The State of Alaska Dept
. of Commerce and Economic Development awarded RTM Star Center
a four-year contract for a simulator based marine pilot performance evaluation system.
The Star Center program will be simulator-based and include training in shiphandling skills, the American Pilot's Association-approved Bridge Resource Management and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids. Alaska state-licensed pilots will train at the Ft. Lauderdale facility on its full mission
360 degree bridge simulator
. They will develop increased competence in the skills necessary to recognize and break potential error chains that can lead to groundings, collisions and environmental damage.
All pilots will become familiar with the Star Center simulator
through participation in practice simulations. Following practice runs, a pilot would enter the simulator to be evaluated while conning a vessel through a transit to a port in the region in which he or she is licensed.