The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) in the US recently opened the American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons Building, which houses the Academy’s new Full Mission Ship Simulator.
The 42,000 square foot academic building will host the Marine Transportation programme offered at MMA, with simulation facilities including a full mission, 360 degree bridge simulator, debriefing room, instructors’ control room and an ante room.
The simulated bridge will include an Integrated Navigation System (INS), Dynamic Positioning Systems (DP2), ARPA/Radar multifunction displays, and Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
The full mission simulator builds upon the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 simulator systems already installed at MMA. It can operate either independently, or in joint exercises across campus for multi-vessel scenarios with the existing Tug Bridge and Electronic Navigation Lab.
In Indonesia, a new Integrated Navigation System Building operated by PIP Semarang (Semarang Merchant Marine Polytechnic), one of the state education institutions administered by the Transportation HRD Agency, has opened.
The core of the training facility is a navigational simulator NTPro 5000 main bridge, with 12-channel visualisation and a 3-channel rear view screen for Dynamic Positioning (DP) training, providing 360 degree views.
Four cubicle part-task bridges extend the training capacity, as well as six trainee stations that can be used for training in DP (both DP class 1 and DP class 2) and Radar/ECDIS operations.
“(PIP Semarang) is very proud to be classified as one of the modern world class maritime training and education training centres in the world,” said Capt Bambang Purnomo, director of PIP Semarang.