Friday, 26 February 2010
Modern marine simulators allow training in standard procedures and emergencies as well as developing professional skills and consolidating previous theoretical knowledge.

The Kiribati Marine Training Centre (MTC), under a project with AusAID, has purchased three Transas navigational (bridge) simulators which include the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), an additional three steering simulators and in total, five trainee stations for engine room simulation. Thanks to AusAID and the Australian Government, MTC is now able to offer very realistic training to seafarers to prepare them well for a sea-going career.

The Transas Group is a world leading manufacturer of systems for the professional training and certification of seafarers. The broad scope of simulators enables training in different maritime specialities. Current simulators cover practically every aspect of modern ship operation including bridge operations, communications/GMDSS, vessel tracking systems, engine room, liquid cargo handling and crisis management.

The navigation simulator enables training and certification of watch officers, chief officers, captains and pilots serving on commercial vessels and fishing boats of 500 gross tonnes or more. The engine room simulator is used for the training and assessment of engine room personnel including officers in charge of an engine room watch, second and chief engineers. The high level of physical and behavioural realism of the engine simulator at MTC creates a professional environment for marine engineering familiarisation and standard as well as advanced engine operation and troubleshooting.

The wide application capabilities make these simulators the right solution for MTC to offer seafarer training and examining competenciesfor general engine operators or deck officers as well as for search and rescue operations, vessel tracking systems and restricted operators. All the simulators at MTC comply with requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The GMDSS simulator covers the essential areas of maritime training in full compliance with the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and its Code as well as the IMO Model Course 1.25.

Upgrading of the MTC training resources included a new fully enclosed lifeboat [International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) approved] and a marine crane, similar to that used on container ships for handling stores and provisions.
Kiribati Marine Training Centre (MTC) students undergoing GMDSS simulator training

From 2010, MTC will be able to offer training on all types of lifeboats used on modern ships to trainees and seafarers who attend upgrade courses inclusive of proper maintenance and usage of cranes. This will make MTC the first maritime training institute in the Pacific Islands region that can offer such training.

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