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Inauguration of Bulgarian academy with Transas simulators

The Bulgarian naval academy, equipped with new Transas simulators, has been officially inaugurated, marking the start of the academic year.

Bulgaria’s president Rosen Plevenliev and other officials attended the ceremony at the N.Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna, Transas reports.

The training centre recently received the extended Transas Navigational simulator NTPRO 5000, a full-mission Engine Room Simulator (ERS 5000), GMDSS Class simulator, and Vessel Management Traffic System (VTMS) simulator.

Transas says that the new set-up creates a “total ship” environment with a real-time connection between the navigational and engine room simulators, where two main units can interact with each other during training exercises.

The Transas Navigational simulator, which was installed at the academy several years ago, was expanded by transforming two workplaces of virtual class to two bridges with five and three visualisation channels each. The bridges are also equipped with ARPA/Radar simulation and Navi-Sailor ECDIS modules. Transas says that its radar picture generation algorithm offers realistic relief and target reflection, weather conditions and noise simulation.

The Navi-Sailor ECDIS module allows for both IMO 1.27 and type-specific ECDIS training, while the VTMS simulator has been upgraded to the latest version and extended with additional workplaces for an instructor, a communication operator and a trainee. The GMDSS simulator is also to be upgraded and will offer work space for eight trainees.

The Full Mission Engine Room Simulator has eight workstations, and its software comprises ship models that make it possible to train the future crews of ANZAC frigate ships, diesel electric cruise vessels and diesel-engine product tankers. The existing ERS 4000 simulator was also upgraded to ERS 5000 version for six trainees.

N.Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy is the oldest technical school in Bulgaria. It trains specialists for the Navy and for merchant marine.

In related news, Transas has also installed a Full Mission Engine Room Simulator at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, on which students will be able to train to operate the machinery on a MAN B&W 60MC Tanker.

Trainees will learn to perform basic maintenance of electrical equipment, align, install and repair machinery, maintain control circuits, verify measuring instruments, perform quality control and assurance, design and fabricate jigs and fixtures, inspect ship systems and machinery components, supervise work on machining systems, and assist to execute commissioning and testing activities.

Once they have accomplished the course, they will receive a certificate, allowing them to advance their careers as marine supervisor and foreman (mechanical).

Transas says that the configuration of the full mission simulator is designed to train advanced operation and troubleshooting, and it also includes resource management training as well as final training and certification.

One of the key features of the new platform is the advanced 3D visualisation. System diagrams can be displayed on a multi-display video wall for monitoring and control, and operations can be carried out from the 3D visual model.

Graham Wagstaff, business development manager, Transas Marine International, said: “The full mission simulator will be used to teach the operation and trouble-shooting of marine propulsion, auxiliary and electrical equipment.”

“Having identified faults in the simulator, students from the Higher Marine engineering course will carry out repairs on real equipment located in the state-of-the-art training workshop. Transas is pleased to have assisted in the development of this unique training methodology”.

The Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, was established as a post-secondary education institution in 1992 under the Ministry of Education.

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