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Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at new Portuguese facility

One of the two tug simulators - with 360◦ LCD technology. It provides a realistic immersive tug-like environment for hands-on advanced training One of the two tug simulators - with 360◦ LCD technology. It provides a realistic immersive tug-like environment for hands-on advanced training

Wärtsilä has delivered advanced technology simulators to a new training facility in Portugal that has been developed and is run by the Port Authority for the ports of Douro, Leixōes and Vano do Castelo (APDL).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} The centre is the country’s largest and most advanced maritime training facility. It features a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator with 360-degree projection, two tug simulators with 360 degree LCD, and one VTS simulator to allow full training, complex exercises, and certification for pilots, tug masters, merchant navy offices, and seafaring vessel crews.

The simulation technology has been developed by Transas, a Wärtsilä company and the order was placed in October 2018.

“Our ability to customise the configuration of the simulators to meet the precise requirements of APDL was a key contributor to the winning of this prestigious contract. The Full Mission Bridge simulator with 360 degree projection technology is the largest and most modern of its kind in Portugal. Without a doubt it is also on a par other state-of-the-art simulation solutions provided to well-known European training centres since it implements the most realistic simulation possible,” said Alex van Knotsenborg, global sales director, Wärtsilä Transas.

“This is a state-of-the-art training centre with state-of-the-art simulators, and we thank Wärtsilä for their support throughout this project. The centre will promote both safety and operational efficiency at sea and on inland waterways. By being able to re-create actual operating conditions, the training doesn’t need to be carried out onboard, thus saving fuel and reducing pollution,” stated Comandante Rui Cunha, director of operations and safety at APDL.

During an inauguration ceremony held at the end of July, Portugal’s minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, said: “The simulator management software allows the creation of scenarios for any port and for differing weather and sea conditions. It is especially relevant for preparing pilots and masters, and for studying manoeuvres in adverse conditions, crisis situations, and maritime rescue.”{/mprestriction}

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