Training Facilities & Equipment
Traditional training methods have relied on ships arriving in port and our ability to access to their equipment for training purposes. That has obvious drawbacks – for example, there is one rating that involves a 17 day training program, but access to equipment to complete the program might take as long as three months.
Alleviating these inefficiencies led BCMEA to purchase equipment like cranes, simulators, lift-trucks, bulldozers and other waterfront specific equipment to move away from the reliance on cargo related equipment. This means BCMEA is able to train people in a controlled environment that is more efficient, and more importantly, safer.
The BCMEA has four training centres (click on links for location maps):
The Head Office training facility offers two fully equipped classrooms that can accommodate up to 40 people. We also have a networked computer lab for computer-based training, and a simulator for crane training.
Our Waterfront Training Centre, located on 4.7 acres of land purchased on Mitchell Island, is a world-class waterfront training facility that supports a wide range of hands-on practical training for heavy equipment operation in a safe environment.
The Deltaport Training Centre includes a classroom facility and another crane training simulator.
The Fraser Surrey Docks location is a trailer-based facility with two fully equipped classrooms.
We have a full range of equipment for training purposes located at our Waterfront Training Centre, including:
The centre is equipped with simulators for front end loader and bulldozer training, along with facilities to train in container lashing, log, steel and other break-bulk training.
All crane-related training has a simulator component to provide trainees with ‘seat time’ before they handle expensive and delicate cargo in an actual production environment. The BCMEA’s two state-of-the-art crane simulators, located at our Head Office and Deltaport training facilities, realistically recreate, with vision, sound and motion, all conceivable conditions that might be encountered in a crane production environment.
We can simulate operation of dock, rubber tired and rail mounted-gantries, ship’s pedestal and gantry cranes, loading containers, logs, lumber, steel, pulp, etc. In addition to simulating cranes, ships, locations and cargo types, the system allows operators to experience a full range of weather and day time/night time situations.