The new simulators will include a NAUTIS 360° full mission bridge (FMB) simulator and a NAUTIS 120° bridge simulator, as well as a simulator classroom with six desktop stations.
Each bridge simulator and desktop station can be employed in common or special training areas including ship-handling, collision avoidance, ECDIS, Radar/ARPA, AIS and other navigational aids.
The FMB simulator can also be turned into an azimuth tug simulator with the ship controls able to be exchanged, allowing the University to conduct training on a variety of ships and propulsion types.
For the University’s engineering department, VSTEP will also deliver five desktop Engine Room simulators for engine room operation and procedure training.
"We did a thorough investigation of the state-of-the-art maritime simulators on the market and selected NAUTIS for its high quality, ease of use, flexibility and cost-effectiveness," commented Mitko Aleksandrov, vice rector, Technical University of Varna.
"The user-friendly software tools provided by VSTEP will allow our students and teachers to not just become good sailors, but also ship designers, hydrodynamics engineers and hydrographers."
As part of the project, VSTEP will include exercise areas like the Port of Varna, the Bosporus and the Dardanelle Strait on the simulators.