Ship ahoy as engine room simulator opens in Warsash

NEW MP Mark Hoban and David Gatfield, head of maritime training at Warsash Maritime Academy
NEW MP Mark Hoban and David Gatfield, head of maritime training at Warsash Maritime Academy
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A STATE-OF-THE-ART engine room simulator has been unveiled.

The kit – the first of its kind in the world – is the final stage of a three-year, £5m investment by Solent University in ship simulation at Warsash Maritime Academy.

It was officially opened by Milhar Fuazudeen, head of maritime training at the International Maritime Organisation.

Mr Fuazudeen said: ‘This new simulator is a multi-functional training tool that covers a wider spectrum of training than ever before.

‘It will, no doubt, further enhance the position of Warsash Maritime Academy as an outstanding centre of excellence in providing education and training for seafarers from around the world.’

Warsash Maritime Academy is part of Southampton Solent University and provides training, consultancy and research to the international shipping industry.

The new facility will improve the safety, emergency and crisis management skills of ships’ engineering officers.

The simulator tests the operator on all situations that could occur in the engine room such as decision making and team working.

It even mimics sounds and temperatures to create a realistic environment.

Andrew Hair, director of Warsash Maritime Academy, said: ‘The official launch was a great success and very well received by the industry guests in attendance.

‘This will keep the academy at the very forefront of international maritime education and training.’

Fareham MP Mark Hoban and Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey, chief executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, were at the opening.

Mr Hoban said: ‘It is a very impressive piece of kit.

‘There is no other like it, so it is world leading and gives the university the edge in marine engineering.’