IMO Secretary General Mr. Koji Sekimizu inaugurated the new Transas technological simulation complex installed at the Makarov Training Centre, part of the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, this July.
The Admiral Makarov State University is Russia’s leading high school for education of maritime and inland professionals. With the new simulation complex from Transas their training portfolio will be expanded to offer individual and crew training for tanker personnel, both cadets and seafarers, in compliance with the requirements of STCW convention chapter V and IMO model courses.
Transas liquid cargo handling simulator LCHS 5000 TechSim is intended to train and certify crew members of crude oil tankers, gas and product carriers and terminals, as well as other staff responsible for the safe cargo handling and the operation of auxiliary equipment. The new simulator imitates the cargo handling operator station and provides for all vessel cargo systems study. Transas LCHS 5000 TechSim is an advanced system replicating real vessel and terminal systems and its compartments. With this solution trainees will gain the necessary hands-on experience of working with the cargo systems to guarantee uninterrupted operations, critical for handling dangerous cargo.
The simulator-based courses include tanker systems familiarisation, general arrangement of the tanker and its systems; maintenance of the tanker systems on management level; monitoring systems parameters; control of the monitoring, alarm and recording systems. The simulator allows for training in cargo handling operations in standard and emergency situations; study of vessel and terminal interaction procedures and major maintenance and safety principles.
Improving access to and the quality of education and training is squarely on the agenda for the entire maritime industry in 2015. The issue will come to the fore during the NEVA 2015 Programme on the 24 September, to coincide with the IMO’s World Maritime Day. The theme for the IMO World Maritime Day 2015 is Education and training, with outgoing IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu having pinpointed these areas as critical to the long-term sustainability of the sector, saying:
“Effective standards of training remain the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources”.