Warsash Maritime School takes delivery of donated bridge simulator

Warsash Maritime School, part of Solent University in Southampton in the UK, has taken delivery of a bridge simulator for student training, donated to the school by Inmarsat Maritime.

The simulator, which was previously located at Inmarsat’s former headquarters in London, will allow students to rehearse their responses to distress situations in a realistic but controlled environment. It is capable of displaying Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) operations, of which Inmarsat Maritime is itself a provider.

“As an industry standard GMDSS bridge, Inmarsat Maritime’s incredibly generous donation is a welcome addition to our maritime simulation centre,” said Kunal Anand, Director, Warsash Maritime School.

“Giving students a teaching experience that brings them as close to the real world as possible is our top priority, and thanks to Inmarsat, our offer continues to grow.”

“We will use this bridge as part of our GMDSS course, which will allow students to gain first-hand knowledge of how to interact with GMDSS equipment in the context of a ship’s bridge and build their confidence in effective distress and radio communications at sea. Inmarsat’s donation will hugely benefit our learning community, and we are grateful to them for underpinning our future-ready ethos.”

Following the donation, the Inmarsat Maritime Safety Team is working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to include the simulator in the Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS), which would make it the first UK-based GMDSS simulator registered with the GISIS.

“This donation reflects our commitment to promoting maritime safety at every level – not only through our work with the GMDSS and our safety-focused connectivity services, but also through seafarer education and training,” said John Dodd, Director of Safety Services, Inmarsat Maritime.

“We believe that the simulator will provide students with invaluable knowledge that will ultimately save lives at sea, and we hope that everyone at Warsash Maritime School can benefit from this donation for many years to come.”

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