Wärtsilä Voyage and Ocean Technologies Group (OTG) have announced a new partnership to share their expertise in maritime digital training and simulation, starting with an agreement to make Wärtsilä’s Cloud Simulation services and training catalogue available through OTG’s recently announced Ocean Learning Platform.
Working together, the companies aim to provide industry stakeholders in maritime learning – such as shipping companies, maritime training providers, manning agencies and seafarers – with a single end-to-end learning offering, combining on-demand digital training and assessment, virtual and simulation events via cloud technologies, and in-person learning experiences at maritime training centres or aboard ship.
“Effective use of Smart Marine technology by mariners and shore staff is a critical component of its successful implementation and ensures a smooth transition from traditional methods of operation,” said Sean Fernback, President, Wärtsilä Voyage.
“By leveraging our combined smart learning technologies and mariner performance optimisation services, industry can achieve the desired outcome of operating with more efficient, safer, and environmentally aware mariners who are properly equipped to perform in a rapidly changing, digitised maritime industry.”
The combined customer pool of the two companies includes some three thousand shipping companies and training centres, plus well over a million seafarers, who will now be able to access Wärtsilä training, assessment and certification on an ‘on-demand’ basis from anywhere, as well as learning, competence management and instructional tools provided by the Ocean Learning Platform, including OTG’s virtual classroom and e-learning services.
“Our objective is to equip seafarers and users with the most relevant knowledge and resources, not only in a training centre, but also online and at point of operation on board ships and other sites,” said Manish Singh, Ocean Technology Group’s CEO.
“Our partnership with Wärtsilä makes ‘on-demand’ access to cloud simulation and type-specific training and technical resources available to seafarers and shore-based personnel, helping them gain proficiency in safely and efficiently operating sophisticated Wärtsilä equipment.”