The concept of the Maritime Satellite Communication Centre, or SatCom@SMA, has been developed in collaboration with SingTel and Globe Wireless at a cost of approximately S$500,000, and intends to use the latest in maritime technology to enhance the training of seafarers at the Academy.
Housed within the SMA Integrated Simulation Centre, SatCom@SMA will enable the simulation of satellite communications between vessels and shipping company offices, as well as the live testing of e-learning software developed by the Academy.
Speaking at the SMA 50th anniversary dinner, Mr Lim commented: "It is crucial that SMA continues to keep pace with changes in the industry, so that it continues to prepare its students to meet practical industry needs."
"Technology has become an important competitive advantage that must be harnessed. Modern-day ships are technologically advanced and sophisticated. Hence the people who man these ships must be familiar and comfortable with technology."
"With SatCom@SMA, SMA graduates will develop greater expertise with maritime satellite communications and join the industry even better equipped. Initiatives like this will keep SMA at the forefront of maritime training."
Courses in satellite communications at the centre are expected to begin from the next academic year.