Friday, October 5, 2018

New Technology Will Assist the Training of Next Generation Maritime Professionals

Largest Marine Simulation Facility in Place By Next Spring
Shipping News Feature
UK – In February we revealed the government was putting £15 million into the training of extra cadets destined for senior maritime roles, a pledge supported by leading container and bulk shipping lines, one of the beneficiaries being Solent University's Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering. Now technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new facility at the Southampton site which will be the largest marine simulation training centre in the country. Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean of the Solent University’s Warsash School, commented:

“The simulation centre will be a central pillar of our maritime education, training and research programme. We are very pleased to be able to call on the global experience and extensive industry know-how of Wärtsilä in making this project a success.”

With the works scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2019 the contract with the Finnish based engineering group was signed last month and is linked to a five-year continuous service agreement. The simulator complex will provide decision support, analysis, and training based on live data received from ships and ports. The Wärtsilä input includes state-of-the-art navigational bridges, engine room, liquid cargo handling, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), and crane operation simulators.

Wärtsilä says its simulation and training services provide integrated solutions and high quality content designed to bridge the gap between the Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW), and the required level of competency. STCW sets the minimum qualification standards for masters, officers, and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts.

The equipment technology is being provided by Transas, a leading outfit in training and simulation services which Wärtsilä acquired in May 2018. The company offers both land- and ship-based simulation systems that utilise digital twins of actual vessels covering all on board systems. Real data from the ship can also be used to replay on board operations for training purposes.

To date, more than 5500 simulators have been delivered by Transas to some 1300 customers in more than 90 countries. The main customer segments include both government and privately owned training centres and academies, shipping and crewing companies, agencies such as port authorities and pilot associations, as well as navies and coastguards. Speaking of the new contract Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said:

“We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide the simulators for this very important training facility. The quality and flexibility of our solutions are the highest on the market, and have been developed to deliver the most realistic and valuable training possible for the marine officers of the future. The digital technology used aligns very closely with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine initiatives, whereby high levels of digitalisation and connectivity are employed to deliver even greater efficiencies.”

Photo: Alex Ponomarev, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä (second from left) flanked by Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering’s Lars Lippuner, Head of Commercial Operations, Muhammad Shafique, Senior Lecturer and Dean Syamantak Bhattacharya.