Maritime Pilots Simulate To Train Docking World’s Largest Vessels

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Simulation training is an obvious requirement for high stakes situations in other industries — take maritime piloting for example. Did you know that supertankers and cruise ships have valets. They’re called maritime pilots, and they’re among the most elite ship handlers in the world. So where does one go to learn how to park the largest ships in the world? To the Maritime Pilots Institute in Covington, LA. There, they use mini-versions of the behemoth boats to teach the basics. All aboard! Maritime Pilots Institute is a membership-based organization providing world-class training, education, and services to the professional maritime pilotage community. Our seasoned instructors and researchers are committed to improving navigation, safety, and environmental impact throughout our industry.

They use both high-fidelity ship simulators in a technology center AND small scale boats in their specialized simulated training harbor to provide high-end learning to martime pilots from all over the world.


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MPI’s ship simulator is a wrap-around, high vertical field of view, full mission ship simulator provided by Kongsberg, the world leader in marine ship simulation. This advanced system utilizes the finest real-time hydrodynamic vessel modeling for the utmost in realism and vessel behavior. The geographic areas in the MPI Kongsberg ship simulator are technically accurate representations of their real-world counterparts. These custom geographic databases provide an immersive and compelling training experience, and an accurate platform for technical research. The system is equipped with the latest in network technology allowing for lightening fast simulation load times while rendering smooth visualization of the nautical scene.

The console hardware is from Norwegian maritime controls manufacturer Lilaas, providing real hands-on control for all type of vessels including tankers, containerships, cruise vessels, supply vessels, tow vessels and azimuth stern drive (ASD) Tugs. The system is equipped with render/recover winch controls, RADAR/ARPA/ECDIS/AIS, pilot plug and monitoring equipment for ship’s sensors. The system is plug-and-play ready for Pilot laptop navigation systems (PPU) with full control to alter the quality of DGPS signals input to the PPU for interesting fault training for Pilots. The MPI Kongsberg ship simulator is best in class technology ready for your Pilot training and technical research.

Why do you think such simulated training common place in the naval industry but still “early-adopter” only in the healthcare industry? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

Check out more about the various MTI simulators on their website!


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Saab Simulation & Training Centre Preps Soldiers for Future Wars

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News.com.Au brings us inside the Swedish simulation training center to share about the technology, the training benefits and cost-savings of modern day military and police lessons from Saab. Saab, I just realized, does a lot more than build cars by providing medical, air, land, naval and civil security simulation training to programs around the world.

Article Covers Military Simulation Technology & Benefits:

During a media tour of the firm’s facilities across Sweden in early April, News Corp Australia witnessed first-hand the incredible advances in simulation technology from digital weapons ranges to an entire village fully instrumented to simulate any number of scenarios from hostage rescue to a full-blown live fire assault.

Today’s advanced simulation and live instrumentation systems can be transported in trailers to units at their home locations with a minimum of fuss and at a greatly reduced cost. With shrinking budgets across all areas of government, including the military, the sheer cost of moving hundreds of soldiers and equipment long distances to conduct live training has become so prohibitive that portable and fixed simulation will take over many traditional training roles.

Just one example of the huge potential for savings that simulation brings is the training of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers or JTAC’s. These highly trained soldiers are the eyes and ears on the ground to call in close-air support for infantry troops in the form of fast jets or attack helicopters. The cost of training just one JTAC is estimated at $19 million when you tally up aircraft and ammunition costs. Modern simulation technology means you can take a JTAC to the same skill level for a fraction of that cost.

Saab employs about 700 people in its training systems and simulation division including about 350 engineers and according to company spokesman Anders Jonzon the philosophy of simulation is simple — to allow soldiers or police to train as they will fight. “We are turning training into confidence,’’ he said, “If we can save a life that is what we intend to do.’’

Politicians who send troops to war don’t want too many coming home in body bags so saving lives is a vital element of modern training for war. According to Saab it can prove how simulated training systems have saved lives.

SAAB “Medical Treatment Simulator” 

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Check out the MTS from Saab

A combat medic must be trained to determine who is most seriously injured. The Medical Treatment Simulator provides support for treatment prioritisation and improves the basic wound simulation capabilities in Saab’s Personnel Detection Devices. The simulator software is used in a handheld computer in the field for simulated examination and treatment of soldiers.

Read the full press article on News.com.au and visit the Saab Simulation and Training Centre here.