to achieve an overall goal is a valuable asset to our workforce,” comments Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Acting Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Port of Long Beach. “And this course provided that comprehensive overview.” Dr. Hacegaba participated in this week’s CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ Program held at the Port along with six other Port employees and five other managers from rail, terminal operations and other American ports.

The addition of CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ credentials gives the Port of Long Beach managers the tools and knowledge to individually make a more effective contribution to the organization, and to function more cohesively as a team. MacDonnell Group president Ralston MacDonnell explains the development of the program: “The maritime industry is constantly changing; management faces new realities and effective leadership requires a comprehensive understanding of the overall context. The course was designed to cover rapidly changing regulations and requirements that affect ports, marine facilities, transportation providers, supply chain operators and vessels, and is valuable to all levels of management from all related industry stakeholders.” Course topics include an overview of the worldwide intermodal transportation system, port and terminal operations, cargo management, safety and security, emergency planning and response, public and media relations, environmental management, and strategic, master, and business planning.

The course was developed by the MacDonnell Group and delivered by Captain Jeffrey Monroe, CPE, MM, MTM, a licensed master mariner with a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management.


First Canadian Training Certificate Issued for Vessel Personnel | Print |

November 7, 2013

First Canadian Training Certificate Issued for Vessel Personnel With Security Responsibilities

MacDonnell Group of Halifax made history today by issuing the first Training Certificate for a Vessel Personnel With Security Responsibility in Canada. The recipient John Cooney is a seafarer aboard the North Ocean 105 with McDermott Canada. John is among many seafarers who will be receiving their certification with companies like, McDermott Canada and Anglo Eastern Group in Montreal. The new certification is part of an international training and certification program initiated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and recently expanded to include all vessel personnel.

Company President Ralston MacDonnell commented “This milestone represents the first of thousands of Canadian seafarers that will be trained and certified over the coming months. as this company, under approval from Transport Canada, embarks on a robust schedule to help the Canadian seafarer community meet the deadline of January 1st 2014 imposed by pending regulations.”

Canada’s marine laws are greatly influenced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to which Canada is a member state. The lead federal department, Transport Canada (TC), works closely with the shipping industry and international partners to ensure that Canada’s marine transportation system remains one of the safest and most secure in the world. Moreover, TC develops and promotes risk-based marine security requirements through regulations and other instruments as appropriate to achieve acceptable levels of marine security.

In December 2002, in response to the events of September 11, 2001, the IMO adopted the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) as well as amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS) to significantly enhance the deterrence, prevention and detection of acts that threaten security in the marine transportation sector. The ISPS Code sets out a framework that gives member states a common way to measure risk, reduce threats and make vessels and marine facilities less vulnerable through well-defined security levels and procedures. All SOLAS-contracting states, including Canada, were required to adopt the ISPS Code on or before July 1, 2004. Canada implemented the Code through the Regulations, which came into force on July 1, 2004, established under the authority of section 5 of the Marine Transportation Security Act.

Transport Canada Recognized Training Institution Status | Print |

October 2, 2012

MacDonnell Receives Transport Canada Recognized Training Institution Status

HALIFAX – MacDonnell President Ralston MacDonnell was pleased to announce today that his company has been granted Recognized Training Institution Status under Transport Canada's Recognition Program for Approved Ship Security Training Courses. This new designation is based on proposed amendments to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR), which are expected to come into effect by early next year, and which will place additional security training requirements on seafarers worldwide.

“Receiving official Transport Canada recognition is a strong testament to the quality of our various port security training programs, our trainers, and the entire team that supports them, and I offer my sincerest congratulations to everyone involved,” said Mr. MacDonnell. “In practical terms, this recognition will allow us to continue providing top-notch training programs throughout the Canadian port and maritime industries for years to come. It is also a signal that the 2010 Manilla amendments to international ship security training will soon be in effect.”

MacDonnell has been part of both Transport Canada’s early voluntary program and its subsequent recognition program since 2004, training over 3000 Canadians since 2004. As the only Canadian organization to provide maritime security training from coast to coast, MacDonnell’s partnerships with Georgian College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology allow the company to effectively meet the needs of its customers across the country who must meet the regulatory requirements of MTSR in Canada and MSTA in the United States.

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