Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Class Standards for Maritime Simulators to be Drawn Up

Professional Education with Approved Equipment is the Key to Safety and Efficiency at Sea
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Classification society ClassNK, and global specialist in maritime simulation, navigation and surveillance systems, Transas Marine, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop new standards, rules, procedures and guidelines related to classification of maritime simulators. The new requirements will aim to address the need for improved quality of both traditional and special areas of training, like offshore, LNG, tug and VTS operations. ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara commented:

"I believe that ClassNK and Transas cooperation will bring impressive results. My feeling is that the technology is changing, it is an accelerating change that demonstrates an increasing interest towards the safety of the environment [and] Transas has the special knowledge in effective tools for education, which is vital to ensure this. Meanwhile ClassNK has a long history of certification [and] I'm sure that this combination will contribute to the future of the entire maritime industry."

Transas Marine's Director Andrey Belentiev added that high-quality maritime education is a basis for safety and efficiency of shipping and that this strategic partnership will allow both companies to contribute to raising the level of marine professional education where proper standards are necessary.