UTT to Get Kongsberg Simulators

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The University of Trinidad and Tobago(UTT) has issued a contract to Kongsberg Maritime for the delivery of a Full Mission Ship Handling Simulator and a Full Mission Engine Room Simulator configured to DNV Class A standards. In addition to the Full Mission Ship Handling Simulator, the delivery will include three secondary interactive tug bridges for certification of Mariners in accordance with competency requirements established by the International Maritime Organization(IMO). These bridges will utilize the latest ARPA Radars, IMO Type Approved Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS), and Automated Identification System (AIS) training.

Other features include a comprehensive library of ports of Trinidad and Tobago and a suite of other international ports, as well as a wide array of ship models ranging from fishing boats to cruise ships. A full mission NEPTUNE engine room simulator with engine room models that include high speed craft diesel/electric, and conventional diesel propulsion systems will also be included in the delivery.

A laboratory of student stations will enable advanced self study with both simulators at the University's Maritime Training Centre, which delivers the knowledge required to obtain the Certificate of Competency as Officer of the Watch, required by the STCW Convention, which permits them to work on merchant vessels anywhere in the world.

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