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Transas CEO Frank Coles opened the Transas Simulation User Conference in Singapore.

Maritime Simulation: Transas launches THESIS

More than 400 delegates representing maritime training centres, shipping companies, certification societies, maritime administrations, and suppliers from all over the world, gathered in Singapore for the IVth Simulation User Conference hosted by Transas. During his keynote speech, Frank Coles introduced THESIS, the Transas Harmonized Eco System of Integrated Solutions.  “Ship, ship operations office, training facilities around the world, and a properly created ship traffic control environment can all be connected to the ecosystem, effectively a community that is able to talk to one another.

Ralf Lehnert, VP for the Transas Academy (Photo: Transas)

Transas Academy Launched

Transas Academy launched during the Simulation User Conference 2016   Transas has launched its newly established Transas Academy, part of the company's THESIS, the Transas Harmonized Eco System of Integrated Solutions, during the Simulation User Conference (SimUC) which took place in Singapore on January 26-28.   According to Transas, the main purpose of the Transas Academy is to connect maritime stakeholders and provide them with integrated solutions and high quality content, helping them to bridge the gap between STCW and the required competency level. It facilitates all aspects of

HR Wallingford’s Australia Ship Simulation Centre in Fremantle boasts state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators (Photo: Wallingford)

Australia’s New Ship Simulation Center Opened

A new specialist Ship Simulation Center, based in Atwell Arcade, Fremantle, was officially opened on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by City of Fremantle Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt.   The Australia Ship Simulation Center, owned and operated by HR Wallingford, has moved into new premises from where it will continue to provide expert navigation consultancy and a dedicated pilot training center for Western Australia and the wider region.   HR Wallingford UK’s Chief Executive, Dr. Bruce Tomlinson and Dr. Mark McBride, Ships Group Manager, joined Ben Spalding, Manager of the Australia Ship

William Boll (Photo courtesy of Horizon Marine)

Horizon Marine Welcomes Boll

oceanographer to be hired in the last two months, further bolstering the company’s capabilities. William graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Physics. He then completed his M.S. in Physical Oceanography while also obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Simulation Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. William’s thesis involved analyzing observed Doppler shifted internal waves generated by tidal interactions with local bathymetry in a shallow water region off the coast of New Jersey. Patrice Coholan, President of Horizon Marine

(Photo: Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center)

Simulation: Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center

with each other. Both conventional and Z-Drive controls can be used in the training.    In the past 12 months, the Delgado Maritime & Industrial Training Center has trained a total of 4,952 students in a variety of Fire Fighting, Safety, and Radar Navigational courses. With regard to Simulation classes specifically, it ran 71 total classes. Courses included all levels of Wheelhouse Proficiency Management, Z-Drive Training, and Towing Assessment Programs. The main thrust of its business is Domestic Inland Waterways and Offshore Oil & Gas.     Investment in the Future

Photo: The Centre for Marine Simulation

Simulation: The Centre for Marine Simulation

.   There are some fundamental aspects of maritime simulation training that will remain the same, specifically its use in providing a forum for people to demonstrate their understanding of navigational and watch keeping practices in situations they might encounter at sea.  However, as simulation technology has improved, and specifically the fidelity of the physics engine and visual displays, the ability to use simulators in more specific industry applications that go beyond just training and certification is happening. The shipping and offshore industry has started to accept simulators as a

(Photo: MPT)

Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

Class A LCHS for petro, chemical, and LNG; one Class A ERS for diesel, steam turbine, and gas turbine; and six Tec-Sim student stations for peripheral system training.    Recent Developments MPT’s new facility expansion added 25,000 sq. ft. with more than 15,000 sq. ft. dedicated to simulation, with additional classrooms and student areas making up the remaining. An additional 9,000 of existing space was remodeled with new classrooms, meeting areas, and a conference center. All four of our Broward County campuses received significant technology upgrades allowing for live streaming and

USMRC to Continue LNG Bunkering PIC Course

The U.S. Maritime Resource Center’s (USMRC) Maritime Simulation Institute announced that its inaugural Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering Person in Charge (PIC) course was a success. The course, which ran July 7-11, was developed on behalf of Harvey Gulf International Marine as it prepares to launch its first dual-fuel offshore supply vessel intended to run primarily on liquefied natural gas. To accommodate future demand, USMRC is adding similar courses every month for the remainder of 2014. They will be offered as follows: August 18-22 September 8-12 October 13-17

Seen here is WinGD training manager Tyson Liang Qin presenting the W-FMS virtual reality engine room to a delegation of ship owners. (Photo: WInGD)

WinGD Opens Virtual Reality Engine Room Facilities

the Marine Power Academy Training Center of Hudong Heavy Machinery Co. Ltd. (HHM), in Shanghai, China.   The simulator joins a network of some 20 further installations at strategic locations around the world. As well as being the first installation of WinGD’s dedicated, multi-touchscreen simulation hardware in China, the Shanghai FMS system is also first to be pre-programmed with specially adapted versions of the engine-specific W-Xpert simulation software WinGD develops with its partner UNITEST Marine Simulators Ltd, based in Gdynia, Poland.   The FMS training facility at the Marine

