Wallem Group has selected cloud-based simulation while Kongsberg Digital has introduced radar training using its e-learning platform
ARI Simulation will provide training for more than 7,000 seafarers under its contract with Wallem. Cloud infrastructure will provide a single simulation environment with access to a wide range of training modules, including navigational, machinery operations and liquid cargo handling.
Wallem has turned to online resources as shipping companies reassess training requirements and enhance the skills of seagoing personnel while tackling Covid-induced travel restrictions. ARI’s simulation will ensure training, assessment and certification will continue without disruption during and after the pandemic.
Wallem Group chief executive Frank Coles said ARI was selected for its future-proof technology and analytics, including “the possibility to evaluate individual competence in both technical and behavioural criteria”.
“A safe navigational mentality and awareness start from having the complete picture in training,” said Mr Coles. “Technology will play an ever more prominent role in helping maintain and continually develop the competency of ships’ crews,” he added.
So far, most cloud-based training simulators have focused on engineroom, fuel handling and cargo control. But this is changing.
Kongsberg Digital introduced its first K-Sim Navigation cloud-based simulation service at the end of November.
It developed a service for maritime radar training, enabling instructors to manage and control exercises with realistic radar simulations to students. Radar training covers a new line of navigation instruments based on IMO performance standards.
Training is compliant with IMO model courses 1.07 and 1.08 and covers radar navigation and plotting; using radar in search and rescue; and using automatic radar plotting aids.
Kongsberg said this radar simulation application is the first in a line of training to be released on K-Sim Connect, as part of its K-Sim Navigation portfolio.
It expects to offer ECDIS training and then a complete cloud-based K-Sim Navigation simulation on its cloud infrastructure in the coming months.
“The next-generation digital training tools are flexible, adaptable to changing training needs and specifically designed to enhance knowledge, safety and sustainability in the evolving maritime industry,” said Kongsberg Digital executive vice president Andreas Jagtøyen.
Kongsberg already provides cloud-based simulation training for its K-Sim Cargo and K-Sim Engine programs.
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