IASST International Meeting and Conference in ST.John's, Canada

Director Alexander Chropenko and deputy director Dmitrijs Semjonovs represented Novikontas Maritime Training centre, Lithuania and Novikontas Maritime College, Latvia on the international conference “Ocean Innovation 2012”. The conference organized by Memorial University’s Marine Institute in collaboration with the International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST, www.iasst.com) was held on October 21-24 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

This event marked as IASST's 9th International conference and 61st International meeting. IASST took on the responsibility of the theme ‘Extreme Survival: Innovations in Training, Knowledge and Equipment' as well as the conference's technical program. The conference “Ocean Innovation 2012” brought together internationally recognized researchers, regulators, policy makers and innovators to explore state of the art training, knowledge and equipment for safety and survival in extreme ocean environments.

"This conference provided an excellent networking opportunity and the forum to exchange knowledge and experience with safety and survival experts from five continents," said Robert Rutherford, Conference Chairman. “Our meetings are step toward exploring professional key issues in the areas of maritime safety. Friendly relationships among international colleagues forming long lasting contacts between Maritime Educational Institutions”, noted Alexander Chropenko. IASST is an association of safety and survival training providers with worldwide membership whose mission is to facilitate the exchange of information on matters relating to safety in the maritime environment and to promote continuous improvement in safety and survival training internationally. Novikontas Maritime College is member of IASST from 2005.