Modal sets new standards for marine simulator training

A new £7 million marine training facility, equipped with state-of-the-art marine simulators, has opened at Immingham, on the south bank of the Humber.

Training provider Modal Training’s new facility includes a wide range of integrated Kongsberg ship, offshore vessel, engine and control room, HV, DP, radar and VTS simulators. The high-tech equipment features Kongsberg’s K-Sim full picture technology, which allows training to be provided on all vessel types from offshore vessels, tugs and tankers, to deep sea vessels and cruise liners.

At the heart of the new facility is a Class A full bridge K-Sim offshore vessel simulator, with a fore and aft bridge, DP2 dynamic positioning with K-Pos interface, and anchor handling. It is one of only three in the world to be configured in this way for offshore training. Others are located in Norway and Singapore.

In addition to meeting the training needs of individuals and businesses in the Humber estuary, it is expected that the new facilities will attract learners from throughout the UK and around the world.

Modal Training’s Sam Whitaker said: “As well as being Europe’s fourth largest trading estuary and the UK’s largest and busiest multi-purpose ports complex, the Humber is home to the UK’s rapidly developing wind energy sector.

“Our aim therefore is to meet the training needs of the many global businesses which are establishing themselves around the Humber, as well as providing a new and valuable opportunity for individuals and existing businesses to train locally.

“We are also keen to play our part in addressing the anticipated shortfall in qualified British seafarers which is expected to grow to more than 4000 in the next seven years – as recently predicted by the UK Seafarer Projections Report.”

This equipment will allow Modal Training to offer training for a wide range of maritime roles, including deck and engineering officers and crew, marine pilots and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operators.

In addition to providing the opportunity to acquire basic skills and learn standard operating procedures, simulator training can accelerate learning because key environmental factors can be changed, quite literally, at the flick of a switch.

Wind direction, sea state, weather conditions and light levels can all be adjusted to make the exercise more challenging. Obstacles and difficulties can be introduced to test individual responses and team work. Dangerous scenarios can be created for emergency response training.

In a real life setting, it could take a lifetime to experience and, therefore learn how to deal with such a wide range of circumstances. Each part of the simulator system can be operated independently, or be interconnected to provide full vessel operation exercises for an entire crew. 

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