Xamk to install new simulators at Finnish campus

A new maritime training centre in Finland is set to implement a range of simulator technology systems, following the agreement of a deal with Wärtsilä.

The order was placed by the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) and the Joint Authority of Education of Kotka-Hamina Region (Ekami). The simulator will be installed in Xamk’s new campus in Kotka, where a portion of Ekami´s maritime training will be conducted in the future.

The new simulator will feature the latest versions of Wärtsilä’s Navi-Trainer professional and Techsim simulation software, as well as the latest Navi Sailor and NACOS Platinum bridge systems. These include multi-pilot workstations for ECDIS, radar and conning applications.

The training centre will have two large and three medium sized full mission navigational bridges with 360-degree visualisation, including digital chart tables as well as a separate bridge wing console operated in virtual reality. For technical training, the centre will have two engine room simulators implemented with two control rooms.

In addition to the various system features, there will be several instructor and debriefing rooms capable of working with any part of the simulator, and a dedicated command centre for vessel traffic service, oil spill response, search and rescue, terminal cargo office, and other training applications.

“This new learning environment provides students with a unique opportunity to develop their practical skills and prepare for demanding maritime tasks,” said Olli-Pekka Brunila, Director of Education, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences.

“We are fortunate to have Wärtsilä’s highly advanced simulator technology as the basis for this training. Many critical operations cannot be safely practiced on an actual vessel, so in addition to acquiring technical skills, a versatile and realistically functioning simulation environment will significantly enhance the safety of vessels.”

The equipment is scheduled for delivery in August 2024.

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