By Mark Squibb/November 18, 2021
Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute has renamed the Holyrood Marine Base The Launch.
“The Launch is one simple word, but represents so much,” said Mayor Gary Goobie. “Launching of ROV’s and underwater equipment, launching of new and exciting ocean technology just waiting on the horizon, and what will be a launch pad for our young students pursuing careers in the ocean technology sector. This new brand captures it all.”
The announcement was made in Holyrood at the Star of the Sea Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
“The Launch will fill a critical role for Canadian ocean science and operations, providing a unique collection of expertise, facilities and infrastructure to support critical at-sea research and education, which cannot collectively be found at any other institution in the country,” said Dr. Robert Shea, vice-president of Memorial university’s Marine Institute.
The newest building at the facility will also be dedicated as the late Dr. Arthur W. May Building.
Dr. May was Memorial’s president and vice-chancellor from 1990 to 1999. The Marine Institute joined MUN during his tenure. Before that he served a long career with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He was also the founding chairman of the Marine Institute’s Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research upon its creation in July 2010.
“This is a very fitting tribute to Arthur, who built his career in marine research and had a lifelong interest in the ocean’s mysteries, its inhabitants and its preservation,” said Sonia May, wife of Dr. Arthur May. “He was passionate about the Marine Institute and Memorial University and our family is grateful for this recognition. We look forward to seeing how this world-class facility moves marine research forward into the future for the benefit of all.”
The 36,000-square-foot building is scheduled for completion in September 2022, and will feature technical workspaces, dry laboratories, classrooms and multiple collaboration spaces.
Goobie said the announcement means good things for Holyrood, and the region as a whole.
“We expect to see more business start-ups for this whole region of Conception Bay Centre, which in turn will create sustainable employment opportunities,” said Goobie. “We will expect new families to set roots here, and we expect this facility will enhance the local economy. This is what regional economic diversification is all about. It’s going to be a ‘win-win’ for everyone.”