Bridge simulator at South Tyneside College.
Engine room simulator at South Tyneside College.
Kongsberg Maritime is now developing new software, in conjunction with South
Tynside College, which will allow a live connection between the engine room and
the bridge in a simulated cruise vessel.
Integrated ship simulation
This will enable engineers and bridge staff from cruise ships to be trained together
in live realistic exercises so that they can experience the implications of their
actions in a safe environment.
The maritime and port industries already benefit from integrated ship simulation
training for a range of crew resource management courses.
As well as offering tangible financial benefits from insurance savings, the integrated
courses can vastly improve communication and understanding between the bridge and
engine room and allow ship personnel to operate more effectively as one team.
Chris Thompson, Head of Marine Simulation at South Tyneside College, said: "This
new software will revolutionise operational training for the cruise industry. Although
training programmes already exist for bridge and engine room cruise vessels separately,
there really is no substitute for training exercises which simulate a real-life
situation in real-time with the entire ship's staff working together."
Learn to function more effectively
"This training will ensure that engine room and bridge personnel from cruise
vessels learn to function more effectively as a cohesive team and gain a much greater
understanding of the challenges and demands facing each other's working areas."
"Hopefully this will have a tangible financial impact for the sector, as well
as reducing the number of accidents and incidents at sea."
South Tyneside College
South Tyneside College is one of only a handful of training organisations across
the world to offer a live link-up between the bridge and the engine room. The integrated
ship simulation training should be available for the cruise industry from May 2008.