Simulator tech to boost navigational training in the Netherlands

Credit: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä’s simulator software will be installed in three maritime training centres across the Netherlands to allow vocational students learning modern navigational skills to spend more time on practical simulator training.

The systems, powered by Wärtsilä Navi-Trainer Professional (NTPRO) 5000 software, have been ordered by the Rotterdam-based international maritime transport and logistics education provider STC Group.

It will be installed at STC Group locations in Rotterdam, Stellendam, and Katwijk.

Once installed and ready for use by the end of August 2019, the simulators will enable the teaching of the latest approaches to navigation to the next generation of seafarers and will equip trainees with the skills needed onboard modern vessels. In addition to the software, Wärtsilä will also provide project management and training.

Wärtsilä’s unique and tailored approach to the set task, together with its highly customisable software solutions were cited as being key considerations in the contract award. An extensive maintenance agreement to ensure optimal performance of the system will also be entered into by Wärtsilä and STG Group.

“Safety at sea requires that crews be fully and properly trained. Our simulator software is designed to ensure that trainees can attain hands-on, realistic experience with the latest navigational systems. In collaboration with our friends and partners at training institutions across the globe, we have developed a comprehensive, flexible, and customisable product maintenance and development programme,” said Alex Ponomarev, sales expert for Wärtsilä voyage simulation and training.

“The three new simulator classrooms to be installed at STC Group locations in Rotterdam, Stellendam, and Katwijk will allow our vocational students to spend even more time on practical simulator training. It will also ensure that maritime education at all STC Group locations in the Netherlands is identical and future-proof, while being made possible by our ERDF [European Regional Development Fund] – financed project ‘Standing Strong for Rotterdam-South’”, said Joep Bonten, senior project manager simulators at STC Group.