Two new computer-based training resources are being developed to improve maritime and port operations safety
AqualisBraemar LOC Group has introduced a digital service to enhance the safety of marine operations within ports and harbours with the development of a digital training library for port-based ship pilots.
This library will be used to enhance pilot knowledge by training the next generation of pilots using scenario-based experiences. Its creators also think it will reduce risks with 360° aerial views for pilot operations using drone technology, improve knowledge of restricted manoeuvring areas by providing better situational awareness, and demonstrate safe port operations and management practices.
LOC said the computer-based training was “developed in response to an increase in the risk profile of marine operations in ports”. This comes from larger ships being manoeuvred in harbours and port basins and as logistical schedules become tighter.
LOC Australia ports and shipyards consultant Clive Sheard said the training library was required as the industry recognises the increased risk profile of marine operations in ports. “Our experience positions us to provide independent analysis and design for the capture of video libraries tailored to given ports, and unique port risk profiles; and create platforms which can be endorsed within port safety management systems,” he said.
“In Australia, drone services and digital recording of drone deployments are already being rolled out across several port operators and pilotage services and, as such, the value of having a ‘drone’ perspective is already recognised.”
In Canada, Virtual Marine Technology Inc has introduced a new training division to provide customised curriculum and resources for remote learning, providing simulation training, bespoke courses and modules over the Quest technology platform.
The Newfoundland-based training division will be led by Captain Anthony Patterson as managing director, who will be stepping down from president and chief executive of Virtual Marine Technology group to take up the position.
Randy Billard, one of the original founders of Virtual Marine, will be promoted from chief technology officer to become president and chief executive.
“Our end-to-end simulation training solutions have continued to grow in popularity across all our market segments, even before the onset of the global pandemic in 2020,” said Capt Patterson.
“To meet the increasing demand for a bespoke training curriculum across a range of market applications, it is necessary for us to focus our energies in two directions, one for the technology division, the other for training.”
Mr Billard said Virtual Marine would adapt its Quest technology platform across the full gamut of training delivery mechanisms. “Our strong research and development focus has been instrumental in defining our empirical approach to building realistic maritime simulations,” he said.
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