The inauguration ceremony was presided over by former International Maritime Organization Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos, and attended by a variety of guests from the Indian shipping and offshore industry.
The NOTI facility has been created by the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) to support competence development in offshore shipping among its members, and to promote best practices as these seafarers progress up the chain of command.
“The NOTI facility provides the missing link in training for Indian seafarers working in the offshore sector today,” said Captain Nand Hiranandani, chairman, NUSI.
“As a not for profit organisation, we have been able to make an investment in the future of all seafarers and provide a means for them to continue their professional development and further their careers.”
“The centre that ARI Simulation has provided to NUSI/ITF Trust for Indian seafarers is truly world-class. There is nothing like it in India and little to compare to it anywhere in the world.”
Shravan Rewari, CEO of ARI Simulation, said that the simulators delivered to NOTI offer “the most sophisticated immersive simulation training solutions ever developed for the offshore industry.”
“ARI’s unique total integration model significantly extends training capabilities, empowering the Institute to offer training across the spectrum of offshore operations in topside, surface and subsea work areas,” he said.
“We are privileged to be the technology partner to the NOTI institute and to have been given the opportunity to deliver a cost-effective yet truly world class solution.”
This deal with NOTI included the design and delivery of what ARI claims to be the world’s largest visual 360-degree dedicated offshore vessel bridge simulator, as well as India’s first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) simulator.
The NOTI centre also includes a full mission offshore vessel engine simulator, an offshore crane simulator, a full mission DP-2 bridge simulator and an eight-station multifunctional classroom, with functionality for DP, ECDIS, Radar, ship handling and oilfield navigation training.
Assembly and installation began in spring 2013, involving ARI personnel from functions including software development, manufacturing, assembly, engineering, integration and on-site project supervision and co-ordination.
All simulators have been built to the latest standards from Det Norske Veritas, the International Marine Contractors Association and the Nautical Institute and have been designed to support competency development and assessment programmes in accordance with international oil and national company requirements.
The NOTI can now provide complete simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) scenario training, with multiple trainees across multiple simulators able to co-operate in a single mission. Such scenarios can include end-to-end simulations including logistics, towing, rig positioning, subsea installations, as well as heavy lift crane operations at sea.