Opening ceremony for Kongsberg Maritime supplied simulator attracts top
crewing and management companies.
From left: Deputy Rector of the Academy Professor Nikolay Alekseyev and Mr Lawrie G. Campbell.
Makarov State Maritime Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia officially opened its
new Kongsberg Maritime supplied Neptune LNG Simulator on 13th March 2008.
The Simulator is reported to be the first and only one of its kind in the Russian
Federation, and has attracted the attention of many international crewing and ship
management companies, several of whom attended the opening.
Spherical and Membrane LNG tankers
The new Neptune LNG Simulator provides training facilities for cargo mates and
marine engineers on both Spherical and Membrane LNG tankers and has been developed
to provide focused training benefits for students and seafarers at all levels of
experience. "The Simulator is going to be used for training of personnel for LNG
tankers, both cadets' education and seafarers re-training," stated the Deputy Rector
of the Academy, Professor Nikolay Alekseyev during the opening ceremony.
Makarov Academy's LNG Training Program Instructor Capt. Victor Shlyakhtinyuk
said that he is very impressed by the simulator training abilities, which include
routine cargo operations as well as auxiliary systems and emergency operations.
Individual training, group training and team training can be conducted both under
instructor supervision, and without.
Automatic performance assessment
The advanced Neptune instructor software utilises a user friendly interface to
ensure that the instructor has full control of the exercises and the information
that is presented to trainees. It provides pre-programmed training scenarios, E-coach
automatic messaging for trainees and automatic performance assessment. Additionally,
all training sessions are recorded and can be replayed for debriefing afterwards.
"It is critical that LNG shipping companies employ crew and engineers with the
right training to ensure the safe handling of a very dangerous cargo and with the
LNG transport market continuing to expand in Russia the first LNG simulator has
definitely come at the right time. It was great to see so many international shipping
companies attending the opening and we are confident that our solution will help
the Makarov Academy to serve the Russian shipping community even better," comments
Dr. Andrey Kozhevnikov, Product Consultant for Kongsberg Maritime in Russia.