UKSA has welcomed the installation of a new, state-of-the-art ARI Navigation Simulator.
The Simulator Suite consists of one big bridge simulator with 180° vision, and four other simulator stations, for use when studying navigation, radar and electronic charting.
At present it is primarily being used by professionals, topping up their qualifications, such as those on Officer of the Watch modules, or on ECDIS courses – for which the suite has been fully approved.
The new system has been a big investment for UKSA but the touchscreen technology and latest software will keep UKSA as industry leaders in maritime training – offering professional courses and qualifications to everyone from top level maritime professionals to entry level students.
Bill Tate (pictured), Head of Maritime Training at UKSA, said: “The installation of such a professional system is of huge benefit to the organisation and has already been of great value. It’s one of the best systems around. It has been purpose-built for our professional training and I am very much enjoying teaching on it.”
Student Billy Whitefield is currently studying towards gaining his Officer of the Watch qualification. He explained: “It simulates different types of vessels that you would never normally get to pilot, so it challenges you in lots of different ways. It has been a massive help to me while I am here, as I am studying all the different MCA Officer modules.”