Portugal’s Largest Maritime Training Facility To Utilize Wärtsilä Simulators
Advanced technology stimulators that provide realistic training has been provided by the technology group Wärtsilä at a new facility in Portugal. The training centre is developed and is run by the Port Authority for the ports of Douro, Leixōes and Vano do Castelo (APDL). The order for which was placed in October 2018 was inaugurated at the end of July this year at a ceremony that was headed by Portugal’s Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino.
This centre is the country’s biggest and the most advanced maritime training facility which includes a Wärtsilä Full Mission Bridge (FMB) simulator with 360-degree projection, two tug simulators with 360 degrees LCD and one VTS simulators. These allow full training, complex exercises and certification for pilots, tug masters, merchant navy offices and seafaring vessel crews. Transas, a Wärtsilä company, developed the stimulation technology
“Our ability to customise the configuration of the simulators to meet the precise requirements of APDL was a key contributor to the winning of this prestigious contract. The Full Mission Bridge simulator with 360-degree projection technology is the largest and most modern of its kind in Portugal. Without a doubt it is also on a par other state-of-the-art simulation solutions provided to well-known European training centres since it implements the most realistic simulation possible,” says Alex van Knotsenborg, Global Sales Director, Wärtsilä Transas.
“This is a state-of-the-art training centre with state-of-the-art simulators, and we thank Wärtsilä for their support throughout this project. The centre will promote both safety and operational efficiency at sea and on inland waterways. By being able to re-create actual operating conditions, the training doesn’t need to be carried out onboard, thus saving fuel and reducing pollution. The River Douro inland waterway has its five locks and corresponding approaches recreated in this simulator, as well as all the scenarios of Porto de Leixões and Viana, do Castelo. This allows for intense and continuous training of ships’ crews, and for maintaining the skills of APDL pilots and parties,” says Comandante Rui Cunha, Director of Operations and Safety at APDL.
Minister Vitorino said: “The simulator management software allows the creation of scenarios for any port and for differing weather and sea conditions. It is especially relevant for preparing pilots and masters, and for studying manoeuvres in adverse conditions, crisis situations, and maritime rescue.”
The development of several 3D zones and a tug boat model is also included in the Wärtsilä’s scope. A VTS system was also provided to APDL by Wärtsilä.
PR Reference: Wärtsilä