Captain Arbogast, Houston Pilots, maneuvering a Z-Drive tug at MSRC (Photo: Pascal Rhéaume)

Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels

 Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked Port in America. Each course was two days long, and was provided by the Maritime Simulation Resource Center (MSRC), at their Quebec City, Canada-based facility.   The Houston Pilots face a multitude of factors when piloting ships in their waterways, including weather and wind, particularly with large ships, a very small turning basin, as well as intricate 24/7 traffic management. Currently

Photo courtesy of Falck Safety Services

Falck Safety Services, Simwave Partner on Training

Falck Safety Services and Simwave are joining forces to serve the maritime and oil and gas industries with combined simulation and practical training. For more than 30 years, Falck Safety Services has offered safety training for the offshore, maritime and wind industries.   On November 8th, Simwave will open its doors to the most advanced maritime simulator center in the world. This co-operation means that customers will be able to undertake simulation training at Simwave to complement the training at one of the training centers of Falck Safety Services.   Simwave boasts 59 simulators

Captain Ted Morley, COO of Maritime Professional Training

MPT to Break Ground on 25,000-sq.-ft. Expansion

.   “We are pleased to have such an esteemed, highly-reputable contractor as Gulf Building Corp. in place to help us carry out our vision for this new facility,” said Captain Ted Morley, COO of Maritime Professional Training. "This expansion builds on our current SMART Campus simulation facility, bringing the latest technology for deck and engine room simulation to the industry. It represents the most state-of-the-art simulation in the country, and the fact that we are locating it in South Florida is a testament to our commitment to the marine industry here."   MPT

“You cannot be profitable in this industry unless you are safe. You cannot be safe unless you train,” said Morton S. Bouchard, III. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Bouchard Simulation Center Opens at SUNY Maritime

with SUNY Maritime to build a first-class simulator on campus that would not only benefit cadets, but would benefit our employees. We’re going to do our training here with our captains and mates.”   The simulation center is the latest in Kongsberg’s Polaris Bridge Simulation technology, and it was funded by a gift from Bouchard Transportation, the largest independently owned ocean-going petroleum barge company in the Unieed States. It offers full mission bridge simulators, instruction stations and a de-briefing area, where instructors can discuss topics regarding navigation

The Kognifai digital platform is a set of tools built on modern Cloud technology providing access to KONGSBERG and third-party simulation solutions. (Image: Kongsberg)

Maritime's Digital Transformation & Simulation-based Training

Nearly 200 delegates from across the world gathered in Den Haag, The Netherlands in September 2017 to hear about the latest developments in maritime training based on state-of-the-art simulation technology. The three-day Kongsberg UC2017 International Maritime Simulation User Conference brought attendees up to date on developments in digitalization, maritime training, navigation technology, maritime operations simulation and the use of virtual reality in training. Tom Mulligan reports.   New digital technology and advanced simulation are set to improve modern education and training methods

Milford Haven's simulator suite has the potential to put you at the helm of any marine vessel, in any port. (Photo: MPHA)

Tug Safety Training Offered at Port of Milford Haven

A powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, operated by the Port of Milford Haven is running courses to train tug boat operators from across Britain. The Navigation Suite, based at Milford Waterfront, creates highly realistic computer-generated versions of any port in the world, giving trainees the opportunity to take the controls of any vessel, including tugboats, to practice scenarios. Tug skippers from Williams Marine Services and Teignmouth Harbor Commission spent two days undertaking theory based safety training and working on simulated ‘as real’ scenarios within the port.

The K-Sim Navigation class A ship’s bridge simulator installed at Simwave is now fully operational 24/7 (Photo: Kongsberg)

Simwave Maritime Center of Excellence Opens

Digital have completed the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) of one of the largest, most advanced maritime simulation suites ever delivered. The SAT, which took place January 19, means that the new Simwave Maritime Center of Excellence in Barendrecht, Rotterdam is now fully operational. As the sole simulation technology partner in the development of the unique Simwave facility, Kongsberg Digital delivered the full scope of work in accordance with the contract awarded in April 2017, which represented one of its most extensive deliveries to date. Following the SAT, all technical aspects of the delivery, a

Brian Yoder (Photo: Moffatt & Nichol)

Moffatt & Nichol Hires Chief Software Architect

Brian Yoder has joined Moffatt & Nichol as Chief Software Architect at its Long Beach, Calif. office to help manage the software product development of FlexTerm, a simulation and emulation tool developed mainly for the container terminal planning, the terminal operating system testing, the logistic system modeling and optimization in ports and terminals. The software allows for better analysis of dynamic processes and visualization of operational processes through 3D animations. Moffatt & Nichol has successfully used FlexTerm on a number of terminals, including fully automated container

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