Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has launched a new Liquid Cargo training facility at its Maritime Training Centre in Cyprus, incorporating new simulator technologies with GTT Training software to help LNG crews to build competency on a range of vessel types.
The new Liquid Cargo Simulator (LCS) has been designed and developed by BSM’s inhouse technical team, and can be used for training on LNG fuelled ships and LNG gas carriers with a combination of cargo containment systems and different propulsion systems (including steam turbine, DFDE, and DF 2-stroke diesel).
The LCS will be used to train seafarers to meet the requirements of the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) Code and SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators), as well as offering a range of in-house courses.
Various options for LNG fuelled ships and LNG fuel supplier configurations are available, as the company looks to expand its LNG market presence to meet increasing demand following the implementation of the IMO sulphur cap in January 2020.
BSM has also rolled out the GTT Training software to its Maritime Training Centres (MTC) in Mumbai, Manila and Poland, so crews in these locations can complete their training in a classroom environment with the simulator displayed on screens.
“We are committed to our seafarer training at all levels. The new Liquid Cargo Simulator will ensure that the technical and operational expertise, the understanding of key processes, and knowledge of management best practice of our seafarers working onboard gas carriers and LNG fuelled ships is both industry leading and comprehensive,” said BSM General Manager HR Marine, Andrew Hall.
“By only satisfying the minimum industry requirements we do not necessarily produce the best LNG crews, so we have added tailored development programmes to our range to ensure that we provide the best possible opportunities, and to ensure we have highly competent seafarers on board our LNG vessels.”