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Transas introduces Survival Craft Simulator

Transas has introduced a new Survival Craft Simulator (SCS) to prepare crew for the possible scenarios that can occur during lifeboat drills and to improve safety in an area that is a persistent source of accidents in shipping.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The SCS allows training to be conducted either at a training centre or on board ship, allowing trainees to learn essential procedures, such as the preparation of a survival craft, its launch and boarding, without any risk.

The simulator includes a detailed virtual model of an enclosed davit-launched, self-righting lifeboat. It is supported by a functional model to simulate the hook-release gear, wire lashings and gripes, and securing a boat onto a davit. Instruction on using the release handle, a safety pin, and hydrostatic interlock level can be delivered either virtually or with a physical device connected to the simulator.

“No one doubts the importance of effective survival craft training,” said Frank Coles, Transas chief executive officer.

“Guidance issued by insurers reaffirms that crew should be capable of operating lifeboat systems and understanding the mechanics and procedures, but training itself cannot be the source of risk.”

“The majority of the maritime industry stakeholders still have some way to go to fully embrace the use of simulation to enhance and improve competency in shipboard operations. This tool is further evidence that competence can be raised safely and efficiently without endangering lives. The time for platitudes is over; resources and recurrent training save lives and enhance safety.”{/mprestriction}

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