Program to keep sailing despite loss of ship: School – Metro US

Program to keep sailing despite loss of ship: School

School officials say the Class Afloat program will continue at West Island College International despite the sinking of the ship they’ve used for almost two decades.

The Lunenburg-based school is looking at options to continue the program this semester and next year after the tall ship SV Concordia sank off the coast of Brazil last week.

“Our main focus was making sure, obviously, that everyone was safe and returned,” said Kate Knight, head of the school. “Grieving the loss of the ship is something that we’ll all do, but a ship can be rebuilt.”

The Class Afloat program allowed students to take classes for 10 months while sailing to South America. It cost $41,500 for Canadian students and slightly more for international students.

The Concordia was built for the school in 1992 and was insured. The most recent semester began Feb. 4, less than two weeks before the Concordia sank.

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