Advances in simulator training have re-defined “virtual reality”, introducing training tools that are more identical to actual vessel operation than ever before. To get the most out of such valuable industry offerings, however, it is essential that a company invest in the latest technology.
Transas Marine is a developer and supplier of software and hardware for the marine industry. The company places priority on remaining current with international maritime requirements, which has driven them to push the limits on innovation in the creation of new software. Transas works closely with marine schools around the world to make sure that seafarers are receiving effective training and competent assessment. In fact, over 5,000 Transas systems are currently operating in 940 training centers in 91 countries, and the company holds more than 45 percent of the international maritime simulation market.
Says Andrey Sitkov, Director of Transas’ Simulation Business Division, “Cloud simulation is one of the latest trends in the training industry. The idea was first presented during the Transas Simulation User Conference held in summer 2013 . . . The participants were very enthusiastic about the cloud application for the simulators. One of the subjects discussed was the ability to increase flexibility of simulator configuration and licensing. The balance of cost-saving and quality of training has always been a hot topic in the industry.”
Sitkov went on to say that “[t]echnology is allowing the maritime industry to introduce a proper balance in its approach to training the mariner. Ship operators at one time had to rely too much on shipboard experience, and learning on the job. A proper blend of classroom/simulation training and shipboard experience is now possible. This saves lives, machinery, and the environment, all big time assets.”
Transas is focusing most of its energy and investment on realism in maritime simulators, with an overall approach that strives to bring as much reality to the simulation process as is technologically possible. The more realistic the simulation; the more prepared the seafarer is for real-life situations.