Groundbreaking simulator package for the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
A cutting-edge 360° Polaris ship's bridge simulator built on a full motion
platform leads an extensive simulator delivery for the brand new campus of the Maritime
Academy of Asia and the Pacific - MAAP at Kamaya Point, Mariveles, Bataan Philippines.
This unique ship handling simulator configuration was developed by the world's leading
martime simulation supplier, Kongsberg Maritime, and is the heart of a milestone
delivery for the new MAAP facility that also includes part task and desktop simulators
and integration with a Neptune engine room simulator.
The 360° full motion Polaris ship's bridge simulator is one of the most sophisticated of its kind in the world and at 50m2 it features one of, if not the largest simulated ship's bridge in the world.
The full package for the new campus, which was delivered and installed prior
to the official inauguration on 7th April 2009 consists: One full mission,
class A Polaris ship's bridge simulator with 360° visual screen on a pneumatic electric
motion platform, three part task, class B Polaris ship's bridge simulators with
120° visual screens, ten Polaris desktop simulators and three instructor systems
as well as four Dynamic Positioning desktop simulators. Additionally, a sophisticated
full mission Neptune engine room simulator with mimic panels and customised consoles
has been integrated with the ship handling simulators. This enables full vessel
simulation, where activity in the engine room affects the bridge via the Polaris
simulators and the motion platform.
"This is a groundbreaking delivery, not only for the amount of simulators delivered,
but also for the amount of technically advanced solutions, such as the motion platform
and integration between the ship's bridge and engine room simulator," comments Mark
Stuart Treen, Sales & Marketing Manager for simulation, Kongsberg Maritime. "The
360° full motion Polaris ship's bridge simulator is one of the most sophisticated
of its kind in the world and at 50m2 it features one of, if not the largest
simulated ship's bridge in the world."
The Polaris ship's bridge simulator with 360° visual screen on a pneumatic electric motion platform.
To train competent Marine Officers & Engineers
Prior to the inauguration of the new campus, MAAP already housed a range of KONGSBERG
ship's bridge and engine room simulators. The two organisations have enjoyed a close
relationship for many years that has grown stronger with this latest successful
delivery, which is one of the largest marine simulation packages ever installed.
According to MAAP, the new training facility is specially designed to ensure the
steady supply of competent Marine Officers and Maritime Engineers to exclusively
man the expanding Japanese Merchant Marine fleet. The new campus will be in full
operation by June 2009.
"The delivery and installation of the new simulators was one of the biggest and
most complex projects I have ever handled as a Project Manager. But no matter how
demanding the task was, KONGSBERG remained focused on the quality of service that
they had all provided since the beginning," says Engr. Gerardo Ramon Galang, manager
of the Management Information and Instructional Technology Department (MIITD) of
MAAP. "The latest simulators at the new campus, especially the unique new 360° Polaris
ship's bridge simulator, allow us to provide more realistic, even higher quality
Not just a simulator supplier
"We consider Kongsberg as one of our partners in the development of our Maritime
Education and Training process, not just a simulator supplier. The fact that they
have been there for us since the birth of our institution back in 1999, providing
tailor-made solutions right for our needs is very important to us," concludes Galang.
The Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific - MAAP was established on January
14, 1998 and today covers an 82 hectare site. The new campus consists of a fully
equipped, self-sustained academic building in addition to a mess hall and a dormitory
that can accommodate 1,000 midshipmen or cadets. The academic building houses in
addition to the range of KONGSBERG simulators, 50 air-conditioned classrooms, an
audio-visual room, library and study room, language laboratory, machine room with
25 lathe machines, drill presses, grinders, a welding ship, gas and plasma welding
The new MAAP campus consists of a fully equipped, self-sustained academic building in addition to a mess hall and a dormitory that can accommodate 1,000 midshipmen or cadets.