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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.


MacDonnell has been providing engineering and management consulting services to its clients for over 50 years. The company has developed broad interests in port management and seaport security training, offering MARAD and Transport Canada approved instructor-led and web-based training solutions for the 3.5-4 million port workers in North America. In recent years, MacDonnell has begun marketing the PortStar™ web-based Seaport Security Training System for United States ports, and now offers the CPE Certified Port Executive Program™ in both the United States and Canada. In spring of next year, MacDonnell will host the seventh annual Port Security Conference of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, and the second annual Port Security Operations Conference and Expo in Port Everglades, Florida.

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