Massachusetts Maritime Academy latest to add cloud-based simulator training

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) in the US is set to implement two cloud-based simulation systems from Wärtsilä Voyage under a new one-year agreement between the organisations.

The deal includes Navi-Trainer Professional Marine Navigation Cloud Simulation software, two classrooms and TADS navigational charts. The new technology will allow cadets at the Academy to continue receiving navigational training, despite pandemic restrictions.

The agreement was signed in September 2020 and is the first application of Wärtsilä’s cloud simulation system in the United States.

Adding this digital training option will allow MMA to maintain its total class volume but offer the same instruction either in the physical classroom or online, by shifting to a blended method of delivery as needed.

The online simulator utilises the same content as deployed in the on-campus classroom, employing Wärtsilä’s cloud infrastructure to provide access at other locations.

“Wärtsilä’s cloud simulation solution solves our immediate needs to offer expanded online content due to Covid-19. It also gives us a long-term platform for simulation in blended learning that will allow MMA to continue leading the industry with innovative technologies for our students,” said John Belle, Associate Professor at the Academy.

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