Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new training facility at Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering in Southampton, UK.
The simulator complex will provide decision support, analysis, and training based on live data received from ships and ports. Wärtsilä’s product scope includes state-of-the-art navigational bridges, engine room, liquid cargo handling, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), and crane operation simulators.
The equipment technology is provided by Transas, which was acquired by Wärtsilä in May 2018. The company offers both land- and ship-based simulation systems that utilize ‘digital twins’ of actual vessels covering all onboard systems. Real data from the ship can also be used to replay onboard operations for training purposes.
To date, more than 5,500 simulators have been delivered by Transas to some 1,300 customers in more than 90 countries. The main customer segments include both government and privately owned training centres and academies, shipping and crewing companies, agencies such as port authorities and pilot associations, as well as navies and coastguards.
“The simulation centre will be a central pillar of our maritime education, training and research programme. We are very pleased to be able to call on the global experience and extensive industry know-how of Wärtsilä in making this project a success,” says Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean of Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime, Science and Engineering.
When it’s completed in spring 2019, the centre will be the UK’s largest marine simulation training hub.