VMT on IMO’s Recognition of Survival Craft Simulation

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Image courtesy Virtual Marine Technology

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved proposed changes to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW ‘95) Convention at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines. Acceptance of the amended STCW Convention and its associated Codes means simulators have been formally recognized as a suitable tool for survival craft training.

Virtual Marine Technology, manufacturer of SurvivalQuestTM, is the world’s only Det Norske Veritas (DNV) approved survival craft operations simulator.

“This is a major step for survival craft training,” said Capt. Philip McCarter, VMT’s VP of Accreditation and Marine Affairs. “Simulation has long been recognized as a valuable training tool in the maritime domain. The changes to Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW convention recognize the benefits that simulation can offer to survival craft training programs.”

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