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New simulator opened in Liverpool

UK Shipping Minister John Hayes was among the guests at the official opening of a new Maritime Bridge and Engine Simulator training facility in Liverpool, as part of a maritime graduate talent programme that has been developed in partnership with UK industry body Mersey Maritime.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Maritime Bridge and Engine Simulator is located on the Byrom Street Campus at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), which is also home to the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and the Building Research Establishment (BRE). 

The simulator will form a key part of the graduate training scheme that will offer sponsorship placement opportunities to ten local companies operating in the maritime sector. The programme is an extension of the three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2015 between Mersey Maritime and LJMU to provide direct access between the university and maritime sector employers, and to identify skills gaps. 

“It is by bringing together academics and industry through this programme, and using cutting edge simulation technology, that we’ll be able to successfully train up the next generation of mariners, and ensure the UK’s maritime industry remains world-leading for many years to come,” said Mr Hayes, at the launch.{/mprestriction}

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