With a range of dignitaries in attendance, Simwave will officially open its 5,000-square-meter maritime training center in Barendrecht on April 19. The three hundred guests will take a look behind the scenes at the new location, which houses more than 50 simulators.
The center has already been in use for some time now. The 'site acceptance test' was successfully completed on January 29th, in collaboration with the supplier of the simulators, the Norwegian company Kongsberg Digital
. Since then, the entire 'maritime center of excellence' has been operational and there are plenty of training courses being organized for and with customers such as Genting Hong Kong, Crystal River Cruises and Viking Cruises
The Simwave concept works with 'simulator as a service'. 'Everyone can turn to us', says Joost van Ree, the commercial director and co-founder of Simwave. 'From the largest shipping company in the world to the family business in inland shipping. So you don't have to invest in a simulator yourself: you work with state-of-the-art technology and you always get solutions tailored to your specific requirements.'
The courses can be run on one of the 59 simulators but a special feature is that they can also be linked to provide multi-vessel simulations. The showpieces are the 'full mission' simulators on which the entire bridge of a ship has been replicated almost at full scale, with 360-degree projection as support. The machine room with seven simulators, which occupies two floors of the building, is also impressive, as the guests will see live on April 19.