Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) is set to launch a range of new cloud-based simulator training programmes at its global Maritime Training Centres, following a new partnership with Wärtsilä Voyage.
The agreement with Wärtsilä’s distributor in Manila, AWA Marine, will enable the cloud systems to be used for navigation, engineering, and liquid cargo handling simulator-based training at CMS facilities in Russia, Latvia, Ukraine, Georgia, Korea, Croatia and the Philippines.
“While officers and crew have been kept away from classrooms and simulators for several months because of the pandemic, Columbia has worked hard creating innovative solutions to ensure continuation of their professional development as well as their readiness to operate safely and effectively onboard,” said Capt Faouzi Fradi, Group Director Training at CSM.
“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Wärtsilä Voyage and we believe this solution will satisfy the training needs of our officers and meet the requirements of our clients. We will certainly continue our cooperation with AWA Marine and Wärtsilä in the Philippines and will install similar hardware simulators in our training centre when the restrictions will be lifted.”
“Cloud-based solutions will continue to be the best choice in the future to train those seafarers located far from our training facilities, or those who are unable to travel during their vacations. Maintaining their training needs while supporting their well-being is our continuous goal.”