A new ship and port simulation centre is to open its doors to Solent University students in June this year. ANDREW LININGTON catches up with the project's progress...
Solent University in Southampton is planning to take seafarer training into the future by opening what is claimed to be the UK's largest and most sophisticated maritime simulation centre in a few months' time.
The cutting-edge ship and port simulation centre at the East Park Terrace campus will include six full-mission navigation bridge simulators and a full-mission engineroom simulator, as well as HV training.
Forming part of the university's overall investment of more than £40m into maritime education and training, the new centre is due to open its doors for business in June.
The facility will also include liquid cargo simulators, on and off-shore crane simulators, GMDSS radio communications and VTS suites, DP simulators, and four multi-purpose desktop simulation classrooms, along with two ECDIS suites and four debriefing rooms/classrooms.
'This new centre has also been designed with the future in mind,' said Lars Lippuner, head of commercial operations at the University's Warsash School of Maritime Science & Engineering.
Everything will be networked for joint exercises between bridge and engine departments, or ship and shore. The simulation centre will also feature hundreds of ship models, which will be used by cadets and maritime professionals alike.
In a fast evolving world it is crucial that students receive the best educational foundation in their initial studies, and are able to expand on it through continuous learning through the professional careers. The new simulation centre will do exactly